In Utero, in utero
September 26, 2013 9:26 AM Subscribe
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"If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody's fucking up." Take a moment to read the letter
that Steve Albini sent to Nirvana prior to the recording of 1993's In Utero
. It puts everything in context, encapsulates the spirit of the album, and makes a case for it better than a thousand 20th anniversary encomiums could.
In the letter, Albini seems to anticipate possible interferences and reactions from the band's label, Geffen. Most of them came to pass as Geffen and Nirvana brought in Scott Litt to remix "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies." While Albini was not pleased with the decision, he seems to have made peace with it today: "I'll reiterate what I've said a hundred times elsewhere. Whatever my concerns at the time, the record in the stores is the one the band wanted you to hear, and I'm totally fine with that. It's their record. It's not my place or anybody else's to say they were wrong about their own music. If ever a band can be given complete credit for an album, it's this band and this record."
The recording took place over 12 days, and most of the songs were recorded in one or two takes, capturing the raw intensity of Nirvana at their peak. The newly released deluxe set
of In Utero
includes Albini's original mixes, as well as a new mix he made earlier this year with input from the remaining members of the band.