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With the Lights Out
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2004
Wow! What a compilation. I could not leave the record store after I started listening to it (as I did not want to spend the 20 minutes it takes me to go home without hearing the songs).
I particularly recommend disc 3. Only Kurt could sing 'Rape me' to his baby daughter Frances. The nearly 10-minute 'Scentless Apprentice' clearly proves that Nirvana are unrivalled even today. M.V. is just a fantastic song with a memorable melody. Do Re Mi is so sad because it indicates all the potential this man had.
I highly recommend Nirvana's anthology to anybody who is interested in listening to Lennon/McCartney like melodies played in Sex Pistols style.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a long running fan and someone who has heard pretty much all that was available officially and on bootleg, I figured this would just be a collection of some cleaned up versions of previously bootlegged material and b-sides / compilation rarities. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The first disc is brilliant and finally gives us Bleach-session tracks like Pen Cap Chew and If You Must, the original (but canned) Love Buzz b-side Blandest and the awesome Clean Up Before She Comes with it's layered vocals. Oh, and Beans.. haha.. you will love this one!
Disc two provides my only slight let down - Opinion is an amazing song (short and sweet as it is) and the version here is obviously the better quality pre-broadcast version so it sounds better than any bootleg release - but the tape has obviously suffered over time and warps in the middle of the track. A real shame as I adore this song. Other highlights are the great Verse Chorus Verse and Old Age - nice to hear these finally.
Disc three is also a gem - early demos and mixes of In Utero material - alternative versions of rare tracks like I Hate Myself.. rather than the Beavis & Butthead release are a real surprise. This cd also contains the real star of the set - the quite superb Do Re Mi - rough around the edges but shows amazing promise of where Kurt was taking himself musically and this makes this song even more poignant as it's a real waste he chose to go out on us in the way he did.
The dvd is a great addition and hopefully marks the spot for future - hopefully whole concert - releases by Geffen / Universal as they are great band to watch.
I cannot recommend this enough to both new fans and old alike.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2004
back in the day the majoirty of the "never before heard" tracks could only be found on the bootlegs "Outcesticide 1-5". during this time i downloaded them. as they are no longer available on the web i would recomend that the most obsessive fan, like myself, buy this box set. as i already have the majority of the tracks i can tell the casual nirvana listener that most of them are poor quality and the fact the good tracks here were never on a studio albums reflects just how good they are. however to the big nirvana fan they really are gold dust. a sample can be heard on [...]
hopefully this will be the last time geffen rips off the nirvana fans. maybe it will close the lid on the nirvana chapter for good. rather than releasing "the best of". please note the only new track found on the best of is also on this box set.
if youre not a big nirvana fan i wouldnt recomend you spend the near £40 for this. if youre a collector or a fan its probably worth the money as you get a shiny booklet and the dvd too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2006
This collection is the history of Nirvana. A timeline spanning from 1987 to 1994 over 3 discs, 85% of this is previously unreleased. It features early live recordings, radio performances, a bunch of demo's, b-sides, studio outtakes, re-mixes and accoustic versions of songs you've probably heard before, but not like this.

Some of the demo's are better than the finished studio product from previous albums and accoustic versions of songs like 'lithium', 'been a son', 'sliver' and 'serve the servants' are interesting to hear stripped down.

Highlights for me include - from disc 1

'Heartbreaker' a live cover of the classic Led Zeppelin song

Live versions of 'Downer' and 'Floyd The Barber'

accoustic 'beatlesque' versions of 'polly' and 'about a girl'

and demo's of 'Dive', 'They Hung Him On A Cross' and 'Aint't It A Shame'

from disc 2 demo's of 'Drain You' with Dave Grohl on Bass and 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and the re-mixed version of 'Breed'

the 3rd disc is from the 'In Utero' sessions which is my least favourite of Nirvana albums but still features great demo's of 'Rape Me', Heart-shaped box' and a killer 10 minute version of 'Scentless Apprentice'. Also includes 'Do Re Mi' and 'You Know You're Right' which I believe were the last songs Kurt ever recorded.

The box also includes a DVD which features an awesome live version of 'Love Buzz' from 1990, and an illustrated 60 page booklet with a timeline, highlights of live shows and quotes from producers and band members and friends.

Enjoy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2007
This set is a great addition to the collection of material for the Nirvana fan. Most of the stuff have been recorded on a home tape recorder so obviously the quality is not great, but the whole point is to hear how Nirvana started out and you notice how the lyrics of the classics were different, before they were changed for the final recordings.

I really love the packaging too with a smart metal front cover, and it has a booklet on the inside.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This boxset is almost perfect. It only has one problem: some songs are "too" touched by the studio. For instance, in "Return of the Rat" (same version can ben found in one of the Outcesticides) you don't hear Kurt's coughing (which was practically part of the song). Mainly, the good thing is that you can hear (and see) demos and old versions of the songs with a decent quality. For instance the rehearsal demo of Heart Shaped Box is too good. And Rape Me, which I particulary don't like, sounds great in the demos. Highlights? Old Age and Do-Re-Mi. It's a pity though that we can find a full version of Do-Re-Mi with the whole band. This box-set is a must.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2004
Ive read some rinse written about nirvana in my time from guys that are clearly passing fans. This box set offers what you'd expect..its poignent and special, just another glimpse from a shy guy that wrote some really good music. yes its tragic that we have to get ripped off from geffen to see & listen to this stuff. Rest in peace little guy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2005
This boxset is something REALLY special: for the seasoned 'Vana veteran to the listener whose ears are untouched by the band's original sound.
Disc 1 (Bleach-era) is a beer-soaked trawl through the band's genesis: from awesome drum-heavy Mrs. Butterworth to the wailing grind of About a Girl, it really proves Nirvana was anything BUT a one hit wonder.
Disc 2 (Nevermind) is where things get a little weak, but the unreleased version of Smells Like... really makes your hair stand on end.
Disc 3 (In Utero) is probably the best of the box...Sappy, I Hate Myself..., Gallons... and MV all rock, not to mention the eerie, hair-raising songs Do Re Mi and You Know You're Right.
Disc 4 (DVD) INCREDIBLE, especially the amazing Sub Pop In Bloom...Absolutely amazing.
Overall: Essential purchase, although a little pricey...still worth it though.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2005
Nirvana were much more than 'smells like teens spirit'.
With The Lights Out is a simple must have for any nirvana fan. The songs displayed cover the whole of Nirvana's career from 87 to 93. Songs include demos and out takes, accoustics, b sides, live recordings and unreleased matierial recorded in krist's house. You can truly see Nirvana developing as a band throughout those 7 years. This can especially be seen on the fourth disc dvd. There are videos of band practises in krist's mum's house, Nirvana playing the local seattle venues, then Nirvana having 'made it' playing to the larger crowds.
This is not just another Nirvana compilation. This box set shows off musical genius of kurt cobain and his his achievements through out the years of Nirvana.
For Nirvana fans, this is an essential purchase. Anyone else, still buy it, you may be nicely surprised.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2005
As a Nirvana rarities nut this is the Holy Grail. Who would have thought Kurt would sing Seasons In The Sun? Old material (SLTS, Lithium etc.) has been given a new lease of life and Frances Bean is granted her first recording (crying on Rape Me). The DVD is also good although the picture quality is at points sketchy and the sound never very clear.
The many solo acoustics of tracks such as Pennyroyal Tea and You Know You're Right are angst- ridden and full of emotion and there is even a brief comedy moment in Beans, a song on helium. No Nirvana collection could be without this boxset, and You Know That's Right.
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