Friday, July 19

Elliott Smith - Seattle, WA 2000 (sbd)

Boombox Stage
Bumbershoot Festival 
Seattle, WA
September 2, 2000
soundboard recording (audio from professionally-recorded VHS tape; sound quality: VG+; there's occasional distortion at the upper end of Smith's vocals, possibly due to an issue with his mic)

SAMPLE: "Coming Up Roses" (live Seattle, WA 2000)

Elliott Smith in rural N.J. as shot by photographer Chris Buck
01 Needle In the Hay
02 Bled White
03 Stupidity Tries
04 Coming Up Roses
05 Waltz #2 (XO)
06 Everything Means 
     Nothing to Me 
07 Clementine
08 Son of Sam
09 L.A.
10 Amity
11 Ballad of Big Nothing
12 Cupid's Trick
13 St. Ides Heaven
14 Junk Bond Trader
15 Division Day
16 Christian Brothers
17 Angeles
18 Fond Farewell
19 Alameda
20 Say Yes

ROB SEZ: Elliott Smith is yet another artist I've wanted to feature here for a while. Whereas most fans seems to appreciate Smith for his breathy, emotionally fragile folk-pop, I prefer to hear him backed by an electric band, playing at full tilt as we have here. In this recording, we get to hear Elliott play to a "hometown" crowd at the Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle (Smith lived in Portland for many years). The album Figure 8 had been released just a few months prior to the festival, and we get to hear half a dozen songs from it. Although this show has circulated for a good while as a DVD, I'm not aware of its availability as an audio-only document with a lossless lineage. When I acquired this very good-quality video via the JEMS team, I thought it would make a great audio bootleg — so I created one for myself. Now, you get to enjoy it too. has LOTS more lossless Elliott Smith recordings, including some FM & soundboard shares HERE.



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