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With the Lights Out Boxed Set with DVD)

Geffen 000372700.

Released on November 23, 2004


This box set contains 81 tracks, 68 which were previously unreleased. The box set spans Nirvana's entire career, from a recording of Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" at the band's first show in 1987 to solo acoustic performances from singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain in 1994. With The Lights Out features a 60-page color booklet with rare photos and liner notes by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and writer Neil Strauss.

The three CDs, arranged largely chronologically contains home and rehearsal demos, including for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (whose lyric "With the lights out" provides the set's title), "Rape Me," "Heart Shaped Box" and a trio penned by legendary bluesman Leadbelly.

Heard in the 12 previously unreleased solo acoustic tracks are such gems as "All Apologies," "Lithium" and "Sliver." Six previously unreleased radio performances range from "Anorexorcist" in 1987 to "Dumb" in 1991 (two years before it was on 1993's In Utero). Along with the remaining debuts are a handful of earlier issued, though rare, b-sides and demos as well as the original Butch Vig mix of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Highlighted on the With The Lights Out DVD is a previously unreleased video of nine songs performed in 1988 at bassist Krist Novoselic's mother's house in Aberdeen, Washington; the rare "In Bloom" Sub Pop music video, and 10 never-before-seen live performances. Noteworthy among them are debut renditions of "Pennyroyal Tea", "Smells Like Teen Spirit" both from early 1991. Also premiering is an unlikely performance of Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen's "Seasons In The Sun" shot at a Rio de Janeiro studio.

Nirvana debuted on album with 1989's Bleach (years later going platinum), followed by the EP Blew, each on Seattle-based Sub Pop. Drummer Dave Grohl joined in fall 1990 and soon after the band signed to Geffen Records. Nevermind (1991), propelled by the platinum Top 10 anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and its landmark music video, hit #1 and is now 10 times platinum. Up next were the Top 40, platinum Incesticide (1992) and the #1, quintuple platinum In Utero (1993). In April 1994, Cobain committed suicide. Issued posthumously have been 1994's MTV Unplugged In New York (#1, quintuple platinum), 1996's live compilation From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah (#1, platinum) and 2002's "best of" Nirvana (#3, platinum).

