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  • Summary: This three-disc box set contains more than 50 previously unreleased recordings by the legendary Seattle band, including demos, live tracks, and alternate versions. Also included is an extensive bonus DVD filled with live performances.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    Mostly great. [Jan 2005, p.96]
  2. One of the band’s finest releases and arguably the most comprehensive statement to date on just where the musicians were coming from, the roads they took to get where they ended up, and even possibly where they were headed.
  3. It's a collection of odds and ends, yet the music can be cathartic and it can be achingly intimate. [29 Nov 2004]
  4. 80
    With 81 chronologically ordered tracks... With the Lights Out can be a slog. But for Nirvana fans, it's also a necessary rite. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.119]
  5. Manages, despite an excess of throwaway material, to be an appropriately eccentric testament to Cobain’s talent.
  6. 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. Simply put, there's enough good stuff here for a solid single disc.
  7. This collection is the antithesis of anything Kurt Cobain would have authorized, right down to the shiny metal packaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. JamesD
    Dec 21, 2004
    Nirvana is GOD! Probably one of the best box sets i have ever heard.
  2. a?????
    Jul 20, 2005
    come on y is like no one voting?? nirvana r so good!!!!! rip. kurt
  3. Sloaneraced
    Jul 23, 2009
    The album/Dvd was the best investment i've made in A long time, i completely suggest you purchase the set. although the dvd makes me wish kurt was still alive more and more it was still GREAT, from the first set that included smells like teen spirit to the release of unplugged. not to give anything away but the dvd also includes nirvanas days as a litteral garage band taped as a home video at kurts cobaines parents house..... A MUST BUY. Expand
  4. HankScorpio
    Nov 24, 2004
    I enjoyed this set, there are quite a few songs I've heard before but never in this quality of audio. Bonus points go to the DVD for the early band footage. If your a fan you should probably pick it up! Expand
  5. JimS
    Nov 23, 2004
    I love Nirvana, but somehow I don't think I'm gonna end up listening to this very much. DVD is cool though. They should have put You Know You're Right (electric) on here. Expand
  6. DanGrunge
    Nov 21, 2004
    Its abit of a mixed bag. Theres some great moments like old age and Do Re Mi and an interesting progression on Scentless Apprentice. But theres alot of listen once type tracks, which is why the low score. Great Band though! Expand
  7. davidmac
    Dec 10, 2004
    nirvana r crap and couldnt make any good material so why buy an overated peice of junk that this crap band made

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