Explore This: Nirvana Live at Man Ray 1990

nirvana at man ray 1990

nirvana at man ray 1990

Our Nirvana concert exploration rocks on with a little sonic time capsule treat courtesy of the The Boston Phoenix.

This recently unearthed Nirvana track is pretty sweet to listen to, and to be honest, it’s much better than the live tracks there were included on the Nevermind 20th anniversary release earlier this year.

Duane Bruce’s intro of the show is awesome and we’d like to know what you think of the recording too.

Here’s what the Boston Phoenix had to say about the recording:

Thanks to former WFNX DJ DUANE BRUCE, this one’s now up on the interwebs: the fabled performance given by the pre-Grohl version of NIRVANA at once-and-future goth club MAN RAY in Cental Square, Cambridge, on April 18, 1990. Depending on who you ask, there were somewhere between 60 and 75 people in attendance. Bruce, who can be heard introducing the band, recalls “Krist was his usual silly self . . . Kurt handed me a t-shirt as we headed for the stage. I read the back of it as I introduced them.”

As Pitchfork explains:

The set list mostly included tracks from Bleach, but also offered two Nevermind tracks, “Breed” (23:03) and “In Bloom” (26:30), which are introduced at the 22:47 mark: “This is from our next record, it’s gonna be out in September or something like that. It’s gonna be a rock n roll record! It’s gonna have all your rock favorites, and… it’s gonna be a blast!”

The recording also includes four tracks that ended up on Incesticide (“Dive”, “Stain”, “Been a Son”, and the Vaselines cover “Molly’s Lips”), and one early Cobain song, “Spank Thru”.

01 Live Set by Duane Bruce


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Photo credit via Boston Phoenix

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