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If you're on a budget, get this - if you have the box set don't,
This review is from: Sliver: The Best of the Box By Nirvana (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.