Nirvana - Bleach

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Bleach is the debut studio album by American grunge rock band Nirvana, released in June 1989, by Sub-Pop Records.

Recorded for a smidgen over $600, some Nirvana die-hards argue that Bleach is Nirvana’s finest work. Such connoisseur’s say that while Nevermind is revered as the soundtrack for ‘Generation X’, its reluctant spokesman, Kurt Cobain, shows his true colours in Bleach, before the unwanted fame that ultimately cost his life took a hold.

Sophomore release, Nevermind, gripped the music world and thrust Cobain into the celebrity role he seemed to detest, but it also triggered interest in Bleach and uncovered the gems that had been hidden, with original sales of just 6,000 copies.

Subsequent Nirvana albums had a lyrical complexity to them, matching the personal struggles that Cobain went through whilst writing them. Bleach differs since its quality lies in the simplicity of the songs that deliver the crux of the album – the boredom of growing up as a confused teenager in a sleepy part of conservative America.

Kicking off with the dirty sound of Blew and Floyd The Barber – a couple of furious, dark and muddy openers. The albums’ stand-out track All About A Girl is a ballad that should be used as a template by Emos, with Cobain’s superb throaty vocal over a much poppier sound than much of what we are normally used to from Nirvana.

School is the classic example of the minimalist grunge, with just four lines hidden under a filthy base and the album reaches a thrilling crescendo with the angry duo of Big Cheese and Downer.

But it is what’s missing that makes Bleach important – Chad Channing’s hit-and-miss drumming before Dave Grohl took over the sticks and the rushed production job that leaves the album full of feedback and distortion. Combined, these two factors are what make Bleach special, adding a chaotic and grimy feel that Nirvana, as the darlings of the Seattle grunge scene, stood for.

Check out these tracks: All About A Girl; Blew; Floyd The Barber; Big Cheese and Downer.

This 2011 remastered vinyl LP from the original analogue master tapes includes a printed inner sleeve and digital download, pressed in the US.

 

(098787003413)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Blew       

2:55

A2

Floyd The Barber

2:18

A3

About A Girl

2:48

A4

School

2:42

A5

Love Buzz

3:35

A6

Paper Cuts

4:06

A7

Negative Creep

2:56

B1

Scoff

4:10

B2

Swap Meat

3:03

B3

Mr. Moustache

3:24

B4

Sifting

5:22

B5

Big Cheese

3:42

B6

Downer

1:43

SKU 098787003413
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number SP034
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 November 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 15 June 1989
Barcode # 098787003413
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Remastered Audio from the Original Master Tapes, Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Grunge
Format VINYL LP

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