Nirvana ‎– In Utero

Geffen Records ‎– GED 24536, Geffen Records ‎– GED24536, Sub Pop ‎– GED 24536, Sub Pop ‎– GED24536
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1 Serve The Servants 3:34
2 Scentless Apprentice
Music By – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt CobainWords By – Kurt Cobain
3 Heart-Shaped Box
Engineer [2nd With Scott Litt] – Adam KasperMixed By [Additional] – Scott Litt
4 Rape Me 2:49
5 Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle 4:07
6 Dumb
Cello – Kera Schaley
7 Very Ape 1:55
8 Milk It 3:52
9 Pennyroyal Tea 3:36
10 Radio Friendly Unit Shifter 4:49
11 Tourette's 1:33
12.1 All Apologies
Cello – Kera SchaleyEngineer [2nd With Scott Litt] – Adam KasperMixed By [Additional] – Scott Litt
12.2 Silence 20:09
12.3 Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip
Written-By – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain

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Track 12.3 is an exclusive international bonus track. It can be found at the end of track 12 at 24:00.
It's described as "Devalued American Dollar Purchase Incentive Track" on rear sleeve.

Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
Published © 1993 Virgin Songs/The End of Music BMI

℗ & © 1993 Geffen Records, Inc., an MCA company.
Distributed by BMG, a Bertelsmann Music Group company.
Produced by special arrangement with Sub Pop Records.

Printed in Germany
Made in France

Some early copies had a sticker affixed to the front of the jewel case which read "Exclusive International Bonus Track" followed by the catalogue number.

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  • Barcode (Printed): 7 20642 45362 9
  • Price Code (F:): BM650
  • Label Code: LC 7266
  • Rights Society: BIEM GEMA
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): GED 24536 MPO 03 @
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): GED 24536 MPO 09 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): GED 24536 MPO 08 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): GED 24536 MPO 03 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): GED 24536 MPO 05 @
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): GED 24536 MPO 07 @

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DGCD-24607 Nirvana In Utero(CD, Album, DAD) DGC, Sub Pop DGCD-24607 US 1993 Sell This Version
GED 24536, 424 536-2 Nirvana In Utero(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Geffen Records, Sub Pop, Helicon Records GED 24536, 424 536-2 Israel Unknown Sell This Version
0600753453049 Nirvana In Utero(Blu-ray-R, Album, Unofficial, Multichannel) DGC 0600753453049 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
GEC24536, GEC 24 536 Nirvana In Utero(Cass, Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GEC24536, GEC 24 536 France 1993 Sell This Version
ES 2339 Nirvana In Utero(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 2339 Poland Unknown Sell This Version


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January 11, 2015

Completely alienated by his music and suffocated by the unbearable weight of success, Cobain tried to escape, pouring all his demons in the most personal album of his – short - career. Running away from what Nirvana had become, he tried to approach his music to the spontaneity of the beginnings. Recorded in two weeks by Steve Albini, In Utero is a derailed noise rock album closer to Jesus Lizard sickness than to Nevermind youth discomfort. Dissonant arpeggios, drunken melodies and acid feedbacks represent an harsh deviation from mainstream rock world in which Nirvana were deeply trapped in. Yet In Utero doesn’t portray only the disquieted and disturbed side of Cobain poetic, but also the jaded, frail and desolated one: through depressed melodies, the cathartic power of which wouldn’t have been sufficient to save its author. One of the most intense opus of its decade.


January 22, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Probably Nirvana's finest achievement. It's much less glitzy sounding than Nevermind was - and could have been even less so as Steve Albini's original, rougher sounding recordings were remixed by Scott Litt of REM (production) fame. It'd be wonderful to hear these original recordings as a re-release (like the Beatles did with Let it be [Naked]). It'll probably never happen - but that's major labels for you. According to Kurt's diaries, the original idea was to release the Albini version on vinyl and 8-track(!) only through Touch and Go recordings, and the radio friendly version on CD through Geffen. Nice idea but i'm sure Geffen didn't fancy licensing one of their biggest selling artists ever to some trendy label just so the cool kids could have the Albini version on vinyl. You never know though - they've already released about as many rarities as they can in the With The Lights Out box set, sure they'll try and milk the legacy a bit more in the next few years...


January 10, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Rumoured to be have originally been titled 'I Hate Myself and I Want To Die', In Utero was a marked improvement on the previous 2 albums, Bleach and Nevermind, and offered glimpse of what might have been had things not turned out the way they did.
This album would be my recommended start point for anyone not familiar with Nirvana.
Hard, fast, energetic for the most part but with tracks that showed another side to the band, a side highlighted on the excellent 'Unplugged in New York' album.
The fact that there's a 15 to 20 minute gap of silence between tracks 12 and 13, is made less tedious to skip through by the quality of the track thats hidden, a real gem surpassed on the album by only a handful of tracks, including the sublime All Apologies, the almost balladic Heart Shaped Box and the superbly aggressive Scentless Apprentice, one of my favourite tracks ever by any artist, any genre.

"I lie in the the soil and fertilize mushrooms,
Leaking out gas fumes made into perfume"

RIP and thanks.


March 1, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
This is one interesting artefact of grunge era. It wasn't recieved as well as Nevermind, but in retrospect its a certain improvement over their breakout album. Nevermind, in my opinion, suffered from some being a little bit samey, whereas In Utero, as said by Cobain himself, is more varied and better recorded album. It is also scary and quite punishing in many places - as if though Cobain cut open his head for anyone to see. In fact, one of the songs (Tourette's) is blindingly fast and no wonder that it was later covered (not sure whether it was serious or ironic version) by death metal band Impaled.