In 1994, Nirvana set out on what would be their last tour in support of In Utero. Their setlists were fairly static at the time, drawing heavily from both In Utero and Nevermind. But some shows were significant. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” was rarely played in Europe, switched out with the nearly Europe-only “Very Ape.” “Sappy” was played for the first time since 1990 on this leg too, but only at a handful of shows. The leg itself was cut off after March 1st, the final Nirvana show.
The February 16th show at Rennes, France is significant as it has both of the aforementioned rare tracks appearing in the Encore:
In 2011, Nevermind was reissued in a “Super Deluxe” fashion containing “Devonshire” mixes of all songs except for “Polly” (which wasn’t tracked at Sound City – it came from the Smart Sessions). This mix was done by Butch Vig and significantly more raw than it’s multiplatinum counterpart.
The same could be said for Steve Albini’s “2013 Mix” of In Utero, which is on both the Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissues of the album.
A great playlist is three things:
1. Song Selection
2. Song order
3. Track Version Control1
The first two were provided by Nirvana in France. The second was brought to you by the producers of their classic records. Turn it up and enjoy. Use just once and destroy.
- (which version of the track you choose) ↩