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Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

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The impact of Elliott Smith ’s music holds no bounds. He has been championed, covered, and sampled by artists from Billie Eilish to Pearl Jam to Frank Ocean and his distinct, solemn sound reverberates in the work of the National, Phoebe Bridgers and Bon Iver. To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s self-titled second solo album, Kill Rock Stars/UMG release the Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition.

The package includes a revelatory new remastering of the original Elliott Smith record and a bonus disc of the earliest known recording of Smith performing as a solo act, from September 17, 1994 at Portland’s café and “art salon” Umbra Penumbra. The albums come encased within a 52-page coffee table book with handwritten lyrics, reminiscences from Smith’s friends and colleagues about his life at the time he was writing and recording this album, and two dozen previously unseen photographs from the era by JJ Gonson, who shot the image on the album’s cover (the original photo that became the cover is also seen here for the first time).

When Elliott Smith was released in July 1995, it was so dramatically out-of-step with the later stages of grunge—and with the indie rock and Riot Grrl sounds associated with the Kill Rock Stars label—that it was completely ignored by the press but championed by artists from the Beastie Boys to Fugazi. “I’ve always felt like this record is underappreciated,” says Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon. “A lot of people overlook Elliott’s first two records—they think of them as a prelude to the bigger albums that followed—but when you go back, you discover they’re really great. This is Elliott’s most fragile and delicate music, and we wanted to honor that with a special and beautiful package.”

Released: September 2020
Cat: 5392321
Label: Kill Rock Stars

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Tracklist

LP1 + CD1 – Elliot Smith Remastered
1. Needle in the Hay
2. Christian Brothers
3. Clementine
4. Southern Belle
5. Single File
7. 6. Coming Up Roses
8. Satellite
9. Alphabet Town
9. St. Ides Heaven
10. Good to Go
11. The White Lady Loves You More
12. The Biggest Lie

LP2 + CD2 – Live at Umbra Penumbra
1. Some Song
2. Alphabet Town
3. Whatever (Folk Song In C)
4. No Name #4
5. Big Decision
6. Condor Ave
7. No Name #1
8. No Confidence Man
9. Crazy Fucker
10.  Half Right