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Thursday, February 4, 1999 Published at 14:13 GMT


Entertainment

Hutchence's last tapes to be released

Michael Hutchence: Found hanged in a Sydney hotel room in 1997

The solo album that INXS singer Michael Hutchence was recording when he committed suicide is to be released worldwide in June.

Hutchence, 37, hanged himself in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997 after a battle with depression and the effects of long-term drug use.

He had been working on the album in London and New York, and but release of the tapes had been hampered by legal arguments over who owned the rights to them.

Now Greg Johnson, general manager of the V2 record label, has said the album will be mixed in the US over the next two by producer Danny Saber, who co-wrote some of the material.

'It won't be a tribute album'

Johnson said: "It won't be seen as a tribute album or a legacy album. I think when people hear it, they'll understand what Michael was trying to achieve. His persona comes through."

Saber is best known for producing the British group Black Grape, featuring Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder.

The remaining members of INXS last year said they would stay in the music industry under the band's original name, the Farriss Brothers.



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