by Dave Segal
on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM
Sub Pop is reissuing Nirvana's debut LP, Bleach, with a bonus disc containing a previously unreleased live recording from 1990.
Please allow me an indulgent personal reminiscence: I recall buying a white-vinyl copy of Bleach soon after it came out in 1989 and loving the hell out of its raw, scathing yet catchy rock. "Love Buzz" and "School" were my jams. So I was stoked to learn that Nirvana would be coming through southeastern Michigan, where I lived then, to support that album. Turned out, they were the opening act for Flaming Lips at a small Ann Arbor club called the Blind Pig. Despite some technical problems, Nirvana tore it up and totally outshone the headliners.
After Nirvana's set, I bought a T-shirt (the one emblazoned with the unforgettable litany "fudge packing crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") from Kurt Cobain. Yeah, dude was selling his own merch back then. I told him that Nirvana were better than Mudhoney (a heretical opinion at the time), and Cobain muttered his disagreement. I insisted on my rightness, but he was having none of it. Then Nirvana blew up two years later and made Everett True a rich man. And then I wore the shirt until it disintegrated. The end.
Thank you for your patience. Now for the press release and a ripping Shocking Blue cover.
NIRVANA’S PLATINUM DEBUT ALBUM BLEACH TURNS 20
SUB POP RE-ISSUES RE-MASTERED BLEACH WITH ADDED UNRELEASED LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM 1990
Seattle, WA - Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Both formats will be available for pre-order at subpop.com leading up to this edition’s release.
Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ’89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Pop’s very favorite Nirvana full-length. The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.
This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 48-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.
Bleach: Deluxe Edition 1. Blew 2. Floyd the Barber 3. About a Girl 4. School 5. Love Buzz 6. Paper Cuts 7. Negative Creep 8. Scoff 9. Swap Meet 10. Mr. Moustache 11. Sifting 12. Big Cheese 13. Downer
Live at Pine Street Theatre 1. Intro 2. School 3. Floyd the Barber 4. Dive 5. Love Buzz 6. Spank Thru 7. Molly's Lips 8. Sappy 9. Scoff 10. About a Girl 11. Been a Son 12. Blew