Nirvana

XXII MCMXCIV

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Recorded live in Rome, Italy, on February 22, 1994, XXII MCMXCIV documents what is said to be the last complete concert Nirvana ever performed, as Kurt Cobain's subsequent vocal problems (not evident here) cut short the remaining shows of their European tour. From the intro to the set opener, "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" (a wounded take on the "Smoke on the Water" riff), it's obvious that this is a high-caliber, stereo-soundboard recording. Although there are occasional lapses in quality, this is still an improvement over Roma. Cobain does periodically goof around vocally, but the band's performance is overall very strong. All of the hits are accounted for (including "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Heart-Shaped Box") and most key album tracks are represented as well (though "Negative Creep" is notably absent). "The Man Who Sold the World" is from Nirvana's appearance on MTV's Unplugged, and would later appear on Unplugged in New York.

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