Nirvana Celebrates 30 Years of ‘In Utero’ With Reissue

The three Super Deluxe Edition releases comprise a total of 72 tracks with 53 previously unreleased tracks

Nirvana Celebrates 30 Years of ‘In Utero’ With Reissue

The three Super Deluxe Edition releases comprise a total of 72 tracks with 53 previously unreleased tracks

To say that Nirvana‘s third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was one of the most impactful records of the modern era would be an understatement. Originally released September 21, 1993, In Utero‘s unadorned sonic rawness was received by critics and fans with equal measures of shock and elation, as Steve Albini‘s recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt CobainKrist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies and causing a seismic pop cultural shift, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of “Serve The Servants” through the bittersweet closing strains of “All Apologies,” In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted musical force of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they’d never seen coming—and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. 

In Utero went on to mark Nirvana’s first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified 6x platinum in the United States.

Geffen/UMe commemorates the 30th anniversary of In Utero with several multi-format reissues, arriving on October 27, 2023. Configurations include a limited-edition 8LP Super Deluxe box set, 5CD Super Deluxe box set, 1 LP + 10” edition, 2CD Deluxe edition, and a Digital Super Deluxe edition.

Pre-order/Pre-save Nirvana – In Utero: 30th Anniversary HERE.

The three Super Deluxe Edition releases comprise a total of 72 tracks with 53 previously unreleased tracks. Among the unreleased material, two full In Utero-era concerts, namely Live In Los Angeles (1993) and the band’s final Seattle performance, Live In Seattle (1994), are included in addition to six bonus live tracks from Rome, Springfield, and New York. Seattle producer and engineer Jack Endino—who helmed the band’s 1988 debut Bleach—reconstructed the live tracks from stereo soundboard tapes for this year’s reissue. Additionally, In Utero’s original twelve songs, along with five bonus tracks and B-sides, have been newly remastered from the original analog master stereo tapes by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Services—who assisted Albini as the only other engineer at the original sessions.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

The physical Super Deluxe Edition box sets also boast a removable front-cover acrylic panel with the album’s iconic Angel; a 48-page hardcover book with unreleased photos; a 20-page newly designed fanzine; a Los Angeles tour poster lithograph by hot rod artist Coop; replicas of the 1993 record store promo Angel mobile, three gig fliers, two ticket stubs for Los Angeles and Seattle, an All-Access tour laminate, and four cloth sticky tour backstage passes: Press, Photo, After Show, and Local Crew.

Available exclusively at online stores at uDiscovermusic.com and SoundofVinyl.com and limited to 3000 units worldwide, fans who buy either Super Deluxe Edition will receive a Nirvana acrylic stand to display their angel-on-acrylic panel included in both boxset configurations.

Nirvana recorded In Utero over the course of six days in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, MN with Albini. Retrospectively, Pitchfork rated it a rare perfect score of “10.0” and wrote, In Utero is the sort of painful shock that, paradoxically, reinstills the empowering sensation of feeling alive. Upon its arrival back in 1993, David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone, “In Utero is a lot of things—brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it’s a triumph of the will.

Be on the lookout for more news about In Utero: 30TH Anniversary Edition very soon.

For more Nirvana, visit www.nirvana.com.

ABOUT NIRVANA:

Formed by friends Kurt Cobain and Krist NovoselicNirvana emerged from Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. The band’s full-length debut Bleach was recorded in 30 hours for $606.17 and released in 1988 on Sub Pop, soon becoming the biggest seller in the label’s history. Joined by drummer Dave Grohl, the trio delivered Nevermind in 1991, peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200, going RIAA Diamond in the United States, and moving over 30 million copies worldwide as “one of the best-selling albums of all-time, according to Soundscan. The 1993 follow-up In Utero bowed at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum in 10 countries and gold in 9 more. The Nirvana catalog is also highlighted in the U.S. by the newly Diamond-certified single “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” platinum Incesticide [1992], 8x-platinum MTV Unplugged in New York [1994], and platinum From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah [1996]. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® during its first year of eligibility in 2014. Beyond selling a total of 75 million records globally, the band has collected 1 American Music Award, 1 BRIT Award, 7 MTV VMA Awards, and 2 GRAMMY® Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award in 2023. Standing out as one of the most-streamed rock bands of the modern era, Nirvana’s music has endured through generations and eras at an unmatched level of influence.

