Live at Reading [DVD] review by Nirvana

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  • Released: Nov 3, 2009
  • Sound: 8
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (7 votes)
Nirvana: Live at Reading [DVD]

Sound — 8
The band played well, very "grungy." Dave Grohl, as we all know, is such a hard hitting drummer, which went well with Kurt's brutal chord progressions. Since this video was taken in '92, they didn't have Pat Smear to fill the guitar parts while Kurt soloed, and Krist Novoselic on bass just couldn't complete the sound as well as another guitarist could. Kurt's voice was rough as ever, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there was no auto-tune as the listener finds out after hearing Kurt shank a few notes here and there. Kurt also would have to improvise guitar parts after mistakes, like the solo of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which wasn't very kind on the ear. Overall a good performance by Kurt and the band!

Content — 9
The DVD comes with a CD as well, but only has the concert. There is no extra interviews with the band, or unseen footage or anything like that. The set list featured almost all of "Nevermind" and "Bleach," and the little bit of "In Utero" that had been written. I'm very happy with the song selection, all the hits that had been written (this being in 1992) were played. This was the exact set list thanks to 00. The Rose (Bette Midler song) (Kurt sang a bit of lyrics of... more) 01. Breed 02. Drain You 03. Aneurysm 04. School 05. Sliver 06. In Bloom 07. Come as You Are 08. Lithium 09. About a Girl 10. Tourette's 11. Polly 12. Lounge Act 13. More Than a Feeling (Boston cover) (Jam) 14. Smells Like Teen Spirit 15. On a Plain 16. Negative Creep 17. Been a Son 18. All Apologies 19. Blew Encore: 20. Dumb 21. Stay Away 22. Spank Thru 23. Love Buzz (Schocking Blue cover) 24. Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple cover) (Jam by Krist and Dave) 25. The Money Will Roll Right In (Fang cover) 26. D-7 (Wipers cover) 27. Territorial Pissings (The Star Spangled Banner outro jam)

Production Quality — 7
The picture wasn't exactly blu-ray but it was still very good. The sound quality during the concert was great, as if you were actual there. The DVD didn't feature song titles during the concert, and the only "animated addition" it did have was the "Nirvana Live at Reading" sign they put in the screen at the beginning of the concert. From beginning to end all you would see on screen was the band. They obviously cut out crowd noise during songs, and maybe made the band's audio a little louder, but they didn't correct pitch or errors or edit out curses or anything.

Overall Impression — 9
This is the classic live concert type video that Springsteen, the Stones, The Beatles, AC/DC, and countless other artists have done. Just the concert from start to end nothing else. I really liked how the audio of the band made it seem that you were there, it doesn't have that cellphone video sound to it, it was very well recorded. The only thing that I wish was better was the performance of "All Apologies," where the band falls apart in every aspect. If this DVD was stolen I would buy another. A great purchase!

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