Editors’ Notes The 2004 three-CD box set With the Lights Out was the long-awaited holy grail for Nirvana fans who’d been waiting for better-fidelity versions of rarities for so long that a decade passed. True to record-company form, three additional rarities were “discovered” as the label put together this highlight reel of the box for those who didn’t want to wade through the band’s every utterance. Those bonus cuts are an excellent 1985 demo of “Spank Thru” (from when Kurt Cobain’s band was called Fecal Matter), a 1990 studio demo of “Sappy,” and a raw boombox demo of “Come As You Are.” The highlights include a brutal live reading of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker,” acoustic solo demos of “About a Girl,” “Lithium,” “Rape Me,” “You Know You’re Right,” “All Apologies,” and “Sliver,” and rehearsal demos of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Rape Me,” and “Heart Shaped Box.” Sound quality can be wobbly due to sources often being old cassettes, and many of the best moments here are Kurt Cobain's solo performances.

SONG
Spank Thru (1985 Fecal Matter Demo)
1
3:44
 
Heartbreaker (Live)
2
2:57
 
Mrs. Butterworth (Rehearsal)
3
4:04
 
Floyd the Barber (Live)
4
2:31
 
Clean Up Before She Comes (Solo Acoustic Demo)
5
3:10
 
About a Girl (Solo Acoustic Demo)
6
2:42
 
Blandest (Demo)
7
3:55
 
Ain't It a Shame (Demo)
8
2:02
 
Sappy (1990 Studio Demo)
9
3:31
 
Opinion (Live Solo Acoustic)
10
1:33
 
Lithium (Live Solo Acoustic)
11
1:48
 
Sliver (Solo Acoustic Demo)
12
2:08
 
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Rehearsal Demo)
13
5:38
 
Come As You Are (Boom Box Version)
14
4:09
 
Old Age (Outtake)
15
4:19
 
Oh the Guilt (B-Side)
16
3:24
 
Rape Me (Solo Acoustic Demo)
17
3:21
 
Rape Me (Demo)
18
3:01
 
Heart-Shaped Box (Demo)
19
5:30
 
Do Re Mi (Solo Acoustic Demo)
20
4:22
 
You Know You're Right (Solo Acoustic Demo)
21
2:29
 
All Apologies (Solo Acoustic Demo)
22
3:33
 

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