UPDATE: Cobain’s cover of “And I Love Her” has now been officially released.
The record features a rare Cobain original, “Sappy,” on the B-side, and is scheduled to arrive two weeks after the release of the Montage of Heck soundtrack. Word of the seven-inch initially spread on the Vinyl Collector forum, where a pre-order link was posted. A spokesperson for Morgen confirmed the release to Rolling Stone.
Cobain’s cover of “And I Love Her” was one of several previously unheard tracks Morgen unearthed while scouring the late Nirvana frontman’s massive archives, which included a trove of homemade recordings. Considering Cobain once famously expressed his love of the Beatles while bashing Paul McCartney — who wrote “And I Love Her” — the discovery surprised Morgen.
“Nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing,” the director told Rolling Stone. “I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul song. How’s that for shattering the myth?”
It’s unclear whether “And I Love Her” will also appear on the Montage of Heck soundtrack as Morgen has yet to provide an official track list. Morgen, however, did say the release will include “a mind-blowing 12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track,” as well as unreleased material not included in the documentary.
“I finished the film and there was all this other music,” Morgen told KCRW’s The Business in May. “No one asked me to do anything, I just started cutting the thing together and telling the estate that they should put this out. I think initially my thought was it would be a nice complement to the film. I don’t have any financial stake in the album. Creatively, it should be out there as a thing for the fans.”
The Montage of Heck soundtrack arrives November 6th, the same day as the film’s DVD release.