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 DISC 1: Heartbreaker (Led Zepplin, Unreleased 1987)  0%
2 Anorexorcist (Unreleased 1987)  3%
3 White Lace And Strange (Bond, Unreleased 1987)  0%
4 Help Me I'm Hungry (Unreleased 1987)  0%
5 Mrs. Butterworth (Unreleased 1988)  2%
6 If You Must (Unreleased 1988)  1%
7 Pen Cap Chew (Unreleased 1988)  0%
8 Downer (Unreleased 1988)  0%
9 Floyd The Barber (Unreleased 1988)  0%
10 Raunchola/Moby Dick (Led Zepplin, Unreleased 1988)  1%
11 Beans (Unreleased, Undated)  0%
12 Don't Want It All (Unreleased, Undated)  2%
13 Clean Up Before She Comes (Unreleased, Undated)  0%
14 Polly (Unreleased 1988)  2%
15 About A Girl (Unreleased 1988)  2%
16 Blandest (Unreleased 1988)  0%
17 Dive (Unreleased 1988)  1%
18 They Hung Him On A Cross (Huddie Ledbetter, Unreleased 1989)  1%
19 Grey Goose (Huddie Ledbetter, Unreleased 1989)  0%
20 Ain't It A Shame (Huddie Ledbetter, Unreleased 1989) Voted #2  7%
21 Token Eastern Song (Unreleased 1989)  0%
22 Even In His Youth (Unreleased 1989)  2%
23 Polly (Unreleased 1989)  0%
24 DISC 2: Opinion (Unreleased 1990)  3%
25 Lithium (Unreleased 1990)  0%
26 Been A Son (Unreleased 1990)  0%
27 Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Unreleased 1989)  2%
28 Pay To Play (1990)  1%
29 Here She Comes Now (1990)  2%
30 Drain You (Unreleased 1990)  0%
31 Aneurysm (1990)  2%
32 Smells Like Teen Spirit (Unreleased 1991)  1%
33 Breed (Unreleased 1991)  1%
34 Verse Chorus Verse (Unreleased 1991) Voted #1  8%
35 Old Age (Unreleased 1991)  5%
36 Endless, Nameless (Unreleased 1991)  0%
37 Dumb (Unreleased 1991)  0%
38 D-7 (Sage, Unreleased 1990)  0%
39 Oh The Guilt (1992)  2%
40 Curmudgeon (1992)  2%
41 Return Of The Rat (Sage, 1992)  0%
42 Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)  0%
43 DISC 3: Rape Me (Acoustic, Unreleased 1992)  2%
44 Rape Me (Electric, Unreleased 1992)  0%
45 Scentless Apprentice (Unreleased 1992)  0%
46 Heart Shaped Box (Unreleased 1993)  0%
47 I Hate Myself And I Want To Die (1993)  2%
48 Milk It (Unreleased 1993)  0%
49 Moist Vagina (Unreleased 1993)  2%
50 Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip (1993)  1%
51 The Other Improv (Unreleased 1993)  2%
52 Serve The Servants (Unreleased 1993)  0%
53 Very Ape (Unreleased 1993)  2%
54 Pennyroyal Tea (Unreleased 1993)  1%
55 Marigold (Grohl, 1993)  0%
56 Sappy (Retitled 'Vese Chorus Verse', 1993) Voted #3  7%
57 Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam (Kelly, McKee Unreleased 1994)  2%
58 Do Re Mi (Unreleased 1994)  6%
59 You Know You're Right (Unreleased 1994)  2%
60 All Apologies (Unreleased, Undated)  4%
61 DISC 4 (DVD): Love Buzz (Leeuwen)  0%
62 Scoff  0%
63 About A Girl  0%
64 Big Long Now  1%
65 Immigrant Song (Page, Plant)  0%
66 Spank Thru  2%
67 Hairspray Queen  0%
68 School  2%
69 Mr. Moustache  0%
70 Big Cheese  1%
71 In Bloom  2%
72 Sappy  0%
73 School  0%
74 Love Buzz  2%
75 Pennyroyal Tea  0%
76 Smells Like Teen Spirit  0%
77 Territorial Pissings  2%
78 Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam  4%
79 Talk To Me  1%
80 Seasons In The Sun  3%
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Faith from La Quinta, CA 
Jan 27 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I would recommend this for those that are even just remotely interested in Nirvana..much less those dedicated Kurt freaks out there. For me, listening to these unreleased demos, rare versions, and live recordings from their early days is like discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls or something..the Dvd also is amazing..dates back to their early pre-Subpop era, some rehearsals at Krist's house and a music video..its so fucking awesome, jus the dvd is worth the get off yer ass and get it already..

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Mark from Kapolei, HI 
Jan 6 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

If you're a big fan you've probably got most of the stuff on bootlegs anyway but there are still some great 'new' things on here too. The DVD is pretty cool and it's great to see how the songs have developed along the way to what we all know now.

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Mike from Delran, NJ 
Jan 4 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Very good box set. If you dont like nirvana that much i wouldn't realy reccomend it, but for die hard Nirvana fans its truely a great box set. I've been waiting for years to get this. It has some damn good songs and the dvd is great. Also it has cool liner notes and case. So if your just getting started out on Nirvana get bleach or nevermind, then later buy this.

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Jeremy from Manassas, VA 
Nov 26 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This box set is fully what it has been labeled by the surviving members, Grohl and Novoselic; closure. In no way is this a long lost treasure trove of mind-blowing singles. It's a mixture of outtakes and core, sloppy recordings, displaying Nirvana at their best/worst, given that the recording quality on some of the demos is pretty 2nd gear. This is a box set worth savoring for its rarity and story. Namely, the story of what could have been and what definitely was the greatest band of this generation. The booklet, arranged by Thurston Moore, is according to my elitist standards, really fucking rad and the DVD, too. It displays the band evolving from small, kind-of-shitty little garage band to punk rock, dare i say, legends. (Insert your nay say rebuttal nowhere because this band fucking rocked and if you disagree, well, then good. You suck anyway.)

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Michael from Thunder Bay, ON Canada 
Nov 25 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

wicked, buy this now, you wont regrett it. the cds show how kurt's songwriting grew and the dvd footage is really good. a must have for any fan of nirvana.

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