With The Lights Out (3 CD/Bonus DVD) CD (2004)

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Must have if you're really into Nirvana

by Ted Schnell on 12/1/2004

A lot of the material on these discs can be found on previously released albums but there are a lot of cool unreleased tracks like Verse Chorus Verse, Old Age, Token Eastern Song, Even in His Youth, Do Ri Mi, Blandest, and Return of the Rat. Although some of these tracks might have been released on singles as b-sides. But even the songs like Teen Spirit are cool to hear on this set because it's an earlier version (A better one I think, though the recording sucks). The DVD is pretty awesome too. They could have made it longer and included maybe some backstage non music stuff but oh well. They could have used more scenes from the Live Tonight video too. When's that coming out on DVD? The booklet that comes with it is a little bit of a let down. Nothing special there. I know there's a lot more rare tracks out there. Who knows why they didn't make it onto this set. Maybe the want hold some stuff back to milk it later on. Anyway in my opinion this thing is worth the price. Read More

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This is officially the best compilation of songs in the world The only thing that comes close, is Led Zeppelin "How the west was won" Read More

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Product Overview

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).

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63919134
UPC 602498646649
UPC 14 00602498646649
Format CD
Release Date 11/23/2004
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Author Nirvana
Compilation Appearance Sub-Pop-200
Associated Artist/Work Nirvana (UK)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Producer Adam Kasper (Compilation)
CatalogID 0003727
Lable Name DGC
Released 11/23/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00602498646649
Album Notes and Credits
Includes bonus DVD disc and 60-page booklet.
"With The Lights Out" includes a DVD as well as a large booklet with pictures and liner notes.
Nirvana (US): Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar); Dave Grohl (vocals, drums); Krist Novoselic (bass guitar).
Liner Note Author: Thurston Moore.
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.
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.
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) (p.120) - 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."
Disc 1
1 Heartbreaker - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Opinion - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, acoustic version from 1992)
2 Anorexorcist - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Lithium - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, electric version from 1992)
3 White Lace And Strange - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Been A Son - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Scentless Apprentice - (previously unreleased, from 1992)
4 Help Me I'm Hungry - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Sliver - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Heart Shaped Box - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
5 Mrs. Butterworth - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - (previously unreleased, from 1989),I Hate Myself and Want to Die - (from 1993)
6 If You Must - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Pay To Play - (from 1990),Milk It - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
7 Pen Cap Chew - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Here She Comes Now - (from 1990),Moist Vagina - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
8 Downer - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Drain You - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip - (from 1993)
9 Floyd The Barber - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Aneurysm - (from 1990),Other Improv, The - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
10 Rauncholda / Moby Dick - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ,Smells Like Teen Spirit - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Serve The Servants - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
11 Beans - (previously unreleased),Breed - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Very Ape - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
12 Don't Want It All - (previously unreleased),Verse Chorus Verse - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Pennyroyal Tea - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
13 Clean Up Before She Comes - (previously unreleased),Old Age - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Marigold - (from 1993)
14 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Endless, Nameless - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Sappy - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
15 About A Girl - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Dumb - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
16 Blandest - (previously unreleased, from 1988),D-7 - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Do Re Mi - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
17 Dive - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Oh, the Guilt - (from 1992),You Know You're Right - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
18 They Hung Him On A Cross - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Curmudgeon - (from 1992),All Apologies - (previously unreleased)
19 Grey Goose - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Return Of The Rat - (from 1992)
20 Ain't It A Shame - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Smells Like Teen Spirit - (from 1991)
21 Token Eastern Song - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
22 Even In His Youth - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
23 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
Disc 2
1 Heartbreaker - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Opinion - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, acoustic version from 1992)
2 Anorexorcist - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Lithium - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, electric version from 1992)
3 White Lace And Strange - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Been A Son - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Scentless Apprentice - (previously unreleased, from 1992)
4 Help Me I'm Hungry - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Sliver - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Heart Shaped Box - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
5 Mrs. Butterworth - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - (previously unreleased, from 1989),I Hate Myself and Want to Die - (from 1993)
