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With the Lights Out is an album by the Seattle grunge band Nirvana, originally released in November 2004 and reissued in March 2009. It focuses on outtakes, early mixes of songs later officially released, demos, lo-fi live recordings, rehearsal performances, and other miscellaneous rarities.

Contents

Reception

With the Lights Out received generally positive reviews from music critics,[1] many of whom saw it as a valuable glimpse into the band's musical evolution. However, several critics felt it contained too much second-rate material never intended for official release.[2][3] Fans also accused the compilers of the set of lack of proper research. Handy cassette dubs were used instead of master tapes for some songs, and dubious made-up titles were given to songs when the correct titles could be easily found in Cobain's journals.

With the Lights Out opened at #19 on the Billboard 200, setting a box set record for units sold during a single week with 105,760 copies.

Track listing

Disc 1

  1. "Heartbreaker" (John Bonham/John Paul Jones/\Robert Plant) – 2:59
  1. "Anorexorcist" – 2:44
  2. "White Lace and Strange" (Chris Bond) – 2:09
  3. "Help Me, I'm Hungry" (aka "Vendettagainst") – 2:41
  • From a boombox-recorded band practice demo tape (summer of 1987 in Washington)
  1. "Mrs. Butterworth"  – 4:05
  • From Nirvana's first studio session (January 23, 1988 at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle, Washington, produced by Jack Endino)
  1. "If You Must"  – 4:01
  2. "Pen Cap Chew" – 3:02
  • From a live performance (January 23, 1988 at the Community World Theatre in Tacoma, Washington)
  1. "Downer" – 1:43
  2. "Floyd the Barber" – 2:33
  3. "Raunchola" (aka "Erectum")/ "Moby Dick" ("Moby Dick" - John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page) – 6:24
  1. "Beans" – 1:32
  2. "Don't Want it All" (aka "Seed") – 2:26
  3. "Clean Up Before She Comes" – 3:12
  4. "Polly" – 2:30
  5. "About a Girl" – 2:44
  1. "Blandest" – 3:56
  1. "Dive" – 4:50
  • From a studio session for "the Jury", a Lead Belly cover band featuring members of Nirvana and the Screaming Trees (August 20 and 28, 1989 at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle, Washington, produced by Jack Endino)
  1. "They Hung Him on a Cross" (Huddie Ledbetter) – 1:57
  2. "Grey Goose" (Huddie Ledbetter)  – 4:36
  3. "Ain't It a Shame" (Huddie Ledbetter)  – 2:01
  1. "Token Eastern Song" – 3:21
  2. "Even in His Youth" – 3:12
  3. "Polly" – 2:36

Disc 2

  1. "Opinion" – 1:34
  2. "Lithium" – 1:49
  3. "Been a Son" – 1:12
  1. "Sliver" – 2:09
  2. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (traditional) – 2:31
  • From the studio session which yielded the Nevermind version of "Polly" (April 2 to 6, 1990 at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin; produced by Butch Vig)
  1. "Pay to Play" (early version of "Stay Away") – 3:29
  2. "Here She Comes Now" (John Cale/Sterling Morrison/Lou Reed/Maureen Tucker) – 5:01
  1. "Drain You" – 2:38
  • From the studio session which also yielded the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single version of "Even in His Youth" (January 1, 1991 at Music Source Studios in Seattle, Washington; produced by Craig Montgomery)
  1. "Aneurysm" (Smells Like Teen Spirit single b-side) – 4:47
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" – 5:40
  1. "Breed" (Butch Vig mix) – 3:07
  2. "Verse Chorus Verse" – 3:17
  3. "Old Age" – 4:20
  • From a John Peel radio session (September 3, 1991 at Maida Vale Studios, London, England)
  1. "Endless, Nameless" – 8:47
  2. "Dumb" – 2:35
  • From a John Peel radio session (October 21, 1990 at Maida Vale Studios, London, England)
  1. "D-7" (Greg Sage) – 3:46
  • From Nirvana's first post-Nevermind studio session (April 7, 1992 at Laundry Room Studios in Seattle, Washington; produced by Barrett Jones)
  1. "Oh, the Guilt" – 3:25
  2. "Curmudgeon" (Lithium single b-side) – 3:03
  3. "Return of the Rat" (Greg Sage) – 3:09
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Butch Vig mix) – 4:59

