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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
In the notes in To: Elliott From: Portland, Expunged Records president Anthony Davis writes, "Elliott Smith was someone who told your sad story and made you feel like you were not alone." With this in mind, Davis set out to release a tribute album to the late singer, featuring covers from other Portland musicians the city that Smith called home with whom Smith's distinct, fragile style resonated and who counted themselves among his many fans. Tribute albums are always accompanied with much dissent, because almost never are the new versions of the songs better than the originals, but Smith's songs had touched too many people to not make one. Though die-hard fans will most ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
In the notes in To: Elliott From: Portland, Expunged Records president Anthony Davis writes, "Elliott Smith was someone who told your sad story and made you feel like you were not alone." With this in mind, Davis set out to release a tribute album to the late singer, featuring covers from other Portland musicians the city that Smith called home with whom Smith's distinct, fragile style resonated and who counted themselves among his many fans. Tribute albums are always accompanied with much dissent, because almost never are the new versions of the songs better than the originals, but Smith's songs had touched too many people to not make one. Though die-hard fans will most certainly object to Lifesavas' hip-hop rendition of "Happiness," or To Live & Die in L.A.'s made-for-modern-rock-radio "King's Crossing," for the most part, the artists stay true -- almost too true -- to the original versions, keeping the sparse, melancholic arrangements, the breathy vocals, the quavering, emotional voice. While "The Ballad of Big Nothing," performed by the Thermals and mixed by Joanna Bolme, Smith's ex-girlfriend, is a near copy of the original, and very good, the most successful arrangements are in fact those that are willing to stray slightly from Smith's already proven path. Amelia's version of "Between the Bars" brings a fantastic song to greater heights as vocalist Teisha Helgerson pulls even more emotion out of the melody, and the electronica-esque "Angeles," by Crosstide, shows how well Smith's songs can transfer from genre to genre the same cannot be said, sadly, of Lifesavas' version of "Happiness," which doesn't actually come together as a song until the very end. But the star of the show is a cover of the previously unreleased "High Times," by former roommate Sean Croghan, whose angry guitar and angry voice reflect the feelings shared by everyone Smith had affected: the sadness for the promise lost with his friend's early death.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Expunged Records
  • UPC: 634457168923
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 103,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clementine (4:25)
  2. 2 Satellite (3:17)
  3. 3 The Biggest Lie (3:16)
  4. 4 Ballad of Big Nothing - The Thermals (2:43)
  5. 5 I Didn't Understand (2:35)
  6. 6 Rose Parade (4:21)
  7. 7 Between the Bars (2:41)
  8. 8 Needle in the Hay (4:34)
  9. 9 Division Day (3:18)
  10. 10 Angeles (2:31)
  11. 11 Wouldn't Mama Be Proud? (4:02)
  12. 12 Speed Trials (4:12)
  13. 13 King's Crossing (3:05)
  14. 14 Happiness (3:57)
  15. 15 High Times - Davis Lee Hooker (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Trott Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Eric Hedford Keyboards, Vocals
Mark Orton Percussion, Bass Harmonica
Brandon Summers Guitar
Benjamin Weikel Keyboards
Sean Croghan Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ryan Stowe Track Performer
Corey Ficken Track Performer
Evan Railton Track Performer
Joey Ficken Track Performer
Jesse Emerson Autoharp, Keyboards, Upright Bass
Teisha Helgerson Vocals
Hutch Harris Track Performer
Scott Weddle Guitar
Kathy Foster Track Performer
Jordan Hudson Track Performer
Josh Hodges Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Bret Vogel Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Scott Sloan Electric Guitar, Voices
Rian Lewis Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tony Lash Mastering
Jeff Trott Producer, Engineer
Elliott Smith Composer
Eric Hedford Engineer
Mark Orton Producer
Joanna Bolme Engineer
Josh Hodges Producer
Jason Locken Graphic Design
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