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Sliver: The Best of the Box Best of, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Spank Thru (1985 Fecal Matter Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
2. Heartbreaker (Live)
3. Mrs. Butterworth (Rehearsal Demo)
4. Floyd The Barber (Live)
5. Clean Up Before She Comes (Solo Acoustic Demo)
6. About A Girl (Solo Acoustic Demo)
7. Blandest (Demo)
8. Ain't It A Shame ( Demo )
9. Sappy (1990 Studio Demo) (Previously Unreleased)
10. Opinion (Live Solo Acoustic)
11. Lithium (Live Solo Acoustic)
12. Sliver (Solo Acoustic Demo)
13. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Rehearsal Demo)
14. Come As You Are (Boom Box Version) (Previously Unreleased)
15. Old Age (Outtake)
16. Oh The Guilt (B-Side)
17. Rape Me (Solo Acoustic Demo)
18. Rape Me (Demo)
19. Heart Shaped Box (Demo)
20. Do Re Mi (Solo Acoustic Demo)
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Silver features the best of the Nirvana box set that was released in 2004. CD includes three previously unreleased tracks. Geffen. 2005.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DMT on Sept. 30 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you already have the 'With the Lights Out' boxset, you probably won't need to get his CD, since all but three tracks were on the boxset. If you don't have the boxset, and are a fan of Nirvana, get this album for sure!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slutjob on Nov. 1 2005
Format: Audio CD
Kurt is probably spinning in his grave over this recycled piece of garbage. If you are a real fan you would already own the box set and would be pretty P'd off that the 3 tracks arent on it. So please go to your nearest record store and spit on this album.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stimpy on Nov. 3 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is as good as it gets if you are a true fan. It doesn't get much cooler then hearing Kurt stopping the tape recorder after they finish a song......
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 20 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yeah I like this album. My friend considered me this album because I was looking for a Nirvana album. I kind of like it more than Nevermind. Probably because I heard Come As You Are, Lithium, Smells Like Teen Spirit too much on the radio..haha. But I just want to add a comment. I don't know who said something about Kurt Cobain is the god of grunge or something like that. I agree he's good. But he ain't the "Grunge God"..Neil Young is..
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61 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Disgraceful Nov. 1 2005
By JR - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This release represents the worst kind of record company greed. The With The Lights Out box set had about a disc worth of quality material and a lot of filler. Theoretically, a "best of the box" release would be a very good idea for more casual fans who don't want to sift through all of the garbage that shouldn't have been released in the first place.

The problem is that this release doesn't at all live up to its name. In fact, I would go so far as to say that what's here is almost the worst of the box! The only tracks here that definitely deserve to be here are: "Clean Up Before She Comes (demo)", Ain't It A Shame", "Old Age", "Oh The Guilt" and "Do Re Mi" (even though the sound quality is crap). You could make a case for a handful of the other tracks but that's it. What about "Pen Cap Chew", "They Hung Him On A Cross", "Grey Goose", "Even In His Youth", "Here She Comes Now", "Aneurysm", "Verse Chorus Verse", "D-7", "Scentless Apprentice" (the extended jam, which is fantastic), "I Hate Myself And I Want To Die", "M.V.", "Marigold" and "Sappy"??? All of these tracks are far better and more worthwhile than what is supposedly the "best of the box". It's a complete joke and an insult to the music buying public. But you know why they've done it like this? So that you can't just buy this release to get the really good stuff. So that you have to buy the box as well. Or if you've already bought the box (which you probably have), so that you can't offload it (with all its filler) and be content with this "best of". Thanks a lot guys.

Oh yeah, there are 3 more rarities on here to entice (or rather force) hardcore fans to re-purchase this rubbish. The 1990 demo of "Sappy" is here, but really it should have been on the box in the first place (along with the version that was on the box). The Fecal Matter "Spank Thru" demo is the most enticing thing here (and it is a worthwhile track) but why not put the rest of the Fecal Matter tracks on here as well? Or maybe some of the other rare tracks named in the liner notes of the box set which many of us have never heard? Instead we get yet another pointless version of "Come As You Are" - the "Boom Box Version", which sounds just as awful as the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Boom Box Version that was included in the box set (and amazingly on this release as well).