Disc 3

  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demo (May 1991 in Oakwood, CA?)
1. "Rape Me" – 3:23
  • From Nirvana's second post-Nevermind studio session (October 25-26, 1992 at Word of Mouth Studios [former Reciprocal Recording Studios], Seattle, WA. Producer: Jack Endino).
2. "Rape Me" – 3:01
  • From a band practice demo tape (Winter 1992 in Seattle, WA)
3. "Scentless Apprentice" (Kurt Cobain/Dave Grohl/Krist Novoselic) (rehearsal demo) – 9:32
  • From Nirvana's final pre-In Utero studio session (January 19-21, 1993 at Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Producer: Craig Montgomery)
4. "Heart-Shaped Box" – 5:31
5. "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" – 4:03
6. "Milk It" – 4:34
7. "Moist Vagina" (a.k.a. "MV") – 1:56
8. "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" – 7:33
9. "The Other Improv" – 6:24
  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demos (Fall or Winter 1992 in Seattle, WA)
10. "Serve the Servants" – 1:36
11. "Very Ape" – 1:52
  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demo (1993 in Seattle, WA)
12. "Pennyroyal Tea" – 3:30
  • From the studio session for In Utero (February 12-26, 1993 at Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Producer: Steve Albini)
13. "Marigold" (Dave Grohl) (Heart-Shaped Box single b-side) – 2:34
14. "Sappy" – 3:26
  • From a band practice demo tape (February 5, 1994 at Pavilhão Dramatico, Cascais, Portugal)
15. "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" (Eugene Kelly/Frances McKee) – 3:57
  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demo (1994 in Seattle, WA)
16. "Do Re Mi" – 4:24
  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demo (1993 or 1994 in Seattle, WA)
17. "You Know You're Right" – 2:30
  • Cobain's boombox-recorded home demo (1991 or 1992 in Olympia, WA or Los Angeles, California?)
18. "All Apologies" – 3:33

Disc 4: DVD

  • Rehearsal at bass player Krist Novoselic's mother's house, Aberdeen, Washington in 1988.
1. "Love Buzz" – 2:32
2. "Scoff" – :47
3. "About a Girl" – 3:05
4. "Big Long Now" – 4:22
5. "Immigrant Song" (Jimmy Page/Robert Plant) – 1:57
6. "Spank Thru" – 3:03
7. "Hairspray Queen" – 3:37
8. "School" – 2:53
9. "Mr. Moustache" – 3:47
  • 23 June 1989 Rhino Records, Los Angeles, California
10. "Big Cheese" – 3:13
  • 16 February 1990, Bogarts, Long Beach, California
11. "Sappy" – 4:27 [mislisted as track 12 on the cover]
  • Early version of song/early music video, while on Sub Pop
12. "In Bloom" – 4:28 [mislisted as track 11 on the cover]
  • 22 September 1990, the Motor Sports International Garage, Seattle, Washington
13. "School"  – 2:33
  • 11 October 1990, North Shore Surf Club, Seattle, Washington
14. "Love Buzz" (Robbie van Leeuwen) – 3:40
  • 17 April 1991, OK Hotel, Seattle, Washington
15. "Pennyroyal Tea" [First performance] – 1:55
16. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" [First performance] – 6:16
17. "Territorial Pissings" – 2:45
  • 31 October 1991, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
18. "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" (Eugene Kelly/Frances McKee) – 3:32
  • 4 October 1992, The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle Washington
19. "Talk to Me" – 3:35
  • 22 January 1993 BMG Ariola Studios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20. "Seasons in the Sun" (Terry Jacks) – 3:40

Alternate versions of "Lounge Act" and "All Apologies" are featured on the DVD menus.

Sales chart positions

Year Chart Position
2004 Top Canadian Albums 10
2004 Japanese Oricon Albums Chart 16[4]
2004 Top Internet Albums 19
2004 Billboard 200 19
2004 French Albums Chart 20[5]
2004 Italian Albums Chart 21
2004 Irish Albums Chart 23
2004 Switzerland Albums Chart 28[6]
2004 Belgium Albums Chart 29[7]
2004 Norwegian Albums Chart 31[8]
2004 Austrian Albums Chart 34[9]
2004 Spanish Albums Chart 39
2004 New Zealand Albums Chart 39[10]
2004 German Albums Chart 48
2004 UK Albums Chart 56

References

  1. ^ "Nirvana: With the Lights Out (2004): Reviews". MetaCritic. http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/nirvana/withthelightsout. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  2. ^ "Nirvana: With the Lights Out - PopMatters Music Review". PopMatters. http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/n/nirvana-withthelights.shtml. Retrieved 2008-09-02. "The majority of the material presented here will appeal only to a select group of hardcore fans, music historians and critics. Selling this box so hard to the casual fans will only result in sore feelings, because most people won't enjoy listening to helium-voiced four-track recordings of people singing about beans (as on "Beans")."  
  3. ^ "With the Lights Out". Pitchfork Media. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/20403-nirvana-with-the-lights-out. Retrieved 2008-09-02. "Those hoping for a trove of overlooked gems will be disappointed, as too much of With the Lights Out sounds like nothing so much as a dull-edged instrument lifting flakes of material from the bottom of a barrel."  
  4. ^ (Japanese) "Oricon Weekly Album Charts for the second week of December 2004". Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/search/result.php?kbn=ja&types=rnk&year=2004&month=12&week=2&submit5.x=20&submit5.y=11. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  
  5. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  
  6. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  
  7. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  
  8. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  
  9. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  
  10. ^ "Swedishcarts.com". http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Nirvana&titel=With+The+Lights+Out&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-12-3.  

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