A few days ago I purchased Elliot Smith’s 1995 S/T album on vinyl and have been listening to it obsessively since. I actually already owned it on CD from when I was in High School, but hadn’t listened to it in years.
I have to admit that I am not really that huge a fan of most of Elliot Smith’s music. Usually when I don’t like folk music (which is most of the time), it is because I wish it was more filled out with drums and other instruments. With Smith though, less is definitely more, and his later work is just too grossly over produced to carry the same emotional resonance of his first album.
This morning I remembered a documentary/live music video called Lucky Three I have on an old Kill Rock Stars compilation VHS. The 1997 Jem Cohen directed short film features Smith playing three songs and walking around dirty pre-pearl district 90’s Portland. I remember watching it when I was 16 or 17 and crying like a hormonal goon. It is a great example of Smith’s earlier sound before he got all fucked up and famous and dead.
I’m sure you’ll love it too….