Elliott Smith - New Moon
Label: Kill Rock Stars – KRS455
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Released: 08 May 2007
Style: Acoustic, Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
A1 Angel In The Snow 2:37
A2 Talking To Mary 3:42
A3 High Times 3:11
A4 New Monkey 3:12
A5 Looking Over My Shoulder 3:39
A6 Going Nowhere 3:51
B1 Riot Coming 3:43
B2 All Cleaned Out 2:57
B3 First Timer 2:42
B4 Go By 3:46
B5 Miss Misery (Early Version) 2:56
B6 Thirteen 2:43
C1 Georgia, Georgia 1:46
C2 Whatever (Folk Song In C) 2:17
C3 Big Decision 2:00
C4 Placeholder 2:30
C5 New Disaster 4:10
C6 Seen How Things Are Hard 3:21
D1 Fear City 3:29
D2 Either / Or 2:27
D3 Pretty Mary K (Other Version) 3:24
D4 Almost Over 2:11
D5 See You Later 2:54
D6 Half Right 3:50
Layout, Artwork By [Cover Art], Typography [Title Type] – Mike King (3)
Liner Notes – Christopher O'Riley, Larry Crane, Rebecca Gates, Sam Coomes, Sean Croghan
Mastered By – Roger Seibel
Mixed By – Elliott Smith (tracks: A2), Rob Schnapf (tracks: C6), Tom Rothnick (tracks: C6)
Mixed By, Sequenced By, Mastered By [Supervision], Other [Album Supervision] – Larry Crane
Other [Album Supervision], Sequenced By – Maggie Vail
Producer [Additional] – Rob Schnapf (tracks: B4, C6), Tom Rothnick (tracks: B4, C6)
Recorded By – Elliott Smith, Rob Jones (tracks: B6, D5, D6)
Songwriter – Alex Chilton (tracks: B6), Chris Bell (tracks: B6), Elliott Smith, Neil Gust (tracks: D5, D6)
Technician [Transfer, Overdubs] – Rob Schnapf (tracks: B4, C6), Tom Rothnick (tracks: B4, C6)
Typography [Title Type] – Chanda Helzer
Mixed 10/06 at Jackpot! Recording Studio, Portland, OR, except for "Talking to Mary" "with help from Tony and Leslie at Tony's house", 1995 in Portland, and "Seen How Things Are Hard", mixed at The Shop in 1996. "Go By" and "Seen How Things Are Hard" transfer, overdubs and additional production at The Shop. "Thirteen", "See You Later" and "Half Right" recorded in Elliott's Basement for broadcast June 1, 1996, on the Locals Show on KWVA 88.1 Eugene, OR. Songs from Elliott's 8-track sessions for Either/Or were recorded at Joanna Bolme's house, Elliott's house, Undercover, Inc. or the Heatmiser House - from 1995 to 1996. Tape baking and transfers by Mr. Toad's Audio in San Francisco. Mastered at SAE.
Technical Note: Except for the special case of "New Disaster", where independent instrumental and vocal takes were combined, all songs are presented as tracked by Elliott, and every effort was made to check stereo placement, track levels, editing ideas, arrangement ideas, and the overall feel that were present in his rough (or released) mixes. In many cases remixing was simply an attempt to make the elements of the song slightly more legible, and in other cases to reduce the background tape hiss. In no way is this album simply a product of the studio in 2006 - it is a collection of songs, any of which could have easily been included on his albums of 1995 or 1997.
Songs previously unreleased except for:
"See You Later", Air Check cassette (1999, JB020/Jealous Butcher/limited to 300 copies)
"Angel in the Snow" Yeti: Volume I (2000, 2500 issues printed/pressed)
"Big Decision" - A Slice of Lemon (1995, KRS100/Kill Rock Stars, still in print)
For my money, Smith was undoubtedly, one of the finest songwriters to emerge from the mid 90's. In terms of angst & heartache, he all too quietly pulled the rug out from under Kurt Cobain. Suffice it to say, all the songs here are terrific. Vintage Elliott Smith. Catchy Beatleseque hooks, intimate vocals. Audio butterscotch. Smith's unique playing style is on full display, especially on "Seen How Things Are Hard".
Recorded between 1994-97, Smith was probably wise to leave these songs off his official releases. Not because the the songs were bad. But one gets the sense that his best albums would have been less so with their inclusion. Fortunately for fans, they all work so well together here. Sequencing is half the battle on things like this & folks here have done a fine job. Nothing feels particularly thrown together last minute.
Highlights include, the fragile, "Angel In The Snow" and the bleak, "All Cleaned Out". The early version of "Pretty Mary K" outshines its eventual incarnation on FIGURE 8. And it's nice to finally hear the title track of "Either/Or". Oddly enough, the last 2 tracks ("See You Later" and "Half Right") act as more of a fitting fond farewell than nearly all of FROM A BASEMENT ON THE HILL.
Like much of Smith's classic work, a lot of the songs herein evoke a similar mood to that found on Nick Drake's PINK MOON. Comparison between Smith and Drake has never been much of a stretch though The Beatles have been cited as a major influence.
Elliott Smith - Angel in the Snow
Elliott Smith - Going Nowhere
His voice is so so beautiful
Elliott Smith - Talking to Mary
Elliott Smith - All Cleaned Out
That fact that this song wasn't seen as good enough for an album, is just further prove that Elliott was the greatest songwriter ever.
Elliott Smith - Pretty Mary K (Other Version)
Elliott Smith - Either/Or