Nirvana to Release ‘In Utero’ 30th Anniversary Edition


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Nirvana: The band’s “In Utero” 30th anniversary edition will feature 53 previously unreleased tracks – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Anton Corbijn

Nirvana’s “In Utero” 30th anniversary edition will boast a bevy of extras, including live cuts and previously unreleased tracks

Nirvana’s sophomore “Nevermind” record usually gets all the attention when it comes to their discography. After all, that album put not only Nirvana but grunge music on the map. When “Nevermind” broke in the early 1990s, all bets were off. Grunge quickly became the most popular form of popular music. But, Nirvana’s third and final studio album, “In Utero,” is also special. Now, the album is getting honored on its 30th year with a special “In Utero” 30th anniversary set.

“In Utero” arrived on Sept. 21, 1993. At the time, there was huge hype around its released. It was the first release of original material since Nirvana’s groundbreaking “Nevermind” in 1991. The world was more than ready for new Nirvana music, and expectations were high. Nirvana delivered with a powerful, rowdy and somewhat controversial set. From the eerie, odd and somewhat controversial lyrics of “Heart-Shaped Box” to catchy grunge rock of “All Apologies,” Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl took what they did on “Nevermind” and matured on “In Utero.”

“In Utero” was Nirvana’s first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The album is also six-time platinum in the U.S. Now, the 30th anniversary celebration of “In Utero,” released by Geffen/UMe, will offer several multi-format reissues and arrive Oct. 27. Configurations include a limited-edition 8LP Super Deluxe box set, 5CD Super Deluxe box set, 1 LP + 10” edition, 2CD Deluxe edition, and a Digital Super Deluxe edition.

Some of the goodies include a three Super Deluxe Edition release, featuring 72 tracks with 53 previously unreleased tracks. Some of the unreleased material includes two full In Utero-era concerts and six bonus live tracks from Rome, Springfield and New York. Seattle producer and engineer Jack Endino, who produced Nirvana’s 1988 “Bleach” debut,” “reconstructed the live tracks from stereo soundboard tapes,” according to a release. Also, the original 12 songs on “In Utero,” as well as five bonus tracks and B-sides, have been newly remastered from the original analog master stereo tapes by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Services. To pre-order and pre-save “Nirvana – In Utero: 30th Anniversary,” go here. For more Nirvana, head to

Nirvana blew up in the 1990s, but they got their start in the 1980s Seattle scene. Find Audio Ink Radio’s feature on the best grunge songs of the 1980s here.

Cat Badra
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