Editors’ Notes Kurt Cobain's tragic suicide so early in what could have been a long, brilliant career forced everyone involved with Nirvana to tread carefully on the band’s legacy. Infighting among the remaining band members and Cobain’s estate further stalled progress. Live albums appeared, but there was little else in terms of new Cobain music between 1994 and 2002. In 2004—a decade after his death—the wheels finally cranked out the expansive box set With the Lights Out, containing rare b-sides, live performances, demos, and even rougher rehearsal recordings. Considering Nirvana only released three official studio albums and a set of outtakes during its existence, the amount of previously unreleased material was much smaller than bands with more years to reference. Many brilliant moments here center on Cobain’s acoustic demos. The set is essentially chronological, starting with the Bleach era, following through to the Nevermind period and finishing with songs from the In Utero sessions. Serious fans need this collection, for in many ways it provides the most comprehensive and true view of the band. 

SONG
Heartbreaker (Live)
1
2:58
 
Anorexorcist (Live)
2
2:43
 
White Lace and Strange (Live)
3
2:07
 
Help Me, I'm Hungry (Live)
4
2:40
 
Mrs. Butterworth (1988 Rehearsal)
5
4:04
 
If You Must (Demo)
6
3:59
 
Pen Cap Chew (Demo)
7
3:00
 
Downer (Live)
8
1:43
 
Floyd the Barber (Live)
9
2:31
 
Raunchola / Moby Dick (Live)
10
6:23
 
Beans (Solo Acoustic)
11
1:31
 
Don't Want It All (Solo Acoustic)
12
2:23
 
Clean Up Before She Comes (Solo Acoustic)
13
3:10
 
Polly (Solo Acoustic Demo)
14
2:28
 
About a Girl (Home Demo)
15
2:42
 
Blandest (Demo)
16
3:55
 
Dive (Demo)
17
4:48
 
They Hung Him On a Cross (Demo)
18
1:55
 
Grey Goose (Instrumental Demo)
19
4:35
 
Ain't It a Shame (Demo)
20
2:01
 
Token Eastern Song (Demo)
21
3:19
 
Even In His Youth (Demo)
22
3:11
 
Polly (Demo)
23
2:36
 
Opinion (Live Solo Acoustic)
1
1:33
 
Lithium (Live Solo Acoustic)
2
1:48
 
Been a Son (Live Solo Acoustic)
3
1:11
 
Sliver (Solo Acoustic Demo)
4
2:08
 
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Solo Acoustic Demo)
5
2:29
 
Pay to Play (Demo)
6
3:28
 
Here She Comes Now (Demo)
7
5:00
 
Drain You (Demo)
8
2:37
 
Aneurysm (Demo)
9
4:47
 
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Rehearsal Demo)
10
5:38
 
Breed (Rough Mix)
11
3:06
 
Verse Chorus Verse (Outtake)
12
3:16
 
Old Age (Nevermind Outtake)
13
4:19
 
Endless, Nameless (1991 Radio Appearance)
14
8:46
 
Dumb (1991 Radio Appearance)
15
2:33
 
D-7 (1990 Radio Appearance)
16
3:45
 
Oh the Guilt
17
3:24
 
Curmudgeon
18
3:02
 
Return of the Rat (Outtake)
19
3:08
 
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Butch Vig Mix)
20
4:59
 
Rape Me (Solo Acoustic)
1
3:21
 
Rape Me (Demo)
2
3:01
 
Scentless Apprentice (Rehearsal Demo)
3
9:32
 
Heart-Shaped Box (Demo)
4
5:30
 
I Hate Myself and Want to Die
5
4:02
 
Milk It (Demo)
6
4:33
 
Moist Vagina (Demo)
7
1:55
 
Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip
8
7:32
 
The Other Improv (Demo)
9
6:22
 
Serve the Servants (Solo Acoustic)
10
1:34
 
Very Ape (Solo Acoustic)
11
1:51
 
Pennyroyal Tea (Solo Acoustic)
12
3:28
 
Marigold
13
2:32
 
Sappy
14
3:25
 
Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam (Rehearsal Demo)
15
3:55
 
Do Re Mi (Home Demo)
16
4:22
 
You Know You're Right (Home Demo)
17
2:29
 
All Apologies (Home Demo)
18
3:33
 

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