Sub Pop to Reissue Nirvana’s Bleach
Nirvana’s 1989 debut Bleach is a whole lot more than Nevermind’s wily, unformed precursor. It’s a monster of an album in its own right, a gnarled blast of fuzzed-out frustration that still finds room for some seriously sneaky melodies. The canonized R.E.M. move “About a Girl” is a clear highlight, but so is the snakey Zep-esque stomper “Love Buzz”. Really, the whole thing absolutely destroys, and some days it’s my favorite Nirvana album.
Bleach turns 20 this year (feel old yet?), and Sub Pop is planning a deluxe reissue on CD and 180 gram white vinyl. (The first run of Bleach was also on white vinyl, appropriately enough.) The 20th anniversary edition is due November 3. Jack Endino, the album’s original producer, oversaw the remastering, which was done from the original tapes.
This edition will also include a complete recording of a never-before-released 1990 live show at Portland’s Pine Street Theatre, remixed by Endino from original tapes. And there’s a booklet: 48 pages on CD and 16 on LP, featuring previously unseen photos.