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*** 1/2 NIRVANA, "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah," DGC. A liberating and exorcising live album that captures those moments when you feel so alive that you want to kick down the door and take on the world.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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