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Nirvana to get vinyl re-release

Kurt Cobain
Nirvana have sold more than 50 million records worldwide

The bulk of Nirvana's back catalogue is to be re-released on vinyl this year for the first time.

The Seattle grunge band, led by the late Kurt Cobain, recorded just three albums between 1989-93 before Cobain killed himself in 1994.

The first record to be released is their seminal album Nevermind, most famous for the hit single, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Nirvana's Unplugged, recorded live for an MTV show, has also been re-mastered.

The album re-releases are being manufactured by Original Recordings Group (ORG), which produces and markets vinyl records.

Monti Olson, senior vice president of Universal Music Publishing Group and founder of ORG, said: "To our knowledge this is the first time 'Unplugged" has ever come out on vinyl.

"They might have done a limited promotional thing but I doubt it."

Bleach, Nirvana's first album, is being manufactured for vinyl release by the grunge band's first label, Seattle-based independent label Sub Pop.

Nirvana were one of the most popular alternative American rock bands of the early 90s. On 8 April 1994, heroin addict Cobain was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

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