Kurt Cobain Recorded 'White Album'

A full-length acoustic album was recorded by the Nirvana frontman before his death, says the former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson who says he heard it.

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Kurt Cobain recorded an album of solo demos before his death 18 years ago, it has been revealed.

Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson spilled the beans about the secret Cobain album, which he says could have been a classic record.

"[Kurt] was headed in a direction that was really cool. It would have been his 'White Album'," Eric told Fuse. "I was really excited about some of the stuff he was working on. I got to see him play it in front of me."

He says Kurt was working towards a solo album with plenty of collaborations, and included one "very sweet, just touching" cover song - but he won't say what it was.

"There is one cover... I won't say what it is. I don't own the stuff," explains Erlandson, perhaps hinting that Hole front woman Courtney Love has been keeping a lid on the project. "I just hope that one day it will be released for fans. It's just so heartbreaking."

Eric adds that the solo album could be released in its raw acoustic form, but he doesn't know for sure.

"I'm not in control of things," he said. "I just wish something would come together. I think the fans would be a lot happier. If nobody ever hears those songs, except for like three people, then... that's the way it goes."

Meanwhile, Eric and his mid-90s bandmates in Hole reformed on stage for the first time in 15 years in New York at the weekend.

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    Elderer
    JAHellraiser wrote: Are you sure? I think if something like this existed courtney would have already released it
    Shes saving a lot of Kurt stuff to get crack money at old age
    Joss_Frusciante
    For the Love of god, this must be released... but only After Dave Grohl Kills Courtney so she doesnt get royalties
    NarwhalG2G
    Dave Grohl is good at beating things with drum sticks, maybe in the next concert he should be the drummer and they should use Courtney's head as the drumset.
    plindqui
    Of course Courtney will release this... Then claim that this is proof that Dave and Krist had nothing to do with Nirvana's success
    Abacus11
    I'd love to hear this. Who knows what direction Cobain was headed in as a songwriter.
    Shuei5
    How come no one has mentioned this for... 18 years? Sure Hole doesn't just need some promotion now that they reformed? Besides, haven't Courtney already sold out pretty much all she could of Kurt's music to feed her addiction...
    OxMxGxTACOS
    They'll be leaked.. give the internet time to work it's magic. Courtney has to get drunk and high at some point... ^_^
    Maiden95
    _LoveFuzz_ wrote: If there is a dime to be made off this, you know who will release it.
    Gene Simmons?
    mitchrosko
    Twat Courtney will drag this out as long as possible so she can make the money. She really doesn't give a damn about the fans. That said, I really hope these get released.
    HARTATTACK69
    dude I hope all the money made off it goes to his daughter and not she who shall not be named
    '93
    i hope they keep them in their oringial forms...maybe slightly better mixing but not adding anything to it
    ELVst0ne92
    Shuei5 wrote: How come no one has mentioned this for... 18 years? Sure Hole doesn't just need some promotion now that they reformed? Besides, haven't Courtney already sold out pretty much all she could of Kurt's music to feed her addiction...
    I agree, all publicity is good publicity, and because the world would only be too horrified by a Courtney Love sex tape to ever look at her again, she's using her dead husband == *****
    teknoman
    As long as they dont release the damn thing song by song on a chain of greatest hits albums and box-sets its going to be cool... just sayin'
    baneofmorgoth
    _LoveFuzz_ wrote: If there is a dime to be made off this, you know who will release it.
    And we all know what kind of "dime" you're speaking of.
    tom11
    before his death 18 years ago
    Well he didn't record it after his death, did he...
    coco-loco
    Meanwhile, Eric and his mid-90s bandmates in Hole reformed on stage
    Wow...I didn't realise members of Hole were in their 90's!!! Jesus...
    Iommianity
    I've never heard of an entire lost album, but I've read many times Kurt wanted to play acoustic material instead of Nirvana by the end, and that he wanted to go solo. There's nothing surprising at all about him having a lot of material tucked away for something like that.
    blackdakhma
    dropclutchfan1 wrote: cobain was a hack who gives a shit
    Maybe the millions of people who actually enjoy his music?
    greekboy slim
    I have a couple songs by Kurt... "Better Off Blind" and "Down" are they from this? Anyone else know what I'm talking about?
    blackdakhma
    FN77 wrote: Except now mainstream music is nothing but terrible rap and lip-synching pop, a kurt cobain album today would be a commercial failure, which says something about today's mainstream fan. People don't want substance anymore, they want Rhianna
    I actually don't think it would be a failure. If modern day metal bands can chart in the Billboard 200, a new Nirvana/Kurt release would definitely get pretty high up there.
    6-String_Madman
    FN77 wrote: Except now mainstream music is nothing but terrible rap and lip-synching pop, a kurt cobain album today would be a commercial failure, which says something about today's mainstream fan. PEOPLE DON'T WANT SUBSTANCE ANYMORE, they want Rhianna
    Sad but true...
    ifc69
    Doesn't this solidify the argument that he was going to quit Nirvana, and thus be worth more dead than alive?
    FN77
    Except now mainstream music is nothing but terrible rap and lip-synching pop, a kurt cobain album today would be a commercial failure, which says something about today's mainstream fan. People don't want substance anymore, they want Rhianna
    Used2HaveHerpes
    DeepBullet wrote: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!! LET THE FUCKING GUY DIE ALREADY!! "oh we found a voice message and we are going to use it in a new album featuring it and live versions of songs!" all of this becuase of the ****ing foo fighters...
    Wait... what? As [inexplicably] huge as the Foo Fighters seem to be (for a rock band in America, at least), Nirvana was an immeasurable amount more successful (and consistent) than they are. Also, if anything, the Foo Fighters would be trying to ride the coat tails of Nirvana, but they've actually tried to distance themselves from any association with Nirvana.
    WM121
    whoops! Better hope this doesn't get leaked.. Courtney Love might have a problem with people hearing a piece of rock history
    BradTheBluefish
    Elderer wrote: JAHellraiser wrote: Are you sure? I think if something like this existed courtney would have already released it Shes saving a lot of Kurt stuff to get crack money at old age
    FUNNIEST AND TRUEST POST ON HERE!!!
    DexterF
    Or one could get over it after 18 years. There's tons of good music out there. Watch out for gigs in small places that cost 15 bucks. You'd be surprised.
    pultheplug
    Anyone else think that the article was about Kurt covering an entire beatles album?
    nnb
    teknoman wrote: As long as they dont release the damn thing song by song on a chain of greatest hits albums and box-sets its going to be cool... just sayin'
    They weren't, but now you put the idea in their heads.
    Chronologo
    WM121 wrote: whoops! Better hope this doesn't get leaked.. Courtney Love might have a problem with people hearing a piece of rock history
    Who cares about Courtney having a problem??
    mericanattitude
    People who are making big plans; in this case - working towards a solo album with plenty of collaborations, generally don't just decide to kill themselves. Just more information to let us know that Courtney had Kurt killed. Hell, even Leland Cobain knows that his grandson was killed. Courtney shouldn't last too much longer; then hopefully Francis can take over the estate. So sad...
    Sundb3rg
    Maybe Michael Stipe were one of the collaborators, if i remember right, he and Kurt were supposed to do something together.