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  • Summary: The entire performance by Nirvana at 1992's Reading Festival is released both as a CD and DVD.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Hints of this could be heard on the live comp From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, but this is a complete document of Nirvana in full flight and one of the greatest live rock & roll albums ever.
  2. However delayed Live at Reading‘s official release is, thankfully fans can finally rejoice and celebrate its long-awaited arrival. Few live shows are able to communicate a band’s heart and soul the way Nirvana’s is brilliantly encapsulated here.
  3. Live at Reading presents the band at its post-Nevermind peak. Watching Kurt Cobain radiate so much life is bound to trigger some tears.
  4. Reading is a far cry from pop-chart fodder. And while the jarring howl of Cobain's Fender and his gravelly delivery may alienate the more nonchalant corners of their fanbase, these ferocious renditions will be a godsend to the dyed-in-the-wool Nirvana following.
  5. 90
    Nirvana's headlining gig at the 1992 Reading Festival looms infamously large because of (a) that amazingly creepy photo of Kurt getting wheeled onto the stage looking like Norman Bates' mother, and (b) the show was a mind-blower--sloppy indie rock as stadium-filling psychedelic punk.
  6. New DVD/CD combo Live at Reading rides the wave of mutilation that was Nevermind, but its best moments dump Bleach, the busy shoot pausing to catch Cobain picking out debut detention "School."
  7. 60
    This is a fierce live performance by a band who didn’t always manage to hold things together onstage. It catches Nirvana at maximum intensity, aware of, but not disabled by, the contradictions that tormented Cobain and would eventually tear him asunder.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Ouisch
    Nov 5, 2009
    10
    This disc is amazing. I (along with probably every other Nirvana fan in the world) have been listening to bootlegs of this show for years. This disc is amazing. I (along with probably every other Nirvana fan in the world) have been listening to bootlegs of this show for years. What they did with the sound quality on this CD release is incredible. Sure there are some hiccups (the manipulated crowd noises/the cutting of onstage banter), but these were obviously done to make the CD flow better (and in the case of the banter, chop down the set enough to make it fit on one CD). This is the best "official" live release they've ever put out (miles beyond Muddy Banks of the Wishkah), and leagues beyond all the previous bootlegs I've heard of the show. If they can give the '94 Rome show the same treatment, I'll be a very happy fan. Expand
  2. FrankieB.
    Dec 10, 2009
    10
    Whenever something gets critical acclaim on this site im a little bit skeptical, but i have to say that metacritics rating is completely on Whenever something gets critical acclaim on this site im a little bit skeptical, but i have to say that metacritics rating is completely on the money. Nirvana in my opinion is the second best alternative rock band of the 90's (Helmet i consider the best overall 90's alt rock band, my criteria putting value on how much music they influenced, the bias of how well they speak to me as an individual, and the inevitable bias of "how popular they were". I understand Nirvana sold over ten times as much as Helmet but for some reason to me Helmet has a little more power). The ENERGY of this disc is FUCKIN AMAZING. Prior to hearing Live At Reading, it was AWHILE before i felt genuinely invigorated by a rock album. I was actually feeling depressed about the music industry in general until i heard this cd. When i heard the frenetic energy of this music, and Kurt Kobain's agonized, quirky delivery, I felt as rebellious and pissed off as i did when i was 15, and i mean that as the highest praise i can think of. I also recognize "School" as one of the most cathartic rock anthems ever made. All the material covered on this, which is mostly from Bleach and Nevermind and a handful of tracks from In Utero, are performed at the pinnacle of cathartic intensity. Expand
  3. DJ248
    Nov 7, 2009
    10
    At there peak Nirvana ruled the airwaves along with the arenas. I was lucky enough to see them live at the Michigan State Fair Grounds. They At there peak Nirvana ruled the airwaves along with the arenas. I was lucky enough to see them live at the Michigan State Fair Grounds. They made a cement floored animal born sound like the Abbey road recording studio. Mean and Raw. Thanks for the memories. Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    10
    I like Nirvana . Me parecen bastante buenos y me gusta ser un verdadero fan de la banda, tambien defendio sus valores y los admiro muchoI like Nirvana . Me parecen bastante buenos y me gusta ser un verdadero fan de la banda, tambien defendio sus valores y los admiro mucho tambien en ese sentido Expand
  5. JoseC.
    Dec 17, 2009
    10
    A Perfect Capturing of a Moment in Time in which Nirvana Captivated the World with their music, and we Forever knew no peer to Cobain.
  6. Apr 10, 2012
    9
    A brilliant live album from a brilliant band. Personally I find with most recorded live performances the quality isn't that great, but NirvanaA brilliant live album from a brilliant band. Personally I find with most recorded live performances the quality isn't that great, but Nirvana is an amazing band both in the studio and live and this album reveals that. A must have for fans. Expand
  7. PaulS.
    Nov 26, 2009
    7
    I don't understand music critics. Why does nearly every single music album have a near perfect score? Nirvana isn't THAT good. I don't understand music critics. Why does nearly every single music album have a near perfect score? Nirvana isn't THAT good. Sure, it's an OK, but no where near the score it was given. Collapse

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