Nirvana Releases "With the Lights Out"
With the Lights Out is a box set, containing 3 CDs and 1 DVD, from the American grunge band Nirvana.
It was released in November 2004. The title refers to the line "with the lights out, it's less dangerous" from the successful "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single.
With the Lights Out received generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom saw it as a valuable glimpse into the band's musical evolution. However, several critics felt it contained too much second-rate material never intended for official release. Fans also accused the compilers of the set of lack of proper research. Handy cassette dubs were used instead of master tapes for some songs, and dubious made-up titles were given to songs when the correct titles could be easily found in Cobain's journals.
With the Lights Out opened at #19 on the Billboard 200, setting a box set record for units sold during a single week with 105,760 copies.