If you were a betting man, or woman, the chances that the release of a solo album from Nirvana’s late singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain would sell huge amounts of records would be a safe wager.
Maybe not! The album officially landed on Nov 13th, but only sold 5,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen reports (via Billboard).
Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings— which is in fact, the soundtrack for Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain documentary, comprises of previously unreleased Cobain demos.
Even with relatively poor numbers out of the box, the album did, however, manage to debut at No. 1 on the soundtracks chart, No. 6 on alternative albums and No. 121 on the Billboard 200.
These opening week sales are relatively disappointing when you compare it to previous Nirvana compilations. Take for instance, the 1992 release of the band’s compilation, Incesticide, which debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard top 100 and sold 500,000 copies in its first two months. This was achieved even though the album received very little promotion prior to its release. The band’s 2002 compilation Nirvana sold 234,000 copies in its first week alone and went straight into the Billboard charts at No. 3. Both albums went on to be certified Platinum in the U.S.
The Home Recordings: features a 13-track release, and an expanded 31 track deluxe version and boasts multiple demos and recordings from Cobain’s life, much of them of lower sound quality, and including a cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and an early version of the Nirvana song “Been a Son”. Some of the songs on the set appear in the documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last winter, and was released theatrically in April and aired on HBO in May.
During a recent interview, director Morgen said of the album: “I curated the album to create a feeling that the listener was sitting in Kurt’s apartment in Olympia, Washington, in the late ‘80s,” Morgen said, “and bearing witness to his creation.”
For all of you collectors and audiophiles out there, the album will arrive on vinyl on Dec 4th.