IN UTERO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (8-LP SUPER DELUXE)

The 8LP Super Deluxe features 180-gram pressings of the album + 5 B-sides & bonus tracks newly remastered from 96kHz 24-bit transfers of the original analog master tapes, 2 complete concerts from Los Angeles ’93 & Seattle ‘94 plus 6 bonus live songs from the tour – 72 total tracks – 53 unreleased tracks. Bonus items: an Angel-on-acrylic panel; 48-pg book with unreleased photos; new 20-pg fanzine; LA gig poster litho; 2 ticket stubs; replicas of the promo Angel mobile, 3 gig flyers, all-access tour laminate & 4 backstage passes.

LP 1
IN UTERO
Original Album Remastered

SIDE 1

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb

SIDE 2

1. Very Ape
2. Milk It
3. Pennyroyal Tea
4. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
5. tourette’s
6. All Apologies

LP 2:
BONUS TRACKS & B-SIDES
Remastered

SIDE 1

1. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
2. Marigold
3. Sappy 
4. Moist Vagina
5. I Hate Myself And Want To Die

BONUS LIVE 1993/1994

SIDE 2

1. Serve The Servants (Live in Rome)*
2. Scentless Apprentice (Live in Rome)*
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Live in Rome)* 
4. Very Ape (Live in Rome)*
5. Milk It (Live in Springfield)*
6. tourette’s (Live in New York)*

LP 3-5
LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Great Western Forum – December 30, 1993

SIDE 1

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*

SIDE 2

1. Come As You Are*
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
3. Sliver*
4. Dumb*

SIDE 3

1. In Bloom*
2. About A Girl*
3. Lithium*
4. Pennyroyal Tea*

SIDE 4

1. School*
2. Polly*
3. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle*
4. Rape Me*
5. Territorial Pissings*

SIDE 5

1. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
2. The Man Who Sold The World*
3. All Apologies*
4. On A Plain*

SIDE 6

1. Heart-Shaped Box
2. Blew*
3. Feedback Jam*

LP 6-8
LIVE IN SEATTLE
Seattle Center Arena – January 7, 1994

SIDE 1

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*

SIDE 2

1. Come As You Are*
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
3. Sliver*
4. Dumb*

SIDE 3

1. In Bloom*
2. About A Girl*
3. Lithium*
4. Pennyroyal Tea*

SIDE 4

1. School*
2. Polly*
3. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle*
4. Milk It
5. Rape Me*

SIDE 5

1. Territorial Pissings*
2. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
3. The Man Who Sold The World*
4. All Apologies*

SIDE 6

1. On A Plain*
2. Scentless Apprentice*
3. Heart-Shaped Box*
4. Blew*

* Previously unreleased

IN UTERO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (5-CD SUPER DELUXE)

The 5CD Super Deluxe features the album + 5 B-sides & bonus tracks newly remastered from 96kHz 24-bit transfers of the original analog master tapes, 2 complete concerts from Los Angeles ’93 & Seattle ‘94 plus 6 bonus live songs from the tour – 72 total tracks – 53 unreleased tracks. Bonus items: an angel-on-acrylic panel; 48-pg book with unreleased photos; new 20-pg fanzine; LA gig poster litho; 2 ticket stubs; replicas of the promo angel mobile, 3 gig flyers, all-access tour laminate & 4 backstage passes. 

CD 1
IN UTERO
Original Album Remastered

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb
7. Very Ape
8. Milk It
9. Pennyroyal Tea
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
11. tourette’s
12. All Apologies

BONUS TRACKS & B-SIDES
Remastered

13. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
14. Marigold
15. Sappy 
16. Moist Vagina
17. I Hate Myself And Want To Die

CD 2 & 3
LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Great Western Forum – December 30, 1993

CD 2

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*
5. Come As You Are*
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
7. Sliver*
8. Dumb*
9. In Bloom*
10. About A Girl*
11. Lithium*
12. Pennyroyal Tea*

CD 3

1. School*
2. Polly*
3. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle*
4. Rape Me*
5. Territorial Pissings*
6. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
7. The Man Who Sold The World*
8. All Apologies*
9. On A Plain*
10. Heart-Shaped Box
11. Blew*
12. Feedback Jam*

CD 4 & 5
LIVE IN SEATTLE
Seattle Center Arena – January 7, 1994

CD 4

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*
5. Come As You Are*
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
7. Sliver*
8. Dumb*
9. In Bloom*
10. About A Girl*
11. Lithium*
12. Pennyroyal Tea*

CD 5

1. School*
2. Polly*
3. Frances Farmer Will Haver Her Revenge On Seattle*
4. Milk It
5. Rape Me*
6. Territorial Pissings*
7. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
8. The Man Who Sold The World*
9. All Apologies*
10. On A Plain*
11. Scentless Apprentice*
12. Heart-Shaped Box*
13. Blew*

