Stabler Arena, Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA United States 11-09-93 Total CD Time 79:03 / 22 Tracks Matrix: HAWK 067
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Nirvana Bootography Review: This show can be found on three commercially available bootlegs. This version is missing the first track (Radio Friendly Unit Shifter), which is on the Legacy of Noise disc containing this show (Legacy of Noise is shorter and missing the LAST two tracks). At a whopping 79+ minutes in length, you can't ask for much more. The track listing on the inlay skips the first track and begins with "Breed," thus throwing off the entire listing by one song (don't you hate it when that happens?).
Unfortunately, this disc has a few problems early on. "Drain You" gets VERY quiet at points... apparently the taper is trying to get better position. Tracks 1 and 2 have some "drop out" where the sound is briefly interrupted. "About A Girl" is the worst... it gets pretty messed up in a couple of places. Heat-Shaped Box is completely ruined for the first minute of the song... the left channel anyway. The right channel is fine. It's somewhat surprising that these errors are found on a Hawk disc... while they aren't the most spectacular and innovative label, collectors can usually feel confident when buying their discs because they put out good stuff.
Despite these problems, the sound for the disc is pretty good. A paragraph describing disc defects is enough to scare most folks away, but all is not ruined. The rest of the show is a fantastic "In Utero" performance captured with a crisp, clear digital recording. Territorial Pissings, School, and Milk It are the highlights as the band is in great form and Kurt sings with power.
It's a toss-up whether a collector should opt for this version or "Legacy of Noise." "Nevermind the Bollocks!" contains the complete recording, but is spread over two discs and might not be worth the extra expense. This disc is probably better for a more experienced collector, but most Nirvana fans will enjoy it for the power the band puts into their performance.
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