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.
Performance CreditsNirvana 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 CreditsJimmy 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sliver: The Best of the Box based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I love Nirvana, but this was the worst CD I have ever purchased. The sound quality was awful and it sounded like every song was recorded in a garage. I was very, very disappointed. This CD is definately not the quote un-quote "Best of the Box".
i truly believe that kurt would have wanted us to laugh a little.but to me listening to this has made me like nirvana more because it captures clips of memories and vital signs.
What would Kurt Say about this? We all know the Answer. This release comes from the same person who published his diary. No doubt there is some fantastic art on this disk. However, get it somewhere else. These Bootlegs circulate in their entirety and are far more rewarding that way. Even a rock history completest like C. Love would agree with that, if it didn’t affect her bottom line. Take my priceless advice and do what Courtney never could: JUST SAY NO!!!