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With The Lights Out [3CD + DVD] [Box set, CD+DVD]

Nirvana Audio CD
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Nirvana were formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. ... Read more in Amazon's Nirvana Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Nov 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00068C7Z2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heartbreaker (Previously Unreleased From 1987)
2. Anorexorcist (Previously Unreleased From 1987)
3. White Lace And Strange (Previously Unreleased From 1987)
4. Help Me Im Hungry (Previously Unreleased From 1987)
5. Mrs. Butterworth (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Opinion (Previously Unreleased From 1990)
2. Lithium (Previously Unreleased From 1990)
3. Been A Son (Previously Unreleased From 1990)
4. Sliver (Previously Unreleased From 1989)
5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Previously Unreleased From 1989)
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Rape Me (Acoustic) (Previously Unreleased From 1992)
2. Rape Me (Electric) (Previously Unreleased From 1992)
3. Scentless Apprentice (Previously Unreleased From 1992)
4. Heart Shaped Box (Previously Unreleased From 1992)
5. I Hate Myself And I Want To Die
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Love Buzz (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
2. Scoff (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
3. About A Girl (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
4. Big Long Now (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
5. Immigrant Song (Previously Unreleased From 1988)
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The four discs in With The Lights Outencompass the career of one of those rare bands who genuinely changed things. When Nirvana climbed to number one in 91 with their album Nevermind, they destroyed forever the very concept of 'alternative', ending the rule that edgy and raw music was doomed to mere cultdom.

With The Lights Outlooks at Nirvana's meteoric rise and abrupt implosion with the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain through a glass darkly: the trajectory of underwhelming debut, glossy produced second album which merged punk fury with pretty melodies and third album where they dirtied everything up to prove they hadn't sold out is accurately presented but via demos, radio performances, live versions, B-sides and outtakes, the vast majority previously unreleased. It's part treasure trove (e.g., unreleased worthy "Verse Chorus Verse") and half trainspotter fare (the band jokingly running through Terry Jacks' '70s corn-fest "Seasons In the Sun" on the fourth, DVD, disc).

This is not the place for the uninitiated to start but this set will, for Nirvana fans, be the perfect closure to their glorious, sad career. --Sean Egan

Product Description

The With the Lights Out box set spans Nirvana's entire career, from an early 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 colour booklet with rare photos and sleeve notes by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and writer Neil Strauss. The three CDs, arranged largely chronologically, contain home and rehearsal demos, including for the one 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.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band of the last decades 24 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A constant and brilliant surprise.. 24 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you SHOULD expect and more 2 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Thru Time 12 Dec 2006
By Nate
Format:Audio CD
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.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Im a big fan of nirvana and this box set is brilliant for all nirvana fans, I loved it when I got it.
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana
I bought this as a gift for someone who is a huge Nirvana fan.
They loved the present and listen to it time and time again!
A must for any fan.
Published on 16 May 2011 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
For any Nirvana fan, this collection is a must have. It has plenty of rare and unreleased recordings, including demos and rare live tracks, it also has some fascinating videos. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2008 by Rui Firmino
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana
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,... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2007 by Gaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Something you should own-"WTLO" !!!
"WTLO"-box set is an item that every Nirvana fan should have in his cd collection. I was going nuts waiting the pacage to arive. finaly it was in my hands. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2007 by Nikola Milaskov
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as could have been
as a long time nirvana fan, i am a tad dissapointed. the dvd is the best part- just to see the 1st performance of 'teen spirit'and all the home footage

on the cd's,... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by M. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Boxes boxes boxes
With The Lights Out will definitely be worthy of investigation by the more dedicated Nirvana fan. The box set is split into 3 CDs - each relating to the corresponding studio album... Read more
Published on 13 April 2006 by Rolex Tharsus
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Tour through Nirvana's lost songs...
This boxset is something REALLY special: for the seasoned 'Vana veteran to the listener whose ears are untouched by the band's original sound. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2005 by "greatgavini"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing but lacking still
When I recieved the box sett i was not a nirvana fan only really knowing Smells like teen spirit. Since then this box set made me a nirvana fan and i bought in utero and UNPLUGGED... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2005 by "nirvanafan13146"
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection but not really value for money..
The box is essentially a Nirvana outtakesm demos and live perfomance collection, that's pretty good quality if you try to imagine how bad the original sources must have been. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2005
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