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September 21st, 2011 12:01 am CASEY JARMAN | Top 5

Achieving Nirvana

The Top Five albums released on the same day as Nevermind.

On Sept. 24, 1991, the rock world changed forever. That’s the day Red Hot Chili Peppers released Blood Sugar Sex Magik. And, less notably, some Seattle hair band called Nirvana made its major-label debut. Here are five other CDs/cassettes that dropped on that fateful day. 

John Prine, The Missing Years

A fine effort from the treasured songwriter. “Jesus: The Missing Years” is a fan-favorite; “Everything Is Cool” is among Prine’s prettiest tunes.

A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
I daresay Tribe’s second record—jam-packed with classics like “Buggin’ Out” and “What?”—was the best album released this day.

Blur, Leisure
The first effort from Blur didn’t make a huge splash in the U.S., but it did feature standout single “She’s So High” and other shoegazey gems.

The Cult, Ceremony
This disc sounded a bit outdated even in ’91, and it is not considered the Cult’s best work. Still, Ian Astbury goes nuts—David Lee Roth-style—on “Heart and Soul.”

Kid ’n Play, Face the Nation
The famed hip-hop duo tried best to remain positive on the eve of House Party 2, promoting marriage, anti-violence and black unity with easy-to-understand raps. Alas, the tide was changing: Face the Nation would be Kid ’n Play’s last album together.
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