From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

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From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Nirvana-FromTheMuddyBanksOfTheWishkah.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1996
Recorded1989–1994
GenreGrunge
Length53:55
LanguageEnglish
LabelDGC
ProducerShauna O' Brien, Diane Stata
Nirvana chronology
Singles
(1995)
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
(1996)
Nirvana
(2002)
Singles from From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
  1. "Aneurysm (promo)"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Drain You (promo)"
    Released: 1996

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a live compilation album by American rock band Nirvana, released on October 1, 1996. It features live performances recorded between 1989 and 1994.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. It spent 25 weeks on the chart and became the band's sixth platinum album since 1991.[1]

Release[edit]

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah was the second Nirvana album to be released following the death of vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994. It was compiled primarily by bassist Krist Novoselic, who also wrote the album's liner notes. Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl had originally intended on releasing a live album in 1994 to accompany what became MTV Unplugged in New York in a two-disc set originally titled Verse Chorus Verse, named after both a Nirvana song and the most prevalent song structure in the band's music, but were emotionally unable to compile it so soon after Cobain's death.[2]

The album's title refers to the Wishkah River in Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain claimed to have spent nights sleeping under the Young Street Bridge as a teenager (as referenced in the song "Something in the Way", from the band's 1991 release Nevermind). This claim has since been refuted by Novoselic, who said, "He never lived under that bridge. He hung out there, but you couldn't live on those muddy banks, with the tide coming up and down. That was his own revisionism."[3]

No commercial singles were released from the album, but promotional singles were sent out for radio play for a number of the songs, including "Aneurysm" (US and UK), "Drain You" (US), "Lithium" (the Netherlands), and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Spain and France). A limited edition promotional box set was also released in Australia containing three promotional singles for the songs "Aneurysm", "Heart-Shaped Box", and "Polly". The box set also included Nevermind: It's an Interview, a promotional interview disc released in 1992.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[7]
NME9/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[11]
Spin8/10[12]
The Village VoiceA[13]

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah became Nirvana's third consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, and fourth to top the chart overall.

Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone described it as the "emotional, visceral flip side" of MTV Unplugged in New York, and as "riotous and liberating", showing the band "in their most natural state, smashing instruments and inducing irreversible tinnitus."[2] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "a little scattershot" but "still a terrific record" which "finds a great band in top form."[4] American music critic Robert Christgau wrote, "I play Unplugged to refresh my memory of a sojourner's spirituality. I'll play this one when I want to remember a band's guts, fury, and rock and roll music";[13]

The album was ranked at number nine in Rolling Stone's 's 1997 critics' poll of the top 10 albums of 1996,[14] and number 14 in Spin's "20 Best Albums of 1996" list.[15]

Keith Cameron welcomed the compilation's emphasis on the "positive...versions of 'Polly' and 'Breed' from the Lamefest gig at London's Astoria in December 1989, [the night] Nirvana opened for Mudhoney and Tad at a two-thirds empty theatre, [and] served notice that they were the band destined to redirect the gaze of the pop world onto a town called Seattle."[This quote needs a citation]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kurt Cobain, except where noted.

No.TitleOther writersLength
1."Intro" (recorded by Craig Montgomery at the London Astoria, December 3, 1989.) 0:52
2."School" (recorded by VPRO-TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at Paradiso, November 25, 1991.) 2:40
3."Drain You" (recorded by Westwood One at Del Mar Fairgrounds, CA, December 28, 1991.) 3:34
4."Aneurysm" (recorded by Westwood One at Del Mar Fairgrounds, California, December 28, 1991.)Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic4:31
5."Smells Like Teen Spirit" (recorded by Westwood One at Del Mar Fairgrounds, California, December 28, 1991.)Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic4:47
6."Been a Son" (recorded by VPRO-TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at Paradiso, November 25, 1991.) 2:07
7."Lithium" (recorded by VPRO-TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at Paradiso, November 25, 1991.) 4:10
8."Sliver" (recorded by Craig Overbay at the Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, November 10, 1993.) 1:55
9."Spank Thru" (recorded by Stereoral at Il Castello Vi de Porta, Castello 41 Rome, November 19, 1991.) 3:10
10."Scentless Apprentice" (recorded for MTV Live and Loud by Scott Litt at Pier 48, Seattle, December 13, 1993.)Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic3:31
11."Heart-Shaped Box" (recorded by Craig Overbay at the Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, December 30, 1993.) 4:41
12."Milk It" (recorded by Craig Overbay at the Seattle Center Arena, January 7, 1994.) 3:45
13."Negative Creep" (recorded by Andy Wallace at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, October 31, 1991.) 2:43
14."Polly" (recorded by Craig Montgomery at the London Astoria, December 3, 1989.) 2:30
15."Breed" (recorded by Craig Montgomery at the London Astoria, December 3, 1989.) 3:28
16."tourette's" (recorded by Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. in Reading, England at the Reading Festival, August 30, 1992.) 1:55
17."Blew" (recorded by VPRO-TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at Paradiso, November 25, 1991.) 3:36
Vinyl edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
18."Untitled" (various concert outtakes and stage banter on side 4)5:47

Personnel[edit]

Nirvana

Production

  • Scott Litt, Craig Montgomery, Craig Overbay – engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Shauna O'Brien, Diane Stata – production, production coordination
  • Andy Wallace – engineering, mixing on tracks 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, and 13
  • Krist Novoselic – liner notes
  • Robert Fisher – design
  • Lisa Johnson, Kevin Mazur, Charles Peterson – photography
  • Mark Kates – photography, A&R

Charts and certifications[edit]

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