Nirvana's "Bleach" turns 20 with special edition

Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:01pm EDT
 
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By David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Nirvana's first full-length album, "Bleach," is getting a deluxe reissue treatment on the 20th anniversary of its release, the band's original label, Sub Pop, announced Friday.

The special edition will include a previously unreleased live performance, along with a newly remastered version of the original album and a collection of previously unseen photos of the band. The deluxe package is set for release on November 3.

"Bleach," the band's first album and its only full-length on Sub Pop, was recorded in December 1988 and January 1989 and was released in June of 1989. After initially selling more than 40,000 copies and starting the group's ascent to worldwide renown, the album went on to sell more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The reissue will include a complete live recording of the band's February 9, 1990, show at the Pine Street Theater in Portland, Oregon. The 11-song show includes a cover of the Vaselines' "Molly's Lips," and has been remixed from the original tapes by "Bleach" producer Jack Endino (who also oversaw the remastering of the original album for the new edition).

The remastered "Bleach" will be released as a single CD and a double LP, pressed on 180-gram white vinyl. More details about the release and preorder information can be found on subpop.com.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)