Nirvana’s historic Live At The Paramount Seattle concert will be released on vinyl for the first time on 5 April via Geffen/Ume.
The famed show which took place on 31 October 1991 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre will be released as a double LP that includes a 12″x 24″ poster insert, and a cloth VIP replica pass of those handed out during the original concert.
This marks the first time the concert has been released independently, it previously was included as bonus material on the Nevermind [20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition].
The band was newly flush with fame, having just released their groundbreaking Nevermind one month prior, and was reeling from their newfound fame with cameras all around to capture it all.
From the Vaselines cover ‘Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam’, which they would later reprise on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged, to the jangly ‘About A Girl’ and their seminal hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, it’s a setlist that dreams are made of, and put Kurt’s jagged and seering voice front and centre. The conclusion to the 19-song set includes ‘Rape Me’, a song that wouldn’t appear on a studio release until 1993’s In Utero.
One can hear the crowd moshing along like it’s just another lost Halloween night out, unknowingly witnessing music history. For anyone who wasn’t around during the band’s peak, this release offers the closest replication to an in-concert experience.
Shot on 16mm, the concert footage captured this eclectic evening offers a time capsule of a band at the precipice of global stardom.
Nirvana’s Live At The Paramount can be bought here.
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Jesus Doesn’t Want me For A Sunbeam
Floyd The Barber
Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Been A Son
On A Plain