6 If You Must - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Pay To Play - (from 1990),Milk It - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
7 Pen Cap Chew - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Here She Comes Now - (from 1990),Moist Vagina - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
8 Downer - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Drain You - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip - (from 1993)
9 Floyd The Barber - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Aneurysm - (from 1990),Other Improv, The - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
10 Rauncholda / Moby Dick - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ,Smells Like Teen Spirit - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Serve The Servants - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
11 Beans - (previously unreleased),Breed - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Very Ape - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
12 Don't Want It All - (previously unreleased),Verse Chorus Verse - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Pennyroyal Tea - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
13 Clean Up Before She Comes - (previously unreleased),Old Age - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Marigold - (from 1993)
14 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Endless, Nameless - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Sappy - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
15 About A Girl - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Dumb - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
16 Blandest - (previously unreleased, from 1988),D-7 - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Do Re Mi - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
17 Dive - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Oh, the Guilt - (from 1992),You Know You're Right - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
18 They Hung Him On A Cross - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Curmudgeon - (from 1992),All Apologies - (previously unreleased)
19 Grey Goose - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Return Of The Rat - (from 1992)
20 Ain't It A Shame - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Smells Like Teen Spirit - (from 1991)
21 Token Eastern Song - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
22 Even In His Youth - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
23 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
Disc 3
1 Heartbreaker - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Opinion - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, acoustic version from 1992)
2 Anorexorcist - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Lithium - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Rape Me - (previously unreleased, electric version from 1992)
3 White Lace And Strange - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Been A Son - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Scentless Apprentice - (previously unreleased, from 1992)
4 Help Me I'm Hungry - (previously unreleased, from 1987),Sliver - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Heart Shaped Box - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
5 Mrs. Butterworth - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - (previously unreleased, from 1989),I Hate Myself and Want to Die - (from 1993)
6 If You Must - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Pay To Play - (from 1990),Milk It - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
7 Pen Cap Chew - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Here She Comes Now - (from 1990),Moist Vagina - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
8 Downer - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Drain You - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip - (from 1993)
9 Floyd The Barber - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Aneurysm - (from 1990),Other Improv, The - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
10 Rauncholda / Moby Dick - (previously unreleased, from 1988) ,Smells Like Teen Spirit - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Serve The Servants - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
11 Beans - (previously unreleased),Breed - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Very Ape - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
12 Don't Want It All - (previously unreleased),Verse Chorus Verse - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Pennyroyal Tea - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
13 Clean Up Before She Comes - (previously unreleased),Old Age - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Marigold - (from 1993)
14 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Endless, Nameless - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Sappy - (previously unreleased, from 1993)
15 About A Girl - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Dumb - (previously unreleased, from 1991),Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
16 Blandest - (previously unreleased, from 1988),D-7 - (previously unreleased, from 1990),Do Re Mi - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
17 Dive - (previously unreleased, from 1988),Oh, the Guilt - (from 1992),You Know You're Right - (previously unreleased, from 1994)
18 They Hung Him On A Cross - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Curmudgeon - (from 1992),All Apologies - (previously unreleased)
19 Grey Goose - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Return Of The Rat - (from 1992)
20 Ain't It A Shame - (previously unreleased, from 1989),Smells Like Teen Spirit - (from 1991)
21 Token Eastern Song - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
22 Even In His Youth - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
23 Polly - (previously unreleased, from 1989)
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ReviewSource The Guardian
Review Nirvana's feat of moulding indie-band attitude, heavy metal, post-industrial noise and classic pop i
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ReviewSource Pitchfork
Review Those hoping for a trove of overlooked gems will be disappointed, as too much of With the Lights Out
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Product Attributes
Artist Nirvana
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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Billboard A revelatory, emotional listen from start to finish, "With the Lights Out" crystallizes Cobain's tortured genius.
Rolling Stone If you think you want it, you do.
The New York Times ...the music can be cathartic and it can be achingly intimate.

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