According to The Pulse Of Radio, Brett Morgen, director of the acclaimed documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck”, has defended his decision to release a companion album that solely consists of previously unreleased material recorded by Kurt Cobain alone and not NIRVANA. Morgen explained to Rolling Stone: “‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’ furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt — an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work with in the context of a three-piece band.”
Morgen added: “It’s not scraps and discarded, insignificant material. It really is furthering our understanding of one of the most significant artists of our time.”
The director decided against using unfinished NIRVANA material recorded with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, although solo versions of NIRVANA tracks such as “Been A Son” and “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” are included.
Morgen‘s comments echo what he told The Pulse Of Radio when asked about the focus of his movie. “It’s not a film about Courtney [Love] and it’s not a film about Dave Grohl and it’s not a film about NIRVANA or Seattle or grunge,” he said. “It’s a film about Kurt, and it’s important to keep that front and center in the conversation.”
Morgen has released the track list and artwork for the album, which arrives on November 13. The filmmaker compiled the recordings after he discovered them while going through Cobain‘s personal archives for his Emmy-nominated documentary. The film, which premiered on HBO last May and also had a limited theatrical run, will also come out on November 13 on Blu-ray and DVD.
The album will arrive on CD, cassette and digital, with a two-LP vinyl package arriving on December 7. There will be both a 13-track standard edition and a 31-track deluxe version, along with a “Super Deluxe” bundle of goodies.
The “Home Recordings” will include never-heard snippets, demos, “musical experiments” that would make it on to later NIRVANA albums, comedy, and a cover of THE BEATLES‘ “And I Love Her”.