Today marks the release of Green Day‘s 25th Anniversary Nimrod reissue. On top original studio album, the reissue also includes 14(!) previously unreleased demos and a 20-song live set recorded at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory in 1997. Nimrod XXV is available as a 5xLP vinyl box set (which Amazon is selling at a 14% discount right now), but if you just want to listen to it, you can do so below.
Nimrod was originally released on October 14th, 1997. It was Green Day’s third released on major label Reprise Records, and their fifth LP overall. It spawned hit singles in “Nice Guys Finish Last”, “Hitchin’ a Ride”, and of course, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over two million copies in the US, earning double platinum certification from the RIAA.
Listening to the demos included in this reissue for the first time was pretty damn cool. The Ramones “Chain Saw” cover isn’t anything to write home about, but raw recordings of songs like “Jinx”, “The Grouch”, and “Desensitized” are great. I found the original version of the acoustic track “When It’s Time” to be the most interesting (this later went on to be re-recorded for the Broadway adaptation of American Idiot).
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