BONUS LIVE 1993/1994

14. Serve The Servants (Live in Rome)*
15. Scentless Apprentice (Live in Rome)*
16. Heart-Shaped Box (Live in Rome)* 
17. Very Ape (Live in Rome)*
18. Milk It (Live in Springfield)*
19. tourette’s (Live in New York)*

* Previously unreleased

IN UTERO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (2-cd deluxe edition)

The 2CD Deluxe Edition features the album newly remastered from 96kHz 24-bit transfers of the original analog master tapes plus 14 previously unreleased live tracks from the ‘93/’94 In Uterotour. Each song on In Utero is represented with a live performance from Los Angeles, Springfield, Rome, New York & Seattle plus two cover songs widely played throughout the tour: The Vaselines’ “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam” & David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” Housed in a softpak with newly designed 20-pg booklet.

CD 1
IN UTERO
Original Album Remastered

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb
7. Very Ape
8. Milk It
9. Pennyroyal Tea
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
11. tourette’s
12. All Apologies

CD 2
LIVE 1993/1994

1. Serve The Servants (Live in Rome)*
2. Scentless Apprentice (Live in Rome)*
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Live in Rome)* 
4. Rape Me (Live in Seattle)*
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Live in Seattle)*
6. Dumb (Live in Los Angeles)*
7. Very Ape (Live in Rome)*
8. Milk It (Live in Springfield)*
9. Pennyroyal Tea (Live in Los Angeles)*
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live in Los Angeles)*
11. tourette’s (Live in New York)*
12. All Apologies (Live in Los Angeles)*
13. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam (Live in Seattle)*
14. The Man Who Sold The World (Live in Seattle)*

* Previously unreleased

IN UTERO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (LIMITED EDITION 1LP + 10 INCH)

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl plus 5 B-sides & bonus tracks pressed on a 10-inch, all tracks have been newly remastered from 96kHz 24-bit transfers of the original analog tapes by original album engineer Bob Weston. Original album artwork has been expanded to a premium tip-on gatefold jacket for the first time with new 10-inch jacket art.

IN UTERO Remastered – Side A:

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb

IN UTERO Remastered – Side B:

1. Very Ape
2. Milk It
3. Pennyroyal Tea
4. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
5. tourette’s
6. All Apologies

BONUS 10-INCH – Side A:

1. Gallons Of Rubbing Alchohol Flow Through The Strip
2. Marigold

BONUS 10-INCH – Side B:

1. Sappy
2. Moist Vagina
3. I Hate Myself And Want To Die

IN UTERO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY (DIGITAL SUPER DELUXE)

DISC 1
IN UTERO
Original Album Remastered

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb
7. Very Ape
8. Milk It
9. Pennyroyal Tea
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
11. tourette’s
12. All Apologies

BONUS TRACKS & B-SIDES
Remastered

13. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
14. Marigold
15. Sappy 
16. Moist Vagina
17. I Hate Myself And Want To Die

DISC 2
LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
Great Western Forum – December 30, 1993

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*
5. Come As You Are*
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
7. Sliver*
8. Dumb*
9. In Bloom*
10. About A Girl*
11. Lithium*
12. Pennyroyal Tea*
13. School*
14. Polly*
15. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle*
16. Rape Me*
17. Territorial Pissings*
18. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
19. The Man Who Sold The World*
20. All Apologies*
21. On A Plain*
22. Heart-Shaped Box
23. Blew*
24. Feedback Jam*

DISC 3
LIVE IN SEATTLE
Seattle Center Arena – January 7, 1994

1. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
2. Drain You*
3. Breed*
4. Serve The Servants*
5. Come As You Are*
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit*
7. Sliver*
8. Dumb*
9. In Bloom*
10. About A Girl*
11. Lithium*
12. Pennyroyal Tea*
13. School*
14. Polly*
15. Frances Farmer Will Haver Her Revenge On Seattle*
16. Milk It
17. Rape Me*
18. Territorial Pissings*
19. Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam*
20. The Man Who Sold The World*
21. All Apologies*
22. On A Plain*
23. Scentless Apprentice*
24. Heart-Shaped Box*
25. Blew*

BONUS LIVE 1993/1994

26. Serve The Servants (Live in Rome)*
27. Scentless Apprentice (Live in Rome)*
28. Heart-Shaped Box (Live in Rome)* 
29. Very Ape (Live in Rome)*
30. Milk It (Live in Springfield)*
31. tourette’s (Live in New York)*

* Previously unreleased

Bass Magazine   By: Bass Magazine