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Frustrating trawl through Kurts legacy
on 23 November 2004
I've waited ten LONG years for this. i'm 27 now, the same age Kurt was when he shot himself - WEIRD.
I have all Nirvanas studio albums and the single boxset and have never explored the bootlegs. This means that the whole set is new to me and i have to say it is disappointing.
I was hoping for an albums worth of great lost songs, there isn't. Verse Chorus Verse and Old Age are remarkably bland outtakes from Nevermind - not even in the same league as the rest of the album.
What is unforgiveable is the missing You Know You're Right (we get an acoustic version instead) from the Best Of, and MV single version - meaning you need to buy the best of and the singles set to complete their studio output.
Highlights? Well most stuff is interesting but Sappy is perhaps the best song and could have been on Nevermind or In Utero. Do Re Mi, one of Kurts last songs is presented in a sketchy demo but you can hear its potential as a classic Nirvana track.
The DVD is weird, so low key and grungy that you honestly cannot believe how unlikely it was that they would become so huge. It is so strange to see Pennyroyal tea howled by Kurt solo at a gig 2 years before it came out and then they play Teen Spirit, Kurt clearly having not got round to finishing the lyrics or tune but thrashing it out anyway.
The total highlight of this boxset is Seasons in the Sun - it is so touching and fitting. Some footage accompanies All Apologies on one menu too with Kurt looking punk,ill,deathly white,cool, alien all at once.
So not the boxset i had hoped it would be and hard to recommend at such a price but it is well put together.