If you didn’t already know, Nathaniel and I are big Elliott Smith buffs. Call it obsession, maybe aided by post-mortum depression, but whatever…anyone that knows Elliott Smith’s music will agree –> it’s pretty hard not to be obsessed. So, for those of you who are admirers, fans, obsessives, and mere advocates alike, these rare, beautiful songs should suit you well:
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Brand New Game
This Figure 8-era track was a fan favorite at a lot of his shows…probably because of its unusual (for Elliott) upbeat, rock piano-driven style. There’s some pretty skilled guitar playing in this one, not to mention drumming, etc, considering Smith played all the instruments.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Either/Or (No More)
This is the would-be title track from the Either/Or sessions. It’s a really amazing song, and the organ is a nice addition, but I’d say judging from the rest of the songs that made the album, it’s obvious why it was left off. It’s a shame, too, because it’s such a good song.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Sons Into Daughters
Smith really had a knack for low-spirited songs that hit you like a punch in the gut, both lyrically and musically. This one probably came out of his Roman Candle days (originally) although I can’t help but draw connections with the opening lines to Elliott’s crazed dispute with 5-0 outside of that Flaming Lips show…
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Going Nowhere
Here’s one that reappeared in a studio-quality recording in late 2005 with the rest of the “FABOTH II” demos, leading a lot of fans to believe it was a front runner for the originally planned double disc FABOTH. It’s a beautiful, tragic song with Elliott showing once again his superior lyrical and guitar playing abilities.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Baby Britain (Alternate Instrumental)
This simple, beautiful, finger-plucked tune originally debuted in the 1997 documentary Lucky Three, showcasing Elliott in his private recording sessions. This is the original music behind “Baby Britain” which Elliott later replaced with the more rocking, piano-driven version we all know from XO.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Stained Glass Eyes
This is probably my favorite unreleased Elliott Smith song… I’d say it’s most likely about Elliott’s deviation from whatever social norms he sees as constructed around him…but knowing Elliott, there’s probably so much more to it that I’m missing. In any event, the line “They can’t be people, not if I’m one / If I have to be like them I’d rather be no one” gets me every time.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Taking A Fall
Another Either/Or-era track that emerged again with the FABOTH II demos. If you can guess it, this song is pretty much about what the title suggests, with the usual metaphor. Not as strong as the others, and a little repetitive, but a good rarity nonetheless.
[MP3] Elliott Smith – No Life
Here’s another rock-ish Figure 8-era demo. It’s too late for me to have the volume loud enough to hear the lyrics well enough to interpret the song (deep breath), so…anyone wanna give a crack at it?
[MP3] Elliott Smith – Figure 8
Here’s a Schoolhouse Rock-type song that was included as a b-side to the “Son Of Sam” single. A really eerie, winding, mystery of a song…that at least proves Elliott’s math ability. Reminds me a lot of “Bye” which I’ve come to like more and more upon each subsequent listen.
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