It’s not often there are release series for bootlegs, but there are always exceptions. This is part five (V) in a five (V) part Nirvana series released by Spanish “label” Discos Toro Salvaje. he series follows no chronological order and has no continuity to them either. All the parts are a mish mash of material, featuring live versions, studio takes and demos from various time frames throughout Nirvana’s history. Part three is entitled Outcesticide III The Final Solution. There are also CD counterparts, also bootlegs, to the vinyl versions, which have longer track listings/more songs than its vinyl counterpart.
As with all bootlegs, pressing info is hard to come by. Even if you can find pressing info you have to take it with a grain of salt considering everything about bootlegs is less than reputable. However, there have been multiple pressings of this boot series. It was first pressed back in 2012. The 2012 pressing was on red vinyl. And there is either a variant of the 2012 pressing (if there is only one pressing from 2012) or two separate pressings from 2012, as there is a small portion of the 2012 pressing that is hand numbered out of 200 copies. There are also 100 copies pressed on red that have the same hand numbered sticker. This hand numbering is found on a white sticker placed directly on the back of the jacket. I’m not sure if the hand numbered copies are on red vinyl or a different color entirely. The writing on the stickers is done in different color ink. The only ink colors I’m aware of are red and blue. I’m not sure if the ink colors translates into vinyl color; as in blue ink is only used for blue vinyl, red ink only for red vinyl. An interesting note is that I have some other bootlegs with an identical sticker with hand numbering.
What is featured here is the most recent pressing from 2014, done on 180 gram clear vinyl. That is the extent of my knowledge of this pressing in terms of pressing info. I know it shares the same catalog number as the 2012 pressing (OUT3), and has the same track listing, album art, etc.
Here is the track listing:
- Rape Me
- Pennyroyal Tea
- Drain You
- Mr. Moustache
- Even In His Youth
- Polly (electric)
- Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Serve The Servants
Here are the sources for this bootleg. Side 1: Tracks 1-3 are from a French tv show called “Nulle Part A” and was recorded/filmed on either s2/4/94 or 4/2/94, the jacket switches back and forth at random between the U.S. (month/day/year) and Euro (day/month/year) date formats. Track 4 is from Dave Grohl’s Pocketwatch demo tape. Track 5 is from a live show in Hanau, Germany on 11/18/89. Track 6 is from a studio session done at Reciprocal Studios in Seattle on 12/24/88.
Side 2: Tracks 1-2 are from a studio session done at Music Source Studios in Seattle in October 1989. Track 3 was recorded live at MTV Studios on either 10/1/92 or 1/10/92 (date formatting issues mentioned above). No specific show is mention on the jacket, but this is definitely not the MTV Unplugged version. Tracks 4-5 are from an Italian tv show called “Tunnel” recorded/filmed on 2/23/94. Track 6 has no specific source, it just says “Seattle 11/25/1990.”
Part 3 of this series features the most recognizable Nirvana songs, even to the casual listener. Audibly this part of the series if hit or miss. The first three songs on side A sound great. This boot is notable because it features a rare electric take of “Polly.” However, the sound quality of this track leaves a lot to be desired. Since it’s a studio take it’s tough to slam it, but it sounds pretty raw and has a ton of dead spots in it. No pops or clicks, just the distinctive sound of speakers humming struggling to pick up audio due to the channels being left open during recording.