Nirvana In Utero Super Deluxe: Part 2

Disc 2

Disc two is where the really juicy stuff comes, first and foremost being the 2013 Steve Albini remix of the whole album. And it’s not your typical remix. You can tell a lot of care was taken with this, and rather than a typical remix the album is almost re-imagined in a totally different way. It’s like listening to the album for the first time all over again, but like you’ve never heard it. It’s powerful and nastier. If anything it’s stripped down. And those tracks even at bare-bones are pretty fucking good. There are significant changes throughout the mix and a lot of them are really, really good. I’ll sum up the good and the blah for you.

tumblr_l0f76rjv9d1qbqb1do1_500The good:
-Scentless Apprentice just sounds amazing. Somehow it sounds even heavier than before. This may be the single best remix on this CD. It’s that damn good.
-Heart Shaped Box has more prominent backup vocals, and it sounds a lot nastier than the single we are all used to. It’s an excellent mix. The cymbals on the drums seem louder as well.
-Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle is a LOT more powerful, and sounds so good I dare say it could have been a single with this mix.
-The overlapping guitar on Very Ape is emphasized and it really makes it a more interesting song. Almost harmonic in it’s presence.
-Milk it still sounds like something straight out of a horror movie. But remastered, so fuck yeah.
-Radio Friendly Unit Shifter is over-driven and out of control, if you don’t fucking bob your head up and down to this song in your car you have no soul.
-The bass in All Apologies is emphasized, and the doubled backup vocals in the verse are gone. This leads to an extremely intimate version of the song that rocks at the same time. This is what it would have felt like to have Kurt Cobain singing in your living room. It’s a fucking AMAZING mix of a great song.

The blah:
-Serve the Servants starts out promising, sounds great and the whole deal. But it totally throws you off when a totally different solo (one that’s not nearly as good as the normal one) comes into the song. It’s a new take on the song, but not a better one.
-Dumb sounds way to naked with cello only in the bridge. You keep waiting to hear it and it never shows up. It was one of the charming things about the song.
-Pennyroyal Tea isn’t really better than the mixes on CD 1.

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Demos
There are a bunch of Demos included on this disc, but for-warned. Most of them don’t contain vocals. So you have to listen to them and consider the musical development of the song. It’s really cool to see how much they changed once recorded for the album.

The good:
-Scentless Apprentice does indeed have complete garbage vocals, but it’s a really cool demo of the song that I hadn’t heard before. Worth a listen.
-Dumb is really neat with all the extra reverby feeling to it. Would have been really cool with vocals.
-Radio Friendly Unit Shifter and Tourettes gives you a look at what it must have been like to listen to them jam while practicing.
-This is just a wonderful Demo of Marigold that’s a hidden gem on this CD.
-The All Apologies demo is truly a demo, but it DOES include vocals (though buried in the background). It’s this happy head-bobber version that makes you feel all fucking good inside.

The blah
-Frances Farmer doesn’t sound better slower.
-Very Ape is boring without vocals.
-Daves drum fills in Pennyroyal Tea stink. And I don’t say that about Dave Grohl pretty much ever.

The Never Heard Before shit
-Forgotten tune is a song that probably could have developed over time and been a B-side or something. Once again, no vocals, but it had some structure and I can kind of picture where it could have gone down the road.
-Jam is a sonic mess that’s pretty cool in an Endless Nameless sort of way. Hell it may even be better than Endless Nameless. But I’m not sure how you rate two tracks like this in the first place. They’re experimental noise for fuck’s sake.

So disc 2 really makes this set something to love. A lot of gems on it that true Nirvana fans will appreciate. I’ll be looking at disc 3 as soon as I get to it. Expect it sooner than later.

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