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Nirvana's masterpiece the way it was supposed to be heard! After Nirvana handed in the first mix done by legendary producer Steve Albini, Geffen records decided that In Utero was not commercial enough for release. The record label had it remixed by Scott Litt and released the version we are now familiar with. After 20 years, Albini was asked to revisit the album and try to recreate the mix he turned in years ago. This version is as close to the original mix as we will ever get. Don't miss a chance to hear the record as it was intended! 2013 remastered reissue on 180-gram vinyl. Double LP 45RPM version in gatefold sleeve with digital download card.
Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience -- an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even though the band tempered some of Albini's extreme tactics in a remix, the record remains a deliberately alienating experience, front-loaded with many of its strongest songs, then descending into a series of brief, dissonant squalls before concluding with "All Apologies," which only gets sadder with each passing year. Throughout it all, Cobain's songwriting is typically haunting, and its best moments rank among his finest work, but the over-amped dynamicism of the recording seems like a way to camouflage his dispiritedness -- as does the fact that he consigned such great songs as "Verse Chorus Verse" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" to compilations, when they would have fit, even illuminated the themes of In Utero. Even without those songs, In Utero remains a shattering listen, whether it's viewed as Cobain's farewell letter or self-styled audience alienation. Few other records are as willfully difficult as this.
Tracklist Show Credits
|A1||Serve The Servants||3:37|
|B2||Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle||4:12|
|D1||Radio Friendly Unit Shifter||4:52|
Original Release Year: 1993
Catalog #: B0018959-01
Format: 2 x 12" Vinyl LP (45 RPM)
Vinyl Color: Black