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Nirvana – Donkeyshow

(soniclovenoize Verse Chorus Verse reconstruction)

Side A:

1. Drain You
2. Aneurysm
3. Breed
4. Serve The Servants
5. Smells Like Teen Spirit
6. Spank Thru
7. Sliver
8. Dive
9. Lithium

Side B:

10. Rape Me
11. School
12. Sappy
13. Negative Creep
14. Heart-Shaped Box
15. Blew
16. Scentless Apprentice
17. Territorial Pissings


Notes from soniclovenoize:

(Albums That Never Were)

Hello there. Hope you are staying safe! Although quarantine restrictions are slowly being lifted, alas there won’t be any live music
anytime soon. So in remembrance of the magic that was a band making music right in front of you--just for you, the energy and passion,
the direct connection between artist and audience--I am going to upload a trilogy of famous live albums that never were. First is a
reconstruction of the unreleased 1994 live Nirvana album Donkeyshow. Originally the first disc of the double-live album Verse Chorus
Verse, slated for a November 1994 release, the album was canceled and instead the second disc was released as its own album: MTV’s
Unplugged. Donkeyshow was later meant to be released on its own, but was instead reimagined as 1996’s From The Muddy Banks of The
Wishkah. This reconstruction attempts to present what Donkeyshow was supposed to sound like, mostly using the performances originally
slated for inclusion on the album. Only the best sources were used, EQd and volume adjusted for album cohesion.

By 1994, Nirvana was the biggest rock band in the world. Upon the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain in April, that status was cemented,
although this ensured no new recordings from the band. With only a small discography of three studio albums and one rarities
compilation, Nirvana had made a tremendous impact on music and culture with a limited time and body of music. How can a record label
continue the legends of rock greats? Well, with a live album, of course!

By the summer of 1994, the Nirvana camp decided to prepare tapes for a double album of live material that covered their entire history,
in hopes to upstage the rampant bootleggers and satisfy the hunger for new music from Nirvana’s grieving fans. Titled Verse Chorus
Verse--which was at one point an early title of In Utero--the first disc would contain a compilation of recordings from their standard
electric show, ideally recreating an actual Nirvana concert. The second disc was to feature the entirety of the band’s recent
performance on MTV Unplugged. In effect, Verse Chorus Verse was meant to demonstrate the versatility of the band and present their
‘light’ and ‘dark’ sides. The double album was scheduled for a street date on Halloween and an official release on November 1st, 1994.

Although a rough assemblage of Disc One was compiled with promo tapes manufactured in-house at DGC Records and artwork proofed, Chris
Novoselic and Dave Grohl did not have the heart to continue the project, their wounds being too raw from the loss of their friend and
bandmate. Ultimately, Verse Chorus Verse was scrapped and the band instead chose to just simply release the second disc as MTV Unplugged.
It was a wise move; the album was considered a reverent eulogy for Cobain and a brilliant swan song for the band, winning a Grammy and
hailed as one of the greatest live albums of all time. Simultaneously released was the VHS Live! Tonight! Sold Out!, a finalized version
of a concept Cobain originally conceived: a documentary of the band’s rise to fame intermingled with live clips. The video sufficed as
the only souvenir of an official "electric" Nirvana show.

The remaining members of Nirvana never gave up on the concept of an "electric" live album and made plans to release Verse Chorus Verse’s
forgotten first disc as a standalone release called Donkeyshow (taken from Cobain’s often-said homophone of danke schoen). But
hindsight gave Grohl and Novoselic an opportunity to rethink the compilation itself, and Donkeyshow never saw the light of day.
Eventually Donkeyshow’s tracklist was slightly altered—using different live performances and completely remixing the others—and it was
reborn as 1996’s From The Muddy Banks of The Wishkah. The album debuted at number one on the charts and was the last word from Nirvana
in the decade they reigned.

Despite Wishkah’s success, the contents of the original Donkeyshow remained a great Nirvana mystery for some time, with fans wondering
what it had originally sounded like when initially conceived. Over a decade later, scans of the DGC in-house promo tape emerged,
revealing the songlist although without performance dates. Even though very few were privy to the audio, it was verified that only a
handful of versions from Donkeyshow actually made it to Wishkah! But with no leaked audio from the tape, the mystery only deepened as
Nirvana obsessives wondered what actual performances were on the album.

It wasn’t until December 2019 that Robert Fisher, Nirvana’s longtime art director, posted his long-lost test proofs for the actual
artwork for Verse Chorus Verse and Donkeyshow on his Instagram. Revealing for the first time ever not only what Verse Chorus Verse would
have actually looked like—which was a bit of an amalgam of the MTV Unplugged and Live! Tonight! Sold Out! artwork in a collaged gatefold
packaging—but the liner notes that specifically stated which shows each of the songs originated from! Surprisingly, many of the
recordings stemmed from some of Nirvana’s most heavily bootlegged live shows: Pat O’Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, CA 12/28/91, distributed as
a Westwood One promo CD; Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 10/31/91, Nirvana’s legendary Halloween show which was one of their most popular
bootlegs; Pier 48, Seattle, WA 12/13/93, recorded for and televised as MTV’s Live & Loud. Five of the cuts were the same performances
as heard on Wishkah (although in a different mix) and another five were sourced from otherwise completely unheard, uncirculated shows.
Two of the later--"Serve The Servants" from 1/7/94 and "Sappy" from 11/22/89--surfaced as low quality mp3s.

