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Thread: Album Club, October 2017: Nirvana - 'Unplugged'

  1. #1
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    Default Album Club, October 2017: Nirvana - 'Unplugged'

    This month's Album Club choice come courtesy of Oliver (Bigman80) with Nirvana's 'Unplugged'. As always please listen to the album in its entirety before you comment and/or vote.


    Nirvana Unplugged (Vinyl)




    I've spent 20 years with this album. I first heard it on a school trip to Germany in 1997. From that day to this I still love it. There's an eerie intimacy to this recording, dark but involving. It's very rare any singer would allow his vocals to be so exposed, no auto tune or redubbing of this album. Its just a raw performance.

    For me, side two is where all the magic happens, a group riding high in the charts, selling out venues worldwide and a lead singer/songwriter battling the effects of drug abuse and a manipulative wife all seem to be portrayed as "therapy" into a haunting cacophany of emotive music. Winter seems to draw me to this album, lights lowered, fire on and it just me and Kurt Cobain, displaying his anguish beautifully.

    Performance wise, the band are tight and well practiced. It's as good a performance I've heard anywhere other than "The Who Live at Leeds" and there's a very simplistic quality to the performance. Nothing elaborate, just music in its purest form Live

    Have a listen, rate it and enjoy.........hopefully!



    https://open.spotify.com/album/5pbjLidJuoty9QUOy6X682

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    Very good choice Oliver.
    Had this on vinyl for a few years now and enjoy each time it is played.
    Though I should spin it more often than I actually do.
    I agree with your summary of the band and music.
    Having played it all the way through (both sides) I would give it a strong 9/10
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    Fantastic album. I am a couple of years older than you, Oliver, but it takes me back to a similar time.

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    I'm glad it's transporting you back in time as it does me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sand Dancin Donkey Walker View Post
    Very good choice Oliver.
    Had this on vinyl for a few years now and enjoy each time it is played.
    Though I should spin it more often than I actually do.
    I agree with your summary of the band and music.
    Having played it all the way through (both sides) I would give it a strong 9/10
    Thank you Andy.

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    Fantastic album!

    A great excuse to have another listen to it.

    A thoroughly good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stairpost View Post
    Fantastic album!

    A great excuse to have another listen to it.

    A thoroughly good choice.


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    Thanks for the suggestion, I do like live albums. I have never listened to a Nirvana album, so a first for me. Must be something to do with my age and life moving fast when having a young family during that period.

    It took a couple of listens / watches via the YouTube link, to get into it. I preferred side 2 and especially the Bowie cover - The man who sold the world. 7/10 cheers
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