.

Nirvana Turn On "Lights"

Long-awaited box set due November 23rd

October 20, 2004 12:00 AM ET

With the Lights Out, the long-delayed box set of rare Nirvana recordings will finally hit stores on November 23rd. The Universal Music set will include three CDs of unreleased Nirvana audio recordings and one DVD of rare video footage. Retailers predict the box will be one of fall's biggest releases, along with new albums from U2 and Eminem.

"I think that in its first week it will be our biggest box set ever," says music buyer Carl Mello of Boston's Newbury Comics. "We'll bring in quantity on that first week like what we would bring in on a superstar's new album."

Though the box was still in production in mid-September, it will probably include fifty tracks culled from the band's archives of unreleased studio demos, rare B-sides and selected live oddities. In a 2002 interview with Rolling Stone, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic said that tracks will likely include material from "KAOS radio 1987, BBC Peel Sessions, studio outtakes, sessions that we did in north Seattle, Rio de Janeiro, In Utero outtakes, live stuff." He also said to expect the "Butch Vig raw mix of 'Teen Spirit,' a rough cut that's really different."

More important to many fans, the box may include some of Cobain's demo recordings. Courtney Love told the magazine in 2002 that she possessed 109 tapes of Cobain's solo material, which she believed contained about eight "solidly good" acoustic songs never heard before. "On those tapes are everything from shitty collages to some pretty stunning, awe-inspiring songs to stupid, fucked-up shit," she said. Three such songs are "The Son," which she called "magical"; "Opinions," described as "funny and sad"; and "Ivy League," which she said was "sick."

The box was originally planned for release in 2001 but was derailed by battles between Love and Nirvana members Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, which eventually led to a lengthy court case in 2001. The case was settled in 2002 with an agreement that initially resulted in the 2002 greatest-hits album Nirvana, which includes the previously unreleased "You Know You're Right." All parties approved the box-set idea this summer, and production on it commenced soon after.

The DVD included in the set is the first official Nirvana DVD release of any kind. The disc contains several rare promotional films, along with video of a 1987 house party the band played during its first year of existence. A sixty-page booklet will accompany the set.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com