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Clare Quilty | a little pad in hawaii | 11/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Another solidly-made, thoroughly interesting entry in the "Classic Album" series, this time focusing on Nirvana's landmark album, "Nevermind."
The doc goes through the tracks with in-depth analysis, and also talks to Grohl, Novoselic, Butch Vig and others.
There's not much else to say about the piece, except that if you love Nirvana, you'll probably find this completely absorbing.
And check the deleted scenes, too; I was surprised at how much important stuff was there. The documentary itself is only 48 min., so I'm not sure why they cut out scenes such as the analysis of "Drain You"; a section about Grohl's joining of the band (it's tough to overstate the importance of that addition to the band); a funny anecdote about the band's stymied attempt to travel from Seattle to L.A. to begin pre-production; and a look at the cover art that actually talks to the baby on the album cover -- now a likable and very hip-looking teenager.
This installment in the series is one of the better ones.
More interesting/informative than I thought!!!
Nancy J. Iacianci | 03/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I didn't get this dvd new, I got it used.I looked at it and it seemed to be in good condition so I figured "why not save a few bucks on practically the same thing?"That way I wouldn't have to worry as much if it was a dud, ya see?
Anyways, the dvd was better than I thought, so I definitely got my moneys worth!!!Butch Vig was pretty cool talking about the tracks and tricks of the trade that were used for the album.I think that "Drain You" is not only one of Nirvana's best tracks on Nevermind, but on any of their albums, so I'm glad it was mentioned!!!Ofcourse I would've enjoyed it much more if Butch Vig had gone as in depth with tracks like "On A Plain", "Stay Away", "Breed" and "Territorial Pissings" as he did with the others.
I also really enjoyed hearing about how Dave Grohl entered the band, making them not only more successful, but also a more powerful, better songwriting band too!!!Dave Grohl truly was one of the best things that happened to be with/in Nirvana!!!Once again, it's not about success as much as it was about them finally finding the perfect, much better all around musician for Nirvana.He not only does incredible drum work with/in Nirvana, he also does great (background) singing, which is also talked about and demonstrated on this dvd.
Even if you've already seen this dvd with a friend, I still recommend that you get it.It's worth a second watch for sure!!!
(I'm also really interested in seeing one of these about In Utero though.I like it just as much as Nevermind and believe that it's just as significant, ya know?)
A few holes but is better than most nirvana documentaries
lucifer_sam | 05/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i'm glad "nevermind" finally got a spot in the "classic albums" series. it's probably best to leave the story of a controversial and famous record like "nevermind" to a reputable name who actually have a budget and can get butch vig, krist novoselic, dave grohl, and thurston moore to appear in their dvds rather than a bunch of burnouts and junkies who maybe knew kurt in middle school. if you're interested in music engineering as i am, watching butch vig shave tracks off songs such as "in bloom" and "drain you" to reveal the individual vocal, guitar, and bass tracks naked is highly intriguing. the comments from dave and krist are interesting as usual as is the appearence of thurston moore from sonic youth, one of my other favorite bands.
one small complaint is that the flow of the footage seems kind of disorienting and vague at times, as one minute krist would be talking about how he and kurt smashed their gear to get off stage and close their set while the next minute butch vig will be telling a little anecdote about how he couldn't get kurt to double track vocals. this actually detracts from the overall value very little, however.
one other thing i missed in this release is the fact that the engineering aspects of songs such as "lounge act", "breed", "territorial pissings" (interesting in the sense that kurt plugged his guitar straight into the board), "on a plain", or "stay away" aren't to be found on this release. clips of most of these songs can be found on the release but there isn't much in-depth information about them. this is unfortunate, but this DVD dodges the bullet again and it doesn't ruin the experience. as an aside, the june 2005 issue of guitar world contains two long, excellent articles about the making of "bleach" and "nevermind" that complement the information on this DVD very well. the "nevermind" article is of interest because it does actually cover all of the songs on the album as well as the other songs that were recorded during the sessions but never used, such as "sappy" and "old age".
the exterior packaging is done very well too, keeping in with the watery theme of the cover art on "nevermind". as such, i kind of expected a bunch of morons to buy it and expect it to be a compilation of music videos or something and get all pissed off when it's just some lame-o documentary with a bunch of stupid-head old dudes playing around in a studio. try reading the packaging before you buy something, idiots. and there actually is one full-length video in this release: a really good live version of "polly" with an ethereal, watery backdrop being projected on the curtain behind the band. of course, i doubt this would please the "smells like teen spirit" teenie-boppers but i liked it. the bonus material is very good as well and includes an interview with the now grown-up baby pictured on the cover of the album, who has now become a stuttering sub-mongoloid who looks like he was loaded into a cannon and fired into a wall at pacsun. just like the kind of people who would buy a DVD about the making of "nevermind" and expect it to be a music video compilation."