LIVE NIRVANA SESSIONS HISTORY (Mark Lanegan) December 1989–January 1990 - Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA, US View in Google Maps

  • Mark Lanegan
    • Johnson, Mike (guitar)
    • Lanegan, Mark (vocals)
    • Pickerel, Mark (drums)
  • Cobain, Kurt (backing vocals)
  • Endino, Jack (guitar, bass)
  • Endino, Jack (producer, engineer)
  • [O] Down In The Dark Cobain on backing vocals
  • Audio: 1-inch 16-track analog magnetic tape (session tape)
Source ID Quality Complete Runtime Lowest Gen Tracks Featured Notes
SBD #1 10.0 0:03:21 Official AIFF/WAV 96kHz/24bit (Mark Lanegan - The Winding Sheet) • Down In The Dark Mixed by Jack Endino, 1990.

There were many subsequent sessions to record material for Mark Lanegan's solo album, The Winding Sheet, which had begun in August 1989 (click here for info on the Jury sessions). The dates were December 10–11 (nine hours), December 14 & 16 (seven hours on each day), December 18 (ten hours), December 20, 1989, (eight hours) and January 1, 1990 (nine hours). (1) During one of these days, Cobain recorded background vocals on Down in the Dark. It is not thought that Cobain collaborated on any other tracks.

Originally it was supposed to be an EP of blues covers and I was going to do it with Kurt and Chris of NIRVANA, Lanegan told the New Musical Express. Kurt and I wrote a couple of songs, but we never taped them so we couldn't remember them. I recorded three songs, but the guys weren't happy with them, although one ended up on the record. Sub Pop suggested I do a solo record, and I ended up doing it, although I didn't really want to. It seemed really stupid and pretentious to me, which was furthered by the cover art they picked while I was away in Europe. The whole thing embarrasses me. (2)

  1. Gaar, Gillian G., 1997. Verse Chorus Verse: The Recording History Of Nirvana, Goldmine, [online] Available at:
  2. Evans, Liz, 1993. Touch Me, I'm Sycamore, New Musical Express, January 23, 1993.

© Alex Roberts. August 28, 2011