LIVE NIRVANA BOOTOGRAPHY: Into The Black - Disc 1 & 2 - Demos and Sessions

Label: Tribute
Catalog Number:  (TR 101 / TR 102)
Recorded performance:  Compilation / Various

Disc 1 Runtime:  68:26 / 23 Tracks
Matrix: 60340XK1 NSW-19186
Disc 2 Runtime:  63:22 / 19 Tracks
Matrix: 80687M1 ANB-13211

Additional Artwork

Disc 1
01) If You Must 3:53
02) Downer 1:33
03) Floyd The Barber 2:06
04) Paper Cuts 3:49
05) Spank Thru 3:18
06) Beeswax 2:32
07) Pen Cap Chew 2:47
08) Beans 1:17
09) Hairspray Queen 4:04
10) Lithium 4:04
11) Sappy 3:15
12) Polly 2:41
13) Son Of A Gun 2:46
14) Dive 3:43
15) About A Girl 2:37
16) Opinion 2:45
17) Polly 1:47
18) Aneurysm 4:36
19) Something In The Way 3:13
20) Been A Son 1:52
21) Polly 2:34
22) Smells Like Teen Spirit 4:35
23) Territorial Pissings 2:39
Disc 2
01) Aero Zeppelin 4:30
02) Escalator To Hell 0:38
03) Beeswax 2:51
04) Mexican Seafood 2:03
05) Pen Cap Chew 2:59
06) Mr. Moustache 3:37
07) Blandest 4:03
08) Downer 1:40
09) Floyd The Barber 2:15
10) Paper Cuts 4:03
11) Spank Thru 3:27
12) Sifting ((Jam)) 5:22
13) In Bloom 4:28
14) Breed 3:13
15) Stay Away (Pay To Play) 3:31
16) Polly 2:52
17) Dive 3:59
18) Lithium (Mix 6) 4:26
19) Sappy 3:25
Into The Black - Disc 1 & 2 - Demos and Sessions

Live Nirvana Bootography Rating: A  98%

Live Nirvana Bootography Review:
This is as good a compilation as you will find anywhere. The "important" tracks are all high quality recordings. "Opinion" contains Kurt's conversation with the DJ (the conversation is left off of many discs). The "Lithium Mix Six" track on disc 2 is recorded properly and the drums are not overdriven as found in the Outcesticide series.

Not much can be said about compilation discs except for the quality of the sound. The sound is mostly excellent. Disc two could have been a little longer and included more tracks, and a few of the songs are officially released. That complaint aside.... this is as good a place to get these tracks as any.

Disc 1:

Tracks 01 - 07: Reciprocal Studios, Seattle, 01/23/88.
These tracks are pretty much useless now as they're all either officially released or available in better quality in other places, including Disc 2 of this set. Before the 'With The Lights Out' box set was released this was the best place to get 'If You Must'.
Copies taken directly from the tape used to make this CD are circulating.

Track 08: 4-track demo.
This infamous song was recorded by Cobain at some point in the late '80s. It is identical to the track on "Outcesticide III" and it doesn't sound as good as the version available through trading. The song was released on 'With The Lights Out', but the speed fluctuations are slightly different there, apparently Kurt did two differents takes experimenting with the pause button to achieve this speed fluctuation effect.

Tracks 09: Reciprocal Studios, Seattle, 01/23/88.
Pointless track. Just a highly generated dub of an officially released song, it's not an alternate mix or anything. This track might have been lifted from a vinyl bootleg.

Tracks 10-12: Smart Studios, April 1990.
From the 'Total Fucking Godhead' 7-inch vinyl, with some extra analog generations in-between. The vinyl itself is very harsh sounding, but it's still considerably better than these tracks. A proper transfer of this 7" is available in trading circles. 'Lithium' is the all-electric mix. The other two tracks are available in better quality in many other sources, including Disc 2 of this very set.

Track 13: BBC Session 10/21/90.
Horrible sounding copy of an officially released track. Possibly taken from a vinyl bootleg.

Track 14: VPRO Radio Session, 11/01/89.
Similar sound quality to "Outcesticide III", but missing the between song banter found there, and 'About A Girl' fades in.

Track 15: KAOS Radio appearance, 09/25/90.
Features some before/after song talking not found on most bootlegs. Similar quality sources with extra after-song talk are available among traders. Surprisingly, 'With The Lights Out' used a snippet from this disc to patch a glitch present on the tape Geffen had.

Tracks 17-20: BBC Session 11/09/91.
These tracks were taken from a vinyl bootleg. 'Polly', 'Aneurysm' and 'Been A Son' are exactly the same as on 'Incesticide', just worse sounding. 'Something In The Way' is an electric version that resembles the way it was played live. A perfect sounding and complete pre-FM version of this session surfaced in 2004, before then the best place to get 'Something In The Way' was Blue Moon's "The Complete Radio Sessions".

Tracks 21-23: MTV Studios 01/10/92.
These could be considered "bonus tracks". The sound is very good, but not as good as versions found in trading circles.

Disc 2:

Tracks 01-12:
This is a band-made compilation of songs recorded at Reciprocal Studios during 1988.
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 are from 1/23/88. Tracks 6, 7 and 12 are from the 6/88 "Love Buzz" session. Track 2 is an experimental 4-track recording.
At the time this bootleg was made only four of these tracks were officially released (tracks 1, 3, 4 and 8) and it was the best source for 'Pen Cap Chew' and 'Blandest'. Some collectors consider 'Blandest' to be better than the track on 'With The Lights Out' because of the way the official release was mastered.
'Mr. Moustache' and 'Sifting' have surfaced in better quality but they are different mixes, these tracks are still worth having.
'Floyd The Barber' and 'Paper Cuts' are the original mixes (these songs were remixed for 'Bleach'), this is the best source for 'Paper Cuts' and second best source for 'Floyd The Barber' as well as 'Spank Thru'.
'Escalator To Hell' is the "short" version, the best and complete version of this is available on a demo tape circulated by traders.
Copies taken directly from the tape used to make this CD are circulating.

Tracks 13-19: Smart Studios, Madison, April 1990.
These tracks were taken from a tape the band sent to record labels in 1990. They were originally intended to become a second album on Sub Pop, but were used as demos once the album was scrapped. 'In Bloom' was released officially by Sub Pop as a music video. 'Pay To Play' was released by Geffen on the 'DGC Rarities' compilation. 'Polly' and 'Dive' are different mixes to those that were officially released.
For a long time this was the best source for most of these tracks. Slightly better versions have been surfaced by traders.

Mislabels - Disc 2 :
"Hairspray Queen" Labeled As "Disco Goddess"
"Sappy" Labeled As "Happy"
"Escalator To Hell" Labeled As "Buzz Cut"
"Stay Away" Labeled As "Aneurysm" | all documents, unless otherwise noted, © 2001 - Present | Contact webmaster