One of the biggest rock albums of the 1990s, Nirvana’s Nevermind, has re-entered the UK album chart, 20 years after it was first released.
A special anniversary edition of the album was released last week, bringing the seminal work to new ears and back to fans. It reached number five yesterday (October 2nd), according to the Official Charts Company.
It marks the best position the album has gained in the UK, as it only reached number seven when it was first released in September 1991. However, since then it has achieved a huge cult following, particularly after lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death in 1993.
The 20th anniversary re-mastered edition features the original album, which includes tracks Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are, as well as a second disc of previously unreleased mixes.
Since its original release, over 30 million copies of Nevermind have been sold worldwide and its influence can be attributed to a host of alternative rock bands ever since.
A number of events are being held this year to mark the anniversary of the album. In Bloom: The Nirvana Nevermind Exhibition opened in London and featured previously unseen photographs of live shows and other memorabilia including guitars owned by Cobain. A DVD of Nirvana’s live gig at Reading Festival has also been released.
Another re-mastered classic album entered the UK album charts this week. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, which was released in 1973, entered at number 11 with its re-mastered version. The original album peaked at number two.
James Morrison has returned to the music scene after a short break away with his third album, The Awakening, entering straight in at number one. It sold almost twice that of last week’s number one, Kasabian’s Velociraptor!, which moved down one place.
Ed Sheeran’s album + fell to the number three spot, while Adele continues to occupy the top five for another week with her album 21.
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