Since complete rips of the full 60-minute Donkeyshow do not circulate, we will use Fisher’s liner notes to reconstruct a facsimile
Donkeyshow from the best quality versions of the Paramount, O’Brien Pavilion and Pier 48 shows. The mixes from the five Wishkah-
overlapping recordings will not be used, as they are a bit muddy and Cobain’s guitar was mixed to mono; we will try to use the original
Andy Wallace mixes from the early 90s, at least in the case for the Paramount and Pat O'Brien Pavilion shows. Additionally, we will
substitute different soundboard recordings for the five songs not available, using similar, same-era recordings. We will also attempt
to match the side lengths as stated on the promo cassette for accuracy and master this reconstruction at a similar volume as the
original 1994 master of MTV Unplugged, as this would theoretically be paired with Donkeyshow, had it been released. Finally, to make
this Donkeyshow reconstruction a bit more authentic to an actual Nirvana concert, all mistakes were left as-is and we will include the
crucial element of any Nirvana concert (that Wishkah unfortunately overlooked): Novoselic’s drunken stage banter!

My reconstruction begins with a trio of songs taken from JWB’s excellent remaster of the O’Brien Pavilion bootleg, “Drain You”,
“Aneurysm” and “Breed”. Note that two channels of Cobain’s guitar is panned stereophonically, as opposed to the channels summed to mono
and panned slightly right as on Wishkah. On the actual Verse Chorus Verse/Donkeyshow, “Serve The Servants” from was taken from the
Seattle Center Colosseum 1/7/94; since that show is not available to us, I substituted the version from Pier 48, just 23 days earlier,
taken from the fourt disc of the In Utero 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe box set. Next is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” again from Del Mar.
On the original Donkeyshow, “Spank Thru” was taken from The Astoria 12/3/89; since we do not have that show available to us, I used the
version from Fahrenheit, MJC Espace Icare 12/1/89, two days earlier. “Sliver” from Del Mar again, then “Dive”, substituted with 12/1/89.
“Lithium” from Del Mar, yet again. They sure liked this show, didn’t they?

Side B—as heard on the promo tape versions—begins with the slower, early “Rape Me” from the Paramount Halloween show, taken from JWB's
remaster of the bootlegged original Andy Wallace mix. Next, “School” from the San Diego Sports Arena 12/29/93 is not available, so we
substitute the classic Palaghiaccio 2/22/94 version, from just under two months later. Likewise, the following “Sappy” from Geneva
11/29/89 is not available, so we will substitute it for the classic Vienna 11/22/89, one week earlier. The ripping “Negative Creep”
from Halloween at the Paramount is next, followed by the trilogy of “Heart Shaped-Box”, “Blew” and “Scentless Apprentice” from Live &
Loud 12/13/93. The album closes with “Territorial Pissings” from, of course, Del Mar.

Sources used:

In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set, 2013)
Live at Le Fahrenheit, Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture (Pierre Leroy transfer)
Live at Palaghiaccio, Rome (JWB Remaster)
Live at Paramount Theatre, Seattle (JWB Remaster)
Live at Pat O’Brien Paladium, Del Mar (JWB Remaster)
Live at U4, Vienna (JWB Remaster)


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Thanks. I was unable to download. I clicked on download all and it just said calculating size and spun forever without doing anything,
For me it's fine, try again later, if it still doesn't work send me a pm please and I will send you another link...

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1 day later I click on it again and it seems to be running now.

Often you ll see the option to create an account. I dont need a billion accounts and mindfucking worries over passwords.

I tried hard to log in at 101 . Inbetween I had issues with that, somehow, sometimes after changing a browser or having computerproblems like a crash and then a restart.

I m glad one can download here anyway, even without logging in/having an account.

But sometimes I felt like writing things down, needing to communicate...
Often I m frustrated because many dont seem to have an interest in that.

Getting notifications for a thread you follow is nice but when it only says that someone wrote "thanks"to the gets annoying.
Better to click the LIKE button to let know the uploader he is doing a fine job.
Nothing more boring than than to re open everything and just read : THANX.

Thanx btw :)

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I've tried for days . . . I have horrible internet service. Download Fails every time at some point. It makes me start all over from the 0, will not resume where I left off. This happens to me on Google Drive as well. I hope somebody adds a new link, so I can get this one. I give up for now. Thanks For Posting Anyway.

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I've tried for days . . . I have horrible internet service. Download Fails every time at some point. It makes me start all over from the 0, will not resume where I left off. This happens to me on Google Drive as well. I hope somebody adds a new link, so I can get this one. I give up for now. Thanks For Posting Anyway.
116 people got it from sync link but anyway PM sent with new link :)

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1. You could just go to Soniclovenoise's blog, "Albums That Never Were", and download his

2. Contains OFFICIAL material.
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