Pearl Jam isn’t the only band from Seattle’s so-called grunge rock scene celebrating a significant 20th anniversary this year.
The Nirvana camp is commemorating its landmark 1991 album “Nevermind” with a pair of archival releases on Sept. 20. The deluxe edition is a two-CD set featuring a remastered version of the original album along with B-sides from its singles, including five live tracks, as well as a second disc of rarities. The super deluxe edition, meanwhile, adds two more CDs — one of rough mixes producer Butch Vig created during the sessions, another from a concert at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre — as well as a DVD featuring the Paramount show and music videos for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are,” “Lithium” and “In Bloom.”
VH1 and its affiliated networks will show “Live at the Paramount” at 11 p.m. Sept. 23, and DVD and Blu-ray editions of the concert come out Sept. 27.
“Nevermind,” Nirvana’s second album, came out on Sept. 24, 1991, and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. It was the top album of the year in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics poll and was ranked No. 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It also appears as Time magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums list in 2006, a year after the Library of Congress added “Nevermind” to the National Recording Registry.
Nirvana recorded just one more album, 1993’s “In Utero,” before the band ended after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994.
A Nevermind20.com web site has been launched with comments from fellow artists such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Fans can upload their memories as well, along with photos and memorabilia having to do with Nirvana.