No Label Teatro Verdi - Muggia Italy 11-16-91 Il Castello - Rome Italy 11-19-91 Total CD Time 67:48 / 21 Tracks Matrix: HEAD 5
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Nirvana Bootography Review: Downtrodden was released in April, 2000 and contains the complete 11/16/91performance. This performance was first released on the scarce and long out-of-print Europe 1991. Downtrodden is not a clone of Europe 1991 (different track times), but appears to be identical in sound quality. The rumor is that someone associated with the Post Script label (the label that released Europe 1991) sent a taper to record this concert, which is why the recording appeared on CD before it ever entered trading circles. There are three bonus tracks from 11/19/91 that do not appear on Europe 1991.
The 11/16/91 performance is spectacular and features the rarities "Talk To Me" and "Oh The Guilt." The band sounds like they were having a good time, and there's a lot of energy... which is probably why they played these two rare songs at the end. Kurt teases the crowd that is singing along on "Sliver," changing the lyrics to "nya nya nya nya...". Mostly because of the two rarities and the decent sound quality of the show, I would recommend this disc. Be warned that this is an audience recording, and gets a little muddy at the end. Audience recordings aren't for everyone but you won't find a setlist like this for any other date.
The artwork and appearance of the disc are a little strange. The disc itself has the same picture that can be found on Leer. The front of the cover has the tracklisting and looks like it belongs as the back cover. The back cover looks like it was originally meant to be the front cover but no title was ever placed on it. The back and inside of the inlay are the same as the inside of Outcesticide IV's inlay. The matrix of the disc makes no reference to any Nirvana label that I know of.
If you're one of the many people who were never fortunate enough to find Europe 1991 then picking up Downtrodden is an excellent disc to add to your collection. Unless you have something against audience recordings, this is a show everyone should listen to at least once.
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