Endino, Channing Speak Up About Nirvana’s “Bleach” Reissue

August 17th, 2009 by Chris King Leave a reply »

Legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino was out on tour in Europe with Kandi Coded on April 5th, which marked the 15th anniversary of the death of perhaps the most influential musician he has yet produced: Kurt Cobain.

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“Fifteen years doesn’t mean as much as a decimal,” Endino tells Rolling Stone, when asked if any reporters tracked him down for a reaction. “I didn’t hear a peep.” He expected a different response on June 15, 2009, which marked a decimal anniversary for Cobain’s band, Nirvana: the 20th anniversary of the release of Bleach, their debut album, which Endino produced. Endino made an early spring deadline for Sub Pop Records, remastering the 13 original album tracks, as well as a 12-song set list from a February 9, 1990 gig at Portland’s Pine Street Theatre.

However, June 15th passed with no anniversary reissue of Bleach, reportedly a victim of the legal hassles that tend to surround all things Nirvana, particularly in the wake of Cobain’s death — but it is difficult to get Endino or anyone from the Nirvana camp to speak on the record about the legal headaches that plague the band’s legacy.

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At last, Sub Pop has emerged with the less historic date of November 3, 2009 for the historic reissue, but Endino is sure the band’s core audience will consider the wait to have been worthwhile. In remastering the original album tracks, which he recorded in a mere 30 hours at his old Reciprocal Recording studio in the Seattle neighborhood of Fremont, Endino said he did what he always does: “I made it rock.” (Check out the reissue’s track listing here.) Endino now works in his Soundhouse Recording studio, in th...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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