Anniversary reissues are big business, and they don’t come much bigger than this – the 20th birthday of grunge’s biggest blockbuster. The millions of angst-ridden teens who lapped up Nirvana’s Nevermind are now comfortably in the their thirties with disposable income to blow on nostalgia and myth.
This customary double-disc deluxe edition boosts a healthy wealth of unreleased nuggets – studio demos from April 1990 show how focused Kurt Cobain’s spontaneous-sounding arrangements were a good year before recording, while muddy boombox rehearsal tapes are strangely voyeuristic, but add little to unravelling the creative process.
Most interesting to the casual listener are the original B-sides, including six live cuts which act as a timely reminder of just how thrilling the trio were on stage.
The four-CD set rounds out with a disc of curiosity-only, early mixes of the LP, and both a CD and DVD of an available-elsewhere Halloween show. Frankly not worth the hefty price tag.