STRUMMER ALBUM AS EARLY AS MAY?

The record will combine Mescaleros material with tracks the late star was putting together on his own...

JOE STRUMMER’s last album could be released as early as May, according to US reports.

With his final band The Mescaleros, Strummer recorded and released two albums, 1999’s ‘Rock Art & The X-Ray Style’, and 2001’s ‘Global A Go-Go’.

As we revealed earlier this week, Strummer had been working on the follow-up in the months preceding his death late last year.

On their final club tour of the UK last year, Strummer had been performing a number of unreleased songs, with working titles including ‘Get Down Moses’, ‘Guitar Slinger Man’, ‘Dakar Meantime’ and ‘Coma Girl’ – the latter being singled out as one of the best.

At the time of his passing Strummer was scheduled to team up with Bono to record a new song titled ‘48864’ for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela-organised AIDS Awareness concert in South Africa.

MTV news reports that a new record could be released in May, and will compile these sessions with songs he had been working outside of The Mescaleros.

During December, Strummer And The Mescaleros were scheduled to go into a studio to do more work on a new album. His bandmates will spend the coming weeks working through the progress so far, deciding how many new songs were committed to tape in a releasable form.