Nirvana - From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

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From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah is the second live album by American alternative rock band Nirvana, originally released in October 1996 via DSG Records.

Kurt Cobain's guttural holler kicks off this live album named after a river that runs through the late singer and guitarist's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington.

Although these concert recordings - taped at various Nirvana shows between December 1989 and January 1994, just three months before Cobain's suicide - were captured far from Aberdeen's murky waters and logging mills, the songs represent another chance for Nirvana to resolve the disparity between their humble beginnings as a loud, abrasive punk band and their subsequent meteoric rise to fame.

Compiled and sequenced by the band's surviving members, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah is a proud reclamation of the fury, raw power and incredible songwriting that were all but buried under the crush of analysis that followed Cobain's untimely death.

It was not Cobain the artist but Cobain the young man who collapsed under the weight of stardom and his coronation as the voice of a generation, the saviour of rock & roll. Still, when listening to the inspired performances on Muddy Banks, one can hardly believe that, by the end of his life, Cobain felt like a fraud, as though he was punching a clock each time he walked onstage. But then, drugs and depression are the ultimate deceivers.

What actually comes across on this record is the bittersweet mix of rage and despondency in Cobain's raw exhortations, whether in the grinding pop of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or the two-minute blast of "Sliver". Muddy Banks is not a tribute to a lost soul; it's a gift from his friends. Novoselic and Grohl have given Cobain one last opportunity to piss off your parents, wake the neighbours, blow out your car speakers and traumatize the family dog.

Muddy Banks is riotous and liberating, showing Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl - along with In Utero tour guitarist Pat Smear and, on the two '89 tracks "Polly" and "Breed," early drummer Chad Channing - in their most natural state, smashing instruments and inducing irreversible tinnitus. Even "Teen Spirit" finds Cobain's guitar reeling outside the song's melodic boundaries and sparking new life in that nearly played-out hit. Listening to the roaring crowds pitted against Nirvana's flailing din, you have to wonder how a band this noisy ever got so famous.

Cobain's singing on this album is as muddled as it ever was - a frustrated but dire attempt to communicate. It's not as if the words are everything, though, because Cobain's inflections speak volumes. Coupled with the music, the tension in his voice builds from one song to the next as if these performances were all part of one solid show. By the stop-and-start pummeling of "Negative Creep", Cobain sounds as though he is literally going to explode.

In his liner notes to this album, Novoselic advises, "Let all the analysis fall away like yellow, aged newsprint. Crank this record up!" There's one catch: By the end of From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah, you want more. Except you can't have it. When Kurt Cobain died, he took it with him. (Rolling Stone)

Check out the tracks: “Aneurysm”; “Heart-Shaped Box”; “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Milk It”. 

This reissued double LP with printed inserts is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(720642510513)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Intro

0:52

A2

School

2:40

A3

Drain You

3:34

A4

Aneurysm

4:31

A5

Smells Like Teen Spirit

4:47

A6

Been A Son

2:07

B1

Lithium

4:10

B2

Sliver

1:55

B3

Spank Thru

3:10

B4

Scentless Apprentice

3:31

B5

Heart-Shaped Box

4:41

C1

Milk It

3:45

C2

Negative Creep

2:43

C3

Polly

2:30

C4

Breed

3:28

C5

Tourette’s

1:55

C6

Blew

3:36

D

(Untitled – Outtakes and Banter)

6:02

SKU 720642510513
Record Label DGC
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number DGC2-25105
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 11 March 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 October 1996
Barcode # 720642510513
Shipping Weight 0.4500kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Printed Inserts, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Grunge
Genre Alternative Rock
Format VINYL LP

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