- album out 7 May 2007 on Domino –
On May 7, 2007, Domino will release a double CD of music by Elliott Smith entitled New Moon. The album contains 24 songs recorded 1995-1997, a prolific time in Smith’s career, when he recorded his self-titled album and Either/Or (both also released by Domino).
Arguably the most gifted song-writer of his generation, Elliott Smith produced a large body of work that includes five solo albums, as well as From a Basement on the Hill (2004), a collection of songs completed before his death in 2003. Like his other work, New Moon reflects the power of Smith’s ability to integrate rich, melodic music with poetic, multi-layered lyrics.
The final mixing for the double cd was done by Larry Crane, who is the archivist for the estate of Elliott Smith. A significant portion of proceeds from the album sales will go directly to Outside In, a Portland-based social service organization dedicated to providing diverse services for homeless youth and low-income adults.
Angel In The Snow
Talking To Mary
Looking Over My Shoulder
All Cleaned Out
Miss Misery (early version)
Whatever (Folk Song in C)
Seen How Things Are Hard
Pretty Mary K (other version)
See You Later
ALBUM CREDITS …
All songs recorded by Elliott Smith unless otherwise noted.
Mixed by Larry Crane, 10/06 at Jackpot!
Recording Studio, Portland, OR, except for Talking to Mary mixed by Elliott Smith, with help from Tony and Leslie at Tonys house, 1995 in Portland, and Seen How Things Are Hard, mixed at The Shop by Tom Rothrock & Rob Schnapf in 1996.
Go By and Seen How Things Are Hard transfer, overdubs and additional production at The Shop by Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf.
Thirteen, See You Later and Half Right recorded by Rob Jones and Elliott Smith in Elliotts Basement for broadcast June 1, 1996, on the Locals Show on KWVA 88.1 Eugene, OR Songs from Elliotts 8-track sessions for Either/Or were recorded at Joanna Bolmes house, Elliotts house, Undercover, Inc. or the Heatmiser House – from 1995 to 1996.
Research, archiving, and liner notes by Larry Crane for The Estate of Steven Paul Smith.
Album supervision and sequencing by Maggie Vail, Larry Crane, and the Estate of Elliott Smith.
Tape baking and transfers by Mr. Toads Audio in San Francisco.
Mastered at SAE by Roger Seibel with supervision by Larry Crane.
Cover art and layout by Mike King. Title type by Chanda Helzer and Mike King.
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)
Thanks To: Joanna Bolme, Sam Coomes, Philip Fischer, Rob Jones, JJ Gonson, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Kendra Lynn @ Jackpot!, Mike McGonigal, Neil Mortensen, Charlie Ramirez, Conrad Rippy, Tom Rothrock, SAE, Rob Schnapf, Peter Shaver, Patrick C. Taylor, Leslie Uppinghouse and Tardon and Mark at Mr. Toads.
Special thanks to Chris Walla and Gail Buchanan for 8-track deck loans.
Larry Crane thanks Jenna Sather for her support.
Kill Rock Stars would especially like to thank the families of Elliott Smith as well as Slim Moon and Larry Crane.
We wouldnt have this wonderful collection without your hard work, cooperation, and dedication
Elliott Smith was born Steven Paul Smith in Omaha, Nebraska on August 6, 1969.
His father Gary Smith was in medical school at the University of Nebraska, and his mother Bunny was an elementary school teacher. When Elliott was one year old his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Dallas, Texas. That same year, his father was drafted, assigned to the U.S. Air Force, and sent to the Philippines as a physician.
By the time Elliott was 5, both his father and mother had remarried and his father and stepmother moved to Portland, Oregon. From the age of four to thirteen, Elliott lived with his mother, stepfather and two half- siblings in Duncanville, TX (a suburb of Dallas). At fourteen, Elliott moved to Portland, Oregon to live with his father, stepmother, and two half-sisters.
Elliott started to write and record songs at home in Portland on a four-track recorder. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated in 1987 as a National Merit finalist. While in high school he formed his first band, Stranger than Fiction.
Elliott attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts and graduated in 1991 with a major in political philosophy. He then moved back to Portland and formed the band Heatmiser along with Neil Gust, his friend and fellow-musician from Hampshire College.
Elliott released his first solo album, Roman Candle in 1994. He followed with the self-titled Elliott Smith (1995) and Either/ Or (1997), all issued on the independent label Domino. He also recorded three albums with Heatmiser in the early 90s: Dead Air and Cop and Speeder (both on Frontier) and Mic City Sons (Virgin/Caroline).
In 1997 director and Portland resident Gus Van Sant used some of his songs in the film Good Will Hunting (Van Sant had been a friend and fan of Smiths since hearing Roman Candle). One of those, Miss Misery, went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture. Elliott performed Miss Misery on the Academy Awards telecast March 23, 1998.
Elliott signed a contract with DreamWorks Records in 1998 and quickly released XO, his fourth solo album. That same year his cover of The Beatles Because was the end-credit song for the Academy Award winning film American Beauty. In 2000, Smith released his fifth solo album, Figure 8, to much critical acclaim.
After the release of Figure 8 and subsequent touring in support of the record, Smith concentrated on writing and reworking more songs, many of which made up From a Basement on The Hill, which was released posthumously on Domino in October of 2004. Before his death in October, 2003, Elliott had realized his long time dream of building his own recording studio, New Monkey, located in Van Nuys, California.
Elliott Smith’s current release, New Moon, is a double-CD collection of 24 songs recorded from 1995-97, during the period of the release of the self-titled album and Either/Or. New Moon, like those albums, will be released by Domino.
Release date: 7 May 2007
Cat. No .: REWIGCD33