Given that the tracklisting is a joke, the new "Come As You Are" version is worthless and there is a version (albeit slightly inferior in my opinion) of "Sappy" already in the box set, the only reason to purchase this release is for "Spank Thru". But do you really think that the record company isn't going to release all of the Fecal Matter tracks along with some other rarities sometime in the not too distant future? Of course they are. Save your money until they give you something worth buying. This is trash and a cynical money-making exercise, nothing more. It has nothing to do with the fans or the legacy of the band or great music. It has everything to do with money.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
For an inside look, and if you're on a budget Nov. 3 2005
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Sliver: The best of the box" is a compilation of material from 2004s four-disc box set "With the Lights Out." This new compilation, as its title suggests, curls the best material from the larger box set. Three additional songs, demos of "Spank Thru," "Sappy," and Come as you are" are also included.

The CD includes home demos, radio appearances, and live recordings. The CD flows chronologically, from Cobain's earliest demo with Fecal Matter, to demos recorded in 1994, right before Cobain's death. Some songs are studio demos, while others were recorded on just a boom-box; therefore the quality of these songs varies from poor to good.

"Sliver" both sees the evolution of Cobain as a songwriter, as well as looks at some of his best known songs in their embryonic stage. Some songs, like the stripped down "Sliver" are fantastic and rival the finished product. But even the songs that are of poor-to-fair quality are of historical importance and give the listener an inside look at the songs as works-in-progress.

"Sliver" contains some lost gems that never made it onto the studio albums, like the subdued "Clean up before she comes" and the off-beat rock-a-billy "Ain't it a shame." "Old Age" sounds a bit like a sped-up "Something in the Way," and is up-to-par with the rest of "Nevermind." A home demo of one of Cobain's last songs, "Do Re Me" had great potential. It's a little rough-around-the-edge, but could have been a classic if it had been touched-up and recorded in the studio. Other tracks like Fecal Matter's "Spank Thru" and "Oh the Guilt" don't quite measure up, but should be of interest to fans of the band.

Being mostly a CD of demos, these songs posses an atmospheric, eerie low-fi intrigue, akin to the sound of the Velvet Underground. While the finished songs are ultimately better, these demos are well worth a listen.

Both the demos and live recordings see the band at its rawest, it not finest hour.

If you don't have time and/or money to invest in the larger "With the Lights Out" box set, but are interested in Nirvana's songs as works-in-progress, this CD is highly recommended. The inclusion of the excellent "Old Age" and "Do Re Me," alone is enough reason to buy this album. Fans should also be interested in hearing Cobain's earliest recording, "Spank Thru" (1985) when he was still a teen.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you're on a budget, get this - if you have the box set don't Nov. 12 2005
By M. McM - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you have the box set or plan on getting the box set, do NOT buy this disc. It's not worth it, not even for the three 'new' tracks. The 1985 Fecal Matter demo of "Spank Thru" may have historical value, but it's awful. Cobain would grow into a great vocalist and a great guitar player, but on this track, he's still learning. There's some bad wankery on the guitar and the vocals are mediocre. In fact, the first minute or so has some dreadful singing, so much that Novoselic's ear for talent seems all the more remarkable.

The 1990 demo of "Sappy" is merely okay. The guitar and drum work seems rather tame next to the finished version included on the box set, and the vocals are less interesting and generally inferior than those on the finished version too.

The boombox version of "Come As You Are" sounds like a demo recorded on a cheap, single-mic tape recorder. (It may have been recorded on a boombox with a record function, hence the name.) Instrumentally, it's not a bad performance, and the vocals are pretty good, but this is a really lo-fi recording. The drums come in pretty clear, but the guitar and Cobain's vocals are way down in the mix. This early version of the song also repeats the first verse twice - Cobain would later write two more verses and use these on the finished version on NEVERMIND. I doubt I'll ever listen to this 'boombox version' again, especially when the album and live performances are not only better musically but available in better sound quality.

The rest of this disc is available on their box set "With The Lights Out," which is essential to any Nirvana fan (the DVD alone is amazing). If you're on a very tight budget, SLIVER: THE BEST OF THE BOX is an okay option, but ONLY if you have no plans to buy the box set. A few key tracks from the box set are here ("Opinion," "Oh, The Guilt," "Do Re Mi" among others), but there's plenty of good stuff that's only on the box set and not here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A rare Nirvana find! April 4 2014
By Rafael Fanola - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a rate Nirvana find that you must have if you are a Nirvana fan! You will listen to some really rare Kurt recordings and demos. It is definitely worth the money. Nirvana will always be considered to be one of the greatest bands ever and there is no doubt that Kurt Cobain was a musical genious.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For the purists! Dec 30 2010
By Donkey's Mouth - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a long time Nirvana fan, I love this album. Some actual songs, some rough demos, some grainy recordings, all pure Nirvana. If you're just getting into them, or a part time fan then this is not the album for you, but it is a must for all Nirvana fans.

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