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10 Unreleased Nirvana Tracks Have Mysteriously Surfaced Online – Listen To Them Here

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There’s a few new versions of unreleased songs as well as the infamous Sound City sessions.

Over the weekend intrepid Reddit and Stereogum users somehow managed to upload 10 never before heard Nirvana tracks, despite the fact that these recordings must have been knocking around for over 20 years at least without ever surfacing.

Nobody really knows how they were able to track these down but that probably isn’t the most important part of the story – the most important part is that there are new Nirvana recordings that we’re able to listen to for the first time. Most of them are different versions of songs we’ve already heard, but beggars can’t really be choosers when it comes to new Nirvana songs can they?

You can listen to them all on the Soundcloud below. There’s also a detailed explanation of each of them underneath the player courtesy of Redditor r1ckyh1mself.

If you enjoyed these, make sure to check out these pictures from Nirvana’s 1989 European tour too. Carnage.

Update: It looks like these just got taken down. If it makes you feel better I listened to them and they weren’t that amazing, but still they were worth checking out. Apologies, but blame everyone over at Universal Music Group not me. 

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“Sappy” (Nevermind Outtake) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; “The band took another stab at recording ‘Sappy’ at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. ‘I don’t want to do this,’ he insisted. ‘I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it.’ The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.”

“Verse Chorus Verse” (Alt. Take) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; “The band recorded this track live, with Cobain providing a scratch vocal. Cobain then overdubbed three guitars to complement the bass and drums. Although the song was finished instrumentally, Cobain never recorded a formal lead vocal part.”

“Scentless Apprentice (Demo — Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 BMG Ariola Ltda., Rio de Janeiro, BR

“Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 BMG Ariola Ltda., Rio de Janeiro

“Heart-Shaped Box” (Instrumental) Recorded in February 12-26, 1993 Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN; “This demo has different solo than album version.”

“Polly” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in April 2-6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison WI; “The rendition of ‘Polly’ captured at this session was so successful that it was used on Nevermind. [Butch] Vig recalls it as being the final track recorded.”

“Here She Comes Now” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in April 2-6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison WI; “[Chris] Channing recalls ‘Here She Comes Now’ as being one of the few takes that went smoothly at Smart; ‘I was shocked we did that one,’ he remembers, ‘that was a fun song.’ [Krist] Novoselic says that the reason the band covered the song was because they’d been asked to by an indie label. ‘Gary from Tupelo Records called up and said he was putting out a Velvet Underground tribute record, and he wanted us to play on it. We had never played that song before [the Smart sessions] and we hardly ever played it after. We just kind of hashed it out. We did that song in one take’.”

“Tourette’s” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in February 12-26, 1993 Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN

“Old Age” (Alt Take — Mix 1) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; “The band recorded this track live, with Cobain again providing a scratch vocal. It was quickly dropped after a guitar overdub was completed.”

“Old Age” (Alt. Take — Mix 2) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; “The band recorded this track live, with Cobain again providing a scratch vocal. It was quickly dropped after a guitar overdub was completed.”

“Milk It” (Demo — Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

“Onward Into Countless Battles” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

“I Hate Myself And Want To Die” (Demo — Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

“Seasons In The Sun” (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

“Earth — Divine and Bright” (Reissue); “This wasn’t released today, but on a reissue of Dylan Carlson’s band Earth released in 2010, and has Kurt singing lead vocals along with Kelly Canary from the band Dickless. It’s a cool little song, and I’m surprised how many people never heard this before.”

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