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And All That Could Have Been is a double album released by Nine Inch Nails in 2002. The live album contains music recorded during the Fragility v2.0 US tour in 2000; Disc 1 is a live album of (most of) their normal set list of the time, while disc B contains a studio album titled Still containing "deconstructed" versions of previous NIN songs and some new material. The double DVD set, sold separately, has video recordings of the songs performed on the CD, as well as additional song performances and footage from the tour.

Trent Reznor said that work on this release would serve as a transition between the tour and the next album. He spent most of a year producing it in a manner similar to his studio production, with the songs flowing into each other. The release was delayed from late 2001 to January 2002.

Although Reznor said "I thought the show was really, really good when we were doing it" while producing the DVD, he later wrote that "I can't watch it at all. I was sick for most of that tour and I really don't think it was Nine Inch Nails at its best."

There are two retail versions of the CD set: a 'deluxe' limited edition, packaged in a gray cloth case that contains both the Live and Still CDs together in a fold-out digipak, and the standard edition that contains only the Live disc in a single digipak. The Still disc is also available separately, originally via mail order from the official Nine Inch Nails website.

Live
The Live disc is a "loud" recording of performances from the Fragility 2.0 tour. Without introduction, it begins immediately with "Terrible Lie".

The songs are arranged differently from their studio versions.

Still
Still contains subdued renditions of older songs and five new songs. According to the NIN website, four of the songs were "recorded live in a deconstructed fashion." Instruments include piano, acoustic guitar, electric piano, or other 'real' instruments backed by computer-generated synth textures.

Reznor said that "Adrift and At Peace" is the conclusion of "La Mer" from The Fragile. Some of the tracks off Still are evolutions of rejected themes that were originally written for Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo. "Leaving Hope" is also the name under which Reznor has published music since the beginning of his songwriting career. Reznor later allowed "Leaving Hope" to be used in a public service announcement for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

Videos for the performances of "Something I Can Never Have", "Gone, Still" (with Jerome Dillon), and "The Becoming" (with Dillon and Danny Lohner) were published on the official NIN website.

The band also performed an intimate acoustic set at the Chicago Recording Company during the Fragility 2.0 tour, which is available online and on bootleg CD, as The CRC Sessions; it includes arrangements of "Something I Can Never Have" and "The Day the World Went Away" that prefigure their Still recordings, as well as two versions of "Hurt" and full band performances of "The Fragile", "Even Deeper", and "The Big Come Down".
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