Live at Reading

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Live at Reading
Live album by Nirvana
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded August 30, 1992 at the Reading Festival, Reading, England
Genre Grunge
Length 78:00
Label DGC
Producer Nirvana, Michael Meisel, John Silva
Nirvana chronology
Sliver: The Best of the Box
(2005)
Live at Reading
(2009)
Icon
(2010)
Nirvana video chronology
MTV Unplugged in New York
(2007)
Live at Reading
(2009)
Live at the Paramount
(2011)

Live at Reading is a live CD/DVD by the American grunge band Nirvana released on November 2, 2009, chronicling its 1992 performance at the Reading Festival in Reading, England. Bootlegged for years following the performance, the new issues present the performance for the first time mastered and color corrected.

The performance of the band's 1992 hit single "Lithium" was previously released on the home video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! in 1994. The performance of "tourette's" was previously released on the live compilation From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah in 1996.

Live at Reading marks the first time on a Nirvana release that Chet Powers receives songwriting credit for the use of his lyrics from the song "Get Together" as the intro for "Territorial Pissings". It features Cobain wheeled out on stage by music journalist Everett True.

Reception[edit]

According to Metacritic, Live at Reading holds a score of 93 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim,"[1] and is ranked seventh on the site's list of best-reviewed albums, along with it being the No. 1 best reviewed alternative album. Krist Novoselic states that it's a great way to look back at his Nirvana memories.[2]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 93/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[4]
Blare 4/4 stars[5]
BBC very favourable[6]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly A[8]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[10]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[12]
Robert Christgau A[13]

Sales and Impact[edit]

The CD version of Live at Reading debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.; the DVD version debuted at Number 1 in the top 40 on the magazine's Top Music Video Chart, remaining in the top 40 for 25 weeks.[14] Despite lack of promotion, Nielson SoundScan reports that, as of mid-2010, Live at Reading has sold more than 50,000 copies in the United States alone, with more than 200,000 copies sold worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kurt Cobain, except where noted.

  1. "Breed" – 2:57
  2. "Drain You" – 3:54
  3. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic) – 4:34
  4. "School" – 3:12
  5. "Sliver" – 2:13
  6. "In Bloom" – 4:33
  7. "Come as You Are" – 3:34
  8. "Lithium" – 4:23
  9. "About a Girl" – 3:09
  10. "tourette's" – 1:51
  11. "Polly" – 2:48
  12. "Lounge Act" – 3:04
  13. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:44
  14. "On a Plain" – 3:00
  15. "Negative Creep" – 2:54
  16. "Been a Son" – 3:23
  17. "All Apologies" – 3:25
  18. "Blew" – 5:23
Encore
  1. "Dumb" – 2:34
  2. "Stay Away" – 3:41
  3. "Spank Thru" – 3:05
  4. "Love Buzz" (Robbie van Leeuwen) (Shocking Blue cover, appears only on DVD version) – 4:56
  5. "The Money Will Roll Right In" (Tom Flynn, Chris Wilson) (Fang cover) – 2:13
  6. "D-7" (Greg Sage) (Wipers cover) – 3:43
  7. "Territorial Pissings" (Cobain, Chet Powers) – 4:30

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production

References[edit]

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