Archive for May, 2008

Nirvana…on Vinyl

May 7, 2008

Recently, I was able to purchase a record player at a flea market, and I got it hooked up and ready to play records. Only one problem. The only record I owned was a scratched up Leadbelly record my brother bought for me a few years ago for $1.99. Quite the steal, if you ask me. So, as you can see, I needed to build my vinyl collection up from nothing. I went to my local record store, that has one of the widest selections of any record store in the country. I went to the vinyl section and searched for the Nirvana sub section. To my surprise they had new copies of the “Bleach” album (the one that most people don’t own). So I snatched it up, even though I already had it on CD. I got a few more Jazz LPs and called it a night and went home.

When I got home I went into my room and dropped the needle on “Bleach”. I was blown away. The sound was so rich and full I felt like they were in my room. Sub Pop’s use of the 180 Gram Vinyl was a stroke of genius because it provides the best sound possible. A regular vinyl already provides a better sound than CDs, but the thicker vinyl gets better grooves and the needle picks them up better. The only way the sound could have been better would to be on the needle picking up the vibrations myself.

Sound ranges I had never heard on “Bleach” before came in crystal clear. Tracy Marander’s front cover photo is so detailed on the 12 inch cover. The inner circle art on Side A gives us the old school Nirvana logo they used before adopting their infamous logo for the “Bleach” release. Side B has the artwork for The Seven Layers of Hell from Dante’s Inferno. The ONLY drawback to this vinyl is that it does not include “Big Cheese” or “Downer”. I did not expect it to have “Downer” because it was not included on the original pressings of the vinyl, tape, or CD of “Bleach”, but I would have liked “Big Cheese” especially since it was the B-Side to their first single. Oh well, still highly recommended.



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