The box is finally out. The gargantuan Super Deluxe Nevermind box set, which features the remastered album, b-sides, demos, rare live recordings, and video, is perhaps the truest look into the creation of the classic record, yet it will be absent from the shelves of most local record stores. Beginning with its release yesterday, Best Buy will be the lone purveyor until October 24, selling it for a handsome $136, according to USAToday.com. The exclusivity is the result of a deal the electronics giant brokered with the box's publishers, record label Geffen/Universal.
In an e-mail blast sent out yesterday, written by store manager Melanie Sheehan* entitled "Thank You Wayne! Thanks for Nothin, Geffen," (referring to the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne's in-store meet-and-greet last week, and Nevermind's original Geffen-affiliated DGC imprint respectively), local indie Sonic Boom Records expressed their displeasure with the label's decision, and made it clear that they plan on transplanting as many box sets as possible to their customers as they become available.
What a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary. What a way to show the city that spawned most of the 90's music industry's revenue, and the small stores that support local bands like Nirvana that you don't appreciate them or their struggle to keep independent music stores alive and part of the community. What a way to play into the stereotype of the greedy corporate record label.
Well, we decided we don't want you, our lovely customers, to have to shlep over to Best Buy just to get the music you deserve, and we certainly don't expect you to wait an extra month for it. We are gonna try to get some from Best Buy (they are already sold out at the moment), and are just gonna sell em to you directly when we do! (like we did when AC/DC and Prince sold their records to Target.) It certainly isn't going to help us pay the bills, but we like you too much, and appreciate you sticking by us all these years (14 to be exact). Just call the Ballard store, and put your name down for one, and we will call you as soon as we get hold of copies.