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Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings [Deluxe Version Original Soundtrack]

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Kurt Cobain 11/13/2015

Review

Simultaneously billed as the first Kurt Cobain solo album and the soundtrack to Brett Morgan's 2015 documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, this mangled beast of a record is indeed both. No other records are credited to Kurt Cobain, and this album, in either its single- or double-disc edition, wouldn't exist if Morgan hadn't stumbled upon a cache of homemade cassettes when researching his film. An unflinching, intimate portrait of the young artist at work, Montage of Heck is cobbled together from home recordings, some previously leaked on Nirvana bootlegs in the '90s (mainly the Outcesticide series), that come tantalizing close to taking the form of a rough demo but are amorphous enough to be called "free form" or "experimental." Cobain made these tapes with no expectation they'd ever be heard. Based on a few, including the opening "The Yodel Song," it's likely he never considered the tape again after he pressed the stop button. Certainly, there's some historical merit in exploring early drafts, demos, and outtakes from an important figure, particularly when it comes to the handful of demos ("Clean Up Before She Comes," "Sappy," "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle") here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Yodel Song Kurt Cobain 3:36
  3. 2 Been a Son [Early Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 1:21
  4. 3 What More Can I Say Kurt Cobain 3:9
  5. 4 1988 Capitol Lake Jam Commercial Kurt Cobain 1:27
  6. 5 The Happy Guitar Kurt Cobain 2:13
  7. 6 Montage of Kurt Kurt Cobain 2:12
  8. 7 Beans Kurt Cobain 1:22
  9. 8 Burn the Rain Kurt Cobain 1:17
  10. 9 Clean Up Before She Comes [Early Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 2:35
  11. 10 Reverb Experiment Kurt Cobain 2:52
  12. 11 Montage Of Kurt II Kurt Cobain 1:9
  13. 12 Rehash Kurt Cobain 2:35
  14. 13 You Can'T Change Me/Burn My Britches/Something in the Way [Early Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 4:19
  15. 14 Scoff [Early Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 0:37
  16. 15 Aberdeen Kurt Cobain 4:19
  17. 16 Bright Smile Kurt Cobain 1:54
  18. 17 Underground Celebritism Kurt Cobain 0:29
  19. 18 Retreat Kurt Cobain 2:8
  20. 19 Desire Kurt Cobain 2:27
  21. 20 And I Love Her Kurt Cobain 2:5
  22. 21 Sea Monkeys Kurt Cobain 0:55
  23. 22 Sappy [Early Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 2:29
  24. 23 Letters to Frances Kurt Cobain 2:5
  25. 24 Scream Kurt Cobain 0:32
  26. 25 Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle [Demo Version] Kurt Cobain 4:24
  27. 26 Kurt Ambiance Kurt Cobain 0:24
  28. 27 She Only Lies Kurt Cobain 2:46
  29. 28 Kurt Audio Collage Kurt Cobain 0:24
  30. 29 Poison's Gone Kurt Cobain 2:12
  31. 30 Rhesus Monkey Kurt Cobain 0:44
  32. 31 Medley: Do Re Mi Kurt Cobain 10:11

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