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Nirvana - With The Lights Out (3cd Boxset) (Preview)

Preview: Jack Foley

THE highly-anticipated Nirvana 3-CD/1-DVD box set, With The Lights Out, is finally released by Geffen/UME on November 23, 2004.

The box set contains 81 tracks, 68 which were previously unreleased, and 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 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).

This new box set, however, can rightly lay claim to being the definitive collection of Nirvava material. It looks set to be one of the hottest selling retrospectives ever, particularly as Nirvava's memory continues to burn brightly.

Track listing:
Disc: 1
1. Heartbreaker
2. Anorexorcist
3. White, Lace And Strange
4. Help Me I'm Hungry
5. Mrs Butterworth
6. If You Must
7. Pen Cap Chew
8. Downer
9. Floyd The Barber
10. Raunchola
11. Moby Dick
12. Beans
13. Don't Want It All
14. Clean Up Before She Comes
15. Polly (solo)
16. About A Girl
17. Blandest
18. Dive
19. They Hung Him On A Cross
20. Grey Goose
21. Ain't It A Shame
22. Token Eastern Song
23. Even In His Youth
24. Polly

Disc: 2
1. Opinion
2. Lithium
3. Been A Son
4. Sliver
5. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
6. Pay To Play
7. Here She Comes Now
8. Drain You
9. Aneurysm
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit (demo)
11. Breed
12. Verse Chorus Verse
13. Old Age
14. Endless, Nameless
15. Dumb
16. D-7
17. Oh The Guilt
18. Curmudgeon
19. Return Of The Rat
20. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Butch Vig Mix)

Disc: 3
1. Rape Me (solo)
2. Rape Me
3. Scentless Apprentice
4. Heart Shaped Box
5. I Hate Myself And I Want To Die
6. Milk It
7. Moist Vagina
8. Gallons Of Running Alcohol Flows Through The Strip
9. The Other Improv
10. Serve The Servants
11. Very Ape
12. Pennyroyal Tea
13. Marigold
14. Sappy, aka Verse Chorus Verse
15. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
16. Do Re Mi
17. You Know You're Right
18. All Apologies

Disc: 4 (DVD)
1. Love Buzz
2. Scoff
3. About A Girl
4. Big Long Now
5. Immigrant Song
6. Spank Thru
7. Hairspray Queen
8. School
9. Mr Moustache
10. Big Cheese
11. In Bloom
12. Sappy
13. School
14. Love Buzz
15. Pennyroyal Tea
16. Smells Like Teen Spirit
17. Territorial Pissings
18. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
19. Talk To Me
20. Seasons In The Sun

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