Sliver: The Best of the Box

Sliver: The Best of the Box

by NirvanaNirvana




This 22-track disc is something of a Goldilocks epiphany for the Nirvana fan who found the With the Lights Out box set to be too much of a good thing, and the sprinkling of new material on the self-titled greatest-hits album not enough. Sliver collects 19 tunes from the former set, giving equal weight to embryonic versions of well-known songs (notably Kurt Cobain's solo acoustic take on "Lithium" and a rehearsal stab at "Smells like Teen Spirit" that boasts noticeably different lyrics) and tunes dredged up from deep in the vaults. The latter category is itself divided, with some of the tracks -- like "Clean Up Before She Comes," which exudes a painful stillness reminiscent of the third Velvet Underground album -- reflecting Cobain's introspective side and others (like the spasmodically arty "Mrs. Butterworth"), his manic noisemongering. The live tracks, especially a house-party deconstruction of Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" (recorded in 1987) are probably the set's most adrenalizing moments, but completists will be most intrigued by this disc's three-pack of never-before-released offerings. Chief among the newly unearthed artifacts is a version of "Spank Thru," culled from the Fecal Matter demo -- a sort of holy grail among Nirvanaphiles -- that Cobain and Melvins drummer Dale Crover laid down in 1985. While not as volume-drenched as the fully formed song eventually became, this sketch is more primitive and far more edgy, thanks to Cobain's white-knuckled incantations and barely-in-control strumming -- both of which nod towards Half Japanese, the lo-fi legends he'd champion in his days as rock icon/tastemaker. Sliver isn't intended to be a complete document of Nirvana's career, but the whiplash-inducing manner in which it brings snapshots of individual moments into view is somehow an appropriate way to look back on the band's all-too-short lifespan.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498867181
catalogNumber: 000561702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Pat Smear   Guitar
Dale Crover   Bass,Drums
Chad Channing   Drums
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Grohl   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Krist Novoselic   Bass,Group Member
Mark Pickerel   Drums
Aaron Burckhard   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Jack Endino   Producer
John Paul Jones   Composer
Ian Beveridge   Producer
John Bonham   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Calvin Johnson   Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer
Craig Montgomery   Producer
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
Barrett Jones   Producer
John Silva   Executive Producer
Michael Meisel   Executive Producer

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