Who hasn't heard of this band, whether you loved or hated them. Fact remains, they're still an enormous musical entity even after they were violently broken up by intense frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide on April 8, 1994. Almost a decade after the event, the 15 classic rock tunes that re-launched rock music into the spotlight during the early to mid-90s still feel fresh and alive after electronica got out of hand. The opening song on the album is the previously unreleased last track recorded by the band, You Know You're Right. It's everything you'd have expected of the band. It would've been great if they could pull one (like they did on live shows) by excluding the song that made them the (reluctant) commercial success they became. Yes, I'm talking about Smells Like Teen Spirit - overplayed for years but I can still enjoy it as I'm sure all the global Nirvana fans do. The collection consists of tracks taken from their releases including Bleach & the Blew EP (with Chad Channing on drums), the Sliver single (with Dan Peters on drums), Nevermind, In Utero and the stellar MTV Unplugged show. One could say that Dave Grohl was instrumental in their rise to fame when Nevermind shot through the roof…Hey, drummers need more credit than they're due (!). It's no secret that Cobain stood out as the band's mastermind. Hardcore fans would've wanted more from Bleach, some live tracks (other than Unplugged) or something from Incesticide. The other unforgettable songs include About A Girl, Been A Son, Penny Royal Tea, Come As You Are, Lithium, In Bloom, Heart-Shaped Box, Rape Me and the Unplugged numbers All Apologies, the
David Bowie cover The Man Who Sold The World and Where Did You Sleep Last Night. Each of these songs holds its own emotion, impact and level of personal experience (for both performers and listeners). The combination of this Seattle trio was just perfect - rebellious enough and capable to construct a song both carrying hard rock attitude as well as stand out as a "good song" whether it managed to gain critical acclaim and commercial success or not. While Grohl has gone on to make a success of his Foo Fighters band, I haven't heard much from bassist Krist Novoselic. Liner notes are written by David Fricke while the memories of these songs are all yours.

6 / A
- PB


6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A - Multiple Listening Prospects
B - Deserves Another Spin
C - Once Should Suffice