Rare Nirvana B-Side ‘Marigold’ Featuring ‘All Apologies’ Cellist Surfaces [LISTEN]
Over two decades after Kurt Cobain's death and countless box sets, re-releases and archival leaks later, a rare alternative version of the Nirvana B-side "Marigold," which was written by and features lead vocals from Dave Grohl, has only just recently surfaced. The previously unheard rendition of the track features additional instrumentals from "All Apologies" cellist Kera Schaley.
Aside from the haunting cello line, the newly leaked mix of "Marigold" sounds similar to the version that was released as a B-side to In Utero single "Heart Shaped Box" and later featured on 2004's posthumous box set With the Lights Out.
Like the previously released version, this rare rendition comes from the In Utero recording sessions, which took place in February of 1993 with Steve Albini at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls Minnesota, Noisey reports.
It remains unclear whether the leaked mix will make it onto any future posthumous Nirvana releases. It was originally posted on the RareNirvana YouTube channel but has since been taken down. Thanks to another YouTube page dedicated to the seminal '90s grunge band, the clip lives on. Listen below.
In addition to singing lead, Grohl is on both guitar and bass while Krist Novoselic plays bass and Schaley rocks the cello. The Foo Fighters frontman has credited Cobain as singing the low harmony, Consequence of Sound reports.
Rumor has it that Cobain also played drums on the track, although there have been an equal number of claims that he was absent during the track's production. "Marigold" remains the only Nirvana track the band's frontman did not have a hand in writing.
Schaley is notably the only musician besides Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl to be featured on In Utero and present during their final studio sessions. The cellist also has credits on Vic Chesnutt's 1995 album Is The Actor Happy? and Azure Ray's November which was released in 2002.
Grohl originally wrote "Marigold" in 1992 when it appeared on Pocketwatch, the solo album he released under the moniker Late! In 2006, a live version of the song was featured on Foo Fighters' Skin and Bones.