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With The Lights Out [3CD + DVD]
With The Lights Out [3CD + DVD]

28 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating trawl through Kurts legacy, 23 Nov. 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.

Supergrass is 10 - The Best of 1994-2004
Supergrass is 10 - The Best of 1994-2004
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.46

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the best British band of the 90's!, 3 Jun. 2004
I love Supergrass. Everyone else should too.
The only reason they aren't as 'big' as Blur or Oasis is they have never blown their own trumpet or made prats of themselves in the tabloids. Their music has been more consistant, their line-up has remained intact, their run of singles has been amazing and all their albums are great too.
Some see Supergrass as a festival band who are good for a laugh but never to be taken seriously. It's a shame because they have displayed many musical styles and directions over the years, especially on their b-sides and album tracks.
I've seen them play around 8 times over the years and they are always tight and energetic. They also look the business, like they were developed in a test tube or something and their videos are brilliant too.
So if you have never bought a Supergrass album but like their singles this will hopefully encourage you to get into the band. Forget all the other Britpop bands, Supergrass were built to last and long may they continue.
Not the most prolific band, with only 4 albums so far, the two new tracks are great for us fans. Kiss Of Life and Bullet are not out of place here and deserve to be included.
Negatives - the album is a tad I Should Coco heavy, with a few album tracks included for no real reason - not that its a problem from a value point of view - and their vinyl only single Never Done Nothing Like That Before is strangely absent.

Live At The Garden [DVD] [2003]
Live At The Garden [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Pearl Jam
Price: £27.95

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven Flow!, 2 Feb. 2004
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I already had Touring Band 2000 and thought that was great so I finally decided to get this despite not really liking Riot Act a lot.
First thing one notices is how awful the band look. I mean BAD. Matt Cameron and Stone have haircuts from hell, McCready looks like a potatoe, Eddie looks like a Crowded House member and the keyboard player looks like the freak bloke from Mullholland Drive.
Age has not been kind. Still, they sound sublime at times and with a little sweat the guys hair looks slightly more as a rock stars hair should.
It's an uneven set. Interesting song choices include In My Tree with a completely new rhyhmic arrangement and a host of B-sides and rarities.
The gig really gets going with Black, suddenly every note is perfect and the band hit their form through Spin The Black Circle, Rearview Mirror, You Are, Thumbing My Way and Daughter. After this Eddie does appear to be getting drunk and the singing gets worse and worse and worse - never awful but Yellow Ledbetter is not done justice.
Highlights - Bushleaguer Bonus track is EXCELLENT as is Dead Man. Gimme Some Truth is better than Lennons version, the crowd singing Betterman was a real tear jerker, Ben Harper added something to the atmosphere too.
Bad bits - Lowlight sounds BAD. Breath is not sung great. Cropduster is an awful song period and Eddie is a little up his own **** in parts.
Buy it if you are a big fan - not for the casual as so many songs won't be familiar

Lost Dogs
Lost Dogs
Price: £20.89

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remind yourself why you love Pearl Jam!, 26 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Lost Dogs (Audio CD)
If like me you lost faith in Pearl Jam with the lacking Binaural and then the classic-free Riot Act then like me you may be content with this - an album of odds and ends that hark back to more inspired times.
Oddly enough, outtakes from the last two albums are better than anything else on those records - bizzare!
I have all Pearl Jams studio albums but had never bothered to collect all the singles and rarities as I got into them kinda late with Vitalogy.
So what you get with Lost Dogs is a chance to play the producer - hunt through the 30 tracks here and make your own album of quality tracks - there's plenty to choose from.
Would have preferred one disc of good songs and one of the curio stuff as the flow is kinda weird.
My advice - buy the Singles soundtrack for the two excellent tracks, then buy the Merkinball EP for another two forgotton gems, then buy this and you can create an album better than almost anything else they have put out.
All Night, Sad, Down, Alone, Education, You, Undone, Hold On, Yellow Ledbetter, Other Side, Hard To Imagine, Wash, Dead Man...
These tracks are EVERY bit as good as Pearl Jams better album tracks and singles. BUY IT!

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