Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings is the long awaited soundtrack to the only fully authorised documentary about grunge legend Kurt Cobain. This album contains early home recordings, including snippets of what would become full Nirvana songs, made by Cobain giving an intimate view of his creative process. Available on 31 track vinyl LP and CD.

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Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings by Kurt Cobain
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6/10 Clinton 11 November 2015

Is anything as funny as this pic of how Nirvana would look in 2015? Instead of a full scale reunion with (…er) the Stiltskin singer on voice we get this 31 track compilation of Kurt’s home recordings.

As you may imagine it’s scratty, it’s scrappy it’s full of messing about, it sometimes sounds like a Sentridoh record. Hints of greatness come early with a version of ‘Been a Son’ that shows the song in it's nascent state but really 85% of it is a man dicking about. If you pick through it there are  some really worthwhile could-have-been-Nirvana songs ‘Burn the Rain’ in particular is promising before cutting off after a minute and ’Sappy’ is as haunting as it gets and one of the more fully formed sketches here. ’She Only Lies’ shows that he actually was listening to Young Marble Giants and ‘Poison’s Gone’ proves he had lots of potential Nirvana songs that sounded like old Nirvana songs in his locker.

Elsewhere we get Kurt answering the phone, creating his own commercial, coughing,  wandering about, screaming, stopping and starting tapes. Is this a useful document? Just. Don’t go expecting loads of lost classics- you get the occasional slither of brilliance that confirms that this isn't just any bored dude with access to a tape machine. You’ll need to be either a) patient or b) very obsessed or preferably c) both to enjoy this. 


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