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Format: CD
Sku: 63919134
UPC: 602498646649
UPC 14: 00602498646649
Release Date: 11/23/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Heartbreaker - (previously unreleased, from 1987) ~ Nirvana (US)
2. Anorexorcist - (previously unreleased, from 1987) ~ Nirvana (US)
3. White Lace And Strange - (previously unreleased, from 1987) ~ Nirvana (US)
4. Help Me I'm Hungry - (previously unreleased, from 1987) ~ Nirvana (US)
5. Mrs. Butterworth - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
6. If You Must - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
7. Pen Cap Chew - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
8. Downer - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
9. Floyd The Barber - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
10. Rauncholda / Moby Dick - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
11. Beans - (previously unreleased) ~ Nirvana (US)
12. Don't Want It All - (previously unreleased) ~ Nirvana (US)
13. Clean Up Before She Comes - (previously unreleased) ~ Nirvana (US)
14. Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
15. About A Girl - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
16. Blandest - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
17. Dive - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ~ Nirvana (US)
18. They Hung Him On A Cross - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
19. Grey Goose - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
20. Ain't It A Shame - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
21. Token Eastern Song - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
22. Even In His Youth - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
23. Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Opinion - (previously unreleased, from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
2. Lithium - (previously unreleased, from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
3. Been A Son - (previously unreleased, from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
4. Sliver - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - (previously unreleased, from 1989) ~ Nirvana (US)
6. Pay To Play - (from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
7. Here She Comes Now - (from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
8. Drain You - (previously unreleased, from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
9. Aneurysm - (from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
11. Breed - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
12. Verse Chorus Verse - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
13. Old Age - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
14. Endless, Nameless - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
15. Dumb - (previously unreleased, from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
16. D-7 - (previously unreleased, from 1990) ~ Nirvana (US)
17. Oh, the Guilt - (from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
18. Curmudgeon - (from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
19. Return Of The Rat - (from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
20. Smells Like Teen Spirit - (from 1991) ~ Nirvana (US)
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Rape Me - (previously unreleased, acoustic version from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
2. Rape Me - (previously unreleased, electric version from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
3. Scentless Apprentice - (previously unreleased, from 1992) ~ Nirvana (US)
4. Heart Shaped Box - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
5. I Hate Myself and Want to Die - (from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
6. Milk It - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
7. Moist Vagina - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
8. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip - (from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
9. Other Improv, The - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
10. Serve The Servants - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
11. Very Ape - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
12. Pennyroyal Tea - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
13. Marigold - (from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
14. Sappy - (previously unreleased, from 1993) ~ Nirvana (US)
15. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam - (previously unreleased, from 1994) ~ Nirvana (US)
16. Do Re Mi - (previously unreleased, from 1994) ~ Nirvana (US)
17. You Know You're Right - (previously unreleased, from 1994) ~ Nirvana (US)
18. All Apologies - (previously unreleased) ~ Nirvana (US)
This remarkable 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).

"A revelatory, emotional listen from start to finish, "With the Lights Out" crystallizes Cobain's tortured genius.  Billboard
"If you think you want it, you do.  Rolling Stone
"...the music can be cathartic and it can be achingly intimate.  The New York Times

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes bonus DVD disc and 60-page booklet.
Muze PNote "With The Lights Out" includes a DVD as well as a large booklet with pictures and liner notes.
Muze PNote Nirvana (US): Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar); Dave Grohl (vocals, drums); Krist Novoselic (bass guitar).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Thurston Moore.
Muze PNote Ten years after the death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana fans finally got what they had been waiting for in the form of 2004's WITH THE LIGHTS OUT, an extensive three-CD/one-DVD box set spanning the deified rock band's career. Part of Nirvana's charm was its gleefully subversive aesthetic, and this trait is heavily featured on Disc One, which begins with a slaughtered version of Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" at the group's first gig in 1987. Distortion and low fidelity reign on most of these songs (including "Anorexorcist", "Pen Cap Chew," and a demo version of "Even in His Youth"), and Cobain probably wouldn't have had it any other way.
Muze PNote Disc Two covers the band's uneasy transition to superstar status and features the crucial addition of drummer Dave Grohl, whose powerhouse percussion worked perfectly with Krist Novoselic's rumbling bass and Cobain's tortured vocals and fiery guitar playing. In addition to Cobain's solo acoustic tracks and demo versions of well-known songs, excellent B-sides and compilation tracks are presented here, including a gorgeous reading of the Velvet Underground's "Here She Comes Now" and a fierce take on Greg Sage's "D-7" that rivals the most intense Nirvana studio tracks. Covering the post-NEVERMIND years, Disc Three features acoustic readings of IN UTERO tunes, along with rarities like the stomping (and rather prophetic) "I Hate Myself and I Want to Die" and the emotive "Sappy." The beautiful booklet and the DVD of archival footage serve to further illuminate Nirvana's legacy, which extends far beyond this well-compiled set.

Producer: Adam Kasper (Compilation)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Sub-Pop-200

Associated Artists and Works

Nirvana (UK)
Original Soundtrack
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/23/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0003727
Music Label Name Label : DGC
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498646649

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.154)
- Included in Rolling Stone's The 10 Best Reissues & Anthologies Of 2004 - "Remember him this way: exploding with invention, fighting the pain and winning."

Spin (p.97)
- "[M]ostly great....[With tracks] that show the band experimenting in ways they never did on their album releases." - Grade: A

Entertainment Weekly (p.89)
- "[A] volcanic eruption of Nirvana material....Cobain's early songs burn with thrash-metal energy, bratty humor, and, most of all, ambition." - Grade: A-

Entertainment Weekly (p.184)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he prizes are the full-fledged Nirvana songs that got away....You can't top the naked demo of 'Heart Shaped Box,' which has doomier lyrics and a bent noise-guitar solo."

Uncut (p.134)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "A hardcore fan's wildest dreams fulfilled....It's consistently strong."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[F]ascinating is a career-spanning selection of radio broadcasts beginning with an April '87 appearance....LIGHTS offers multiple perspectives on well-known material."

The Guardian 9 of 10
Nirvana's feat of moulding indie-band attitude, heavy metal, post-industrial noise and classic pop i

Pitchfork 7 of 10
Those hoping for a trove of overlooked gems will be disappointed, as too much of With the Lights Out

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Nirvana
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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