TVD’s 10 Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways: Nirvana, Nevermind

As we continue on with our 10 Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways, TVD has a copy of Nirvana’s Nevermind that we want to put in the hands of one lucky fan.

Nirvana is widely thought to be one of the main pioneers of the Seattle grunge sound.  Nevermind, the band’s sophomore release and major label debut, is considered to be one of the most influential albums of its time, as well as the album that brought alternative rock to the mainstream circuits.

Rolling Stone said it best when it described Nevermind as “a museum piece, a record that merits a display in the Smithsonian.”  Released just over 20 years ago in 1991, it would eventually go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, making it not only one of the most significant, but also one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.

Lest we forget why Nevermind has had such a great impact on the world of music… Have you listened to it?  It’s damn good.  Between Kurt Cobain’s scratchy vocals, Kurt Novoselic’s sharp basslines, and Dave Grohl’s roaring drums, Nevermind shows that Nirvana was the ultimate power trio.  While the songs are melodic, and, as Cobain sings in the chorus of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” contagious, they’re also full of dark and self-deprecating lyrics that allow us to better understand the internal demons that haunted the lead singer until his untimely death.

So there you have it.  Nevermind is undoubtedly one of the most important albums to ever be released, and everyone at TVD wants you to win a copy of it on vinyl.

Nevermind is commonly remembered for its cover artwork.  For your chance to win, comment on this post and tell us another album that has a memorable album cover.  I’m going to go with the prism and rainbow that make up Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cover.  A winner with a North American mailing address will be selected a week from today, on Wednesday, March 7th.

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  • IwentSkying

    The Velvet Underground & Nico!! legendary album cover done Andy Warhol 🙂

  • LukeJackson

    the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

  • http://behindthehype.com/ Adrian

    I’m gonna go with (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory by Oasis. Just some blurry traffic footage of a street in London, but it’s very iconic to me and nostalgic. Britpop IS that album, that era, and that style of artwork, IMO. 

    • http://behindthehype.com/ Adrian

      er, gonna re-post as it didn’t let me sign in to LiveFyre accurately

  • ChrisRazz

    The VU is classic – plus Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers comes to mind with another Warhol cover. The zipper on the front was quite a gimmick. They shipped to stores in boxes of ten back to back with cardboard in between so the zipper would not damage the other records. First pressing have a large zipper while later copies have a tiny one. Also it is not Mick on the cover.

  • http://behindthehype.com/ Adrian

    I’m gonna go with (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory by Oasis. Just some blurry traffic footage of a street in London, but it’s very iconic to me and nostalgic. Britpop IS that album, that era, and that style of artwork, IMO. 
     

  • http://twitter.com/gkla gkla

    how about the ultimate thrift store $1 bin record cover: “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” by Herb Alpert http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whipped_Cream_%%26_Other_Delights

  • Giuseppe Augusto

    Abbey Road.

    • Giuseppe Augusto

      Never seen an album cover spoofed/replicated as much as Abbey Road has been.

  • Melvin Dillon

    The louvin brothers – Satan is real. Classic.

  • MikeMartino

    Green Mind by Dinosaur Jr. Underage smoking is hilarious….isn’t it?

  • Jill

    Anything by Roger Dean.  How about Fragile by Yes.

  • italianmojo887

    Blind Faith self-titled album. Underage girl holding a plane that resembles a phallic symbol!!

  • Jj46

    Beatles butcher cover (one day I’ll find one). Of albums I actually own I’d say The Mother Of Invention ‘Freak Out’. I’ll always remember reading all the stuff in the gatefold on a ride home on the El, laughing to myself.

  • http://thebirthofart.tumblr.com/ thesizzler

    I’ve always had a tough time reconciling what, to me, is a phenomenal album cover but a less than phenomenal album. Sometimes the stars do align (e.g. Hipgnosis’ work with Pink Floyd, Reid Miles’s tenure with Blue Note Records), but frequently the packaging is better – or at least more memorable – than the product. That being said, I love all of the album covers *and* albums below:
     
    Swamp Dogg, Rat On!: http://goo.gl/1VrOJ
    Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca: http://goo.gl/9UE7d
    Bernstein/NY Philharmonic, Rhapsody in Blue: http://goo.gl/knk1Y
    Theodore Bikel, Sings Songs of Israel: http://goo.gl/T8Plo
    Mudhoney, Superfuzz Bigmuff: http://goo.gl/5cJj7
     
     

  • gavaxeman1970

    The Smiths “the queen is dead”
    Joy division “unknown pleasures”

    Two absolute classic albums with iconic artwork

  • SpencerDraper

    A few years ago I decided to finally give this album another listen. I couldn’t listen to the band for years due to the singles massive overplay, but when I got to the second half…my head kinda imploded. Still one of the great albums (IMO along with In Utero and even Bleach).
    As for memorable album covers…I could list a whole bunch…but there is truly one that always sticks in my mind:
     
    The Who-Who’s Next
     
    The giant concrete block in the midst of a desolate wasteland of sorts, with that fantastic cloudy off blue sky. Then you have the band members coming away from the thing zipping up pants and looking pretty smug with themselves. Only then do you notice the fresh pee stains on the concrete. Who’s Next indeed. (And a awesome possible reference to 2001’s monolith.)

  • Curtis Simpson

    I have to say Maggot Brain Album cover by Funkadelic would have to be one for sure .

  • Shaun G

    David Bowie – Aladdin Sane

  • Shane verna

    Im gonna go with Cream : Disraeli Gears. Totally unforgettable

  • Dan Elliott

    Gotta go with:
     
    King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King.
     
    So cool and visual!

  • glenlivid

    Just one!?!
     
    London Calling by the Clash

  • 10thirteen

    I’ll never forget when I first saw the cover for Rage Against the Machine’s debut album with the picture of the buddhist monk burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963.  That cover was like a punch in the face and combined with the bands name at the bottom, I knew I had to have that album even though I didn’t know anything about Rage Against the Machine at the time. To this day it remains one of my all time favorite records and every time I look at the cover I reminded of my initial reaction to the photo and how I felt when I first listened to the album. 

  • rm77

    The Black Keys – Brothers

  • John

    Rolling Stones – Some Girls

  • JVM

    Black Flag- Family Man

  • MichaelNagin

    Either The Beatles s/t album or Spinal Tap’s Smell The Glove.

  • Todd

    Rolling stones sticky fingers. The zipper?!?

  • acpaxton1

    Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

  • anarchymcgee

    Surfer Rosa

  • anarchymcgee

    Surfer Rosa – The Pixies

  • gringo_loco

    Weezer’s Blue Album. So simple, and yet so iconic.

  • Adam

    Live Evil. Miles Davis. The back cover scares my 4 year old!!

  • http://www.autumnshades.com/ autumnshades

    Someone else mentioned Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”, so I’ll go with the Buckingham/Nicks LP.

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