YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #39 US, #14 UK
SINGLES: Sliver (#90 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Dive, Stain, Benn a Son, Polly
LINEUP: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and either Dave Grohl, Chad Channing, Dale Peters or Dale Crover
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Odds and ends release between their two major label releases has some essential tracks and some odds and some ends.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ah, the rarities record. Bands, especially now, have a lot of B-sides, EP cuts, cuts to charity records, etc. that are released but hard to find. So instead of box sets coming out when the group is gone, many artists now release these to tide over fans during a hiatus.
Nirvana being Nirvana, people were scrambling for any product they could find. They had released some singles and EPs to bolster foreign tours before things went insane, and had recorded a couple of B-sides, oddities and tracks for compilations that were now floating around everywhere. So DGC grabbed some and made some money, honey.
It definitely is an odds and ends collection. The first four cuts are killer, and the covers of Devo and the Vaselines are inspired. But as it goes on you know why some of these were in the can. The fast version of Polly takes away from the poignancy, and some seem incomplete.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Five tracks were from their original demo tape made in 1988.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. The box sets have supplanted this, but it’s a decent value proposition
GRADE: B-: Stop it after six or seven cuts and its great. Then…odds and ends time where you pick tracks at your peril.