I recently visited the Nirvana memoriam in Aberdeen on the Wishkah River. This is the bridge that is sung about in Something In The Way by Nirvana; Kurt said he used to sleep under this bridge when he was homeless. Many people have visited to write what they are feeling or a note to Kurt underneath the bridge. It was a surreal experience to see how many lives have been affected by Kurt and how his legacy will continue to affect the lives of the world.

Kurt Cobain’s guttural holler kicks off this live album named after a river that runs through the late singer and guitarist’s hometown of Aberdeen, Wash. Although these concert recordings — taped at various Nirvana shows between December 1989 and January 1994, just three months before Cobain’s suicide — were captured far from Aberdeen’s murky waters and logging mills, the songs represent another chance for Nirvana to resolve the disparity between their humble beginnings as a loud, abrasive punk band and their subsequent meteoric rise to fame.

Nirvana released From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah 17 years ago today. Take a look at our original review of the album.

Japanese CDs I received recently. The first three are Nirvana releases.

Nevermind, first pressing, 1991

Incesticide, first pressing, 1992

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, first pressing, 1996

+ Foo Fighters: One by One (2002), second pressing from 2003

+ Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (1989), second pressing from 1996