Nirvana

Branlez-Vous

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Back in 1990, there were two types of live performances for Nirvana: gigs in small clubs and appearances in larger venues as an opening act. There is no shortage of bootlegs that were recorded during Nirvana's pre-Nevermind period; one of them is Branlez-Vous, which focuses on a club date in Montreal, Canada on April 17, 1990. Nirvana offers a generally inspired, if uneven, set that includes a lot of songs from 1989's Bleach ("Negative Creep," "About a Girl," "Floyd the Barber," "School," Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," among others) as well as a cover of the Vaselines' "Molly's Lips." In 1990, Nirvana still had some growing and developing to do, although this set underscores the band's enormous potential. Unfortunately, Branlez-Vous doesn't have very good could quality -- even though this is a soundboard recording, the quality isn't nearly as sharp or as clean it as it could have been. There are many live bootlegs of pre-Nevermind Nirvana that boast excellent sound quality, but you can't say that about this CD, which doesn't sound terrible but certainly wouldn't impress an audiophile either. Branlez-Vous is strictly for completists.

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