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Posthumous Releases from Elliott Smith, Jeff Healey; New Music From Jakob Dylan Headline New CD Releases

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The storm is blowing back out to sea and now we begin the process of clearing the wreckage and moving ahead, stronger for the experience and thankful for what has been spared.  What am I on about?  That's my literary way of saying it's time to return to my daily writing responsibilities, among them this column dedicated to helping you spend your money wisely.

Elliott Smith
Roman Candle
From A Basement On The Hill

We have a pair of re-issues from the estate of Elliott Smith this week.  Sadly, these two albums represent the first and last albums of his career- well, in a sense.  Basement was the album he was working on at the time of his death.  It was released a year afterward and not in the manner he likely would have presented it.  There was also New Moon, which was more a rarities collection than an album proper.  Depending on how technical you want to be, these two albums do have something of a bookend relationship to one another.

From a Basement is being released in the same form it was initially released in.  The only change to it is the label home.  All of Elliott's 'indie' albums are now being released through Kill Rock Stars.

Roman Candle is the interesting and controversial release.  This is the ultimate DIY record.  It was recorded, roughly, on lo-fi equipment and mixed roughly.  Roman Candle is favored by many Smith fans along with the self-titled follow up who prefer Smith's stripped sound to the more ornate records he'd later make.  The album has been remastered by Larry Crane, the archivist of the Smith estate, and there will be some who won't welcome this tinkering at all.

“The intention that I had was to make the album more listenable," Crane said.  "I felt that a lot of the guitar “squeaks” were jarring and very loud, and that many of the hard consonants and “S” sounds were jarring and scratchy sounding. I felt by reducing these noises that the music would become more inviting and the sound would serve the songs better. When I went to Roger Seibel's SAE Mastering, he proceeded to equalize the tracks a small amount and to make the volume slightly louder. We never tried to make this CD as loud as current, over-limited trends, but just to match the volume of the rest of Elliott’s KRS catalog in a graceful way. Please note that none of this album is “remixed” from the master tapes – it is still composed of the mixes Elliott created himself.”

 I have a hunch I'll appreciate most of the 'improvements' in the presentation so I'll probably pick up a copy but I am not real comfortable with people messing with another artist's music after the fact in this manner.  Crane knew Smith and seems to have taken measures not to be intrusive.  The very idea will be too much for some.  I'm curious.

Jakob Dylan
Women And Country

I'm hearing a lot about this release, chiefly from BC's Donald Gibson and former Rolling Stone editor David Wild.  Our good Sir Gibson is actually going to be talking to Dylan about this new album and maybe some of his previous work as well.  I haven't decided whether to check this one out before or after I read that interview.

Jeff Healey
Last Call

The music world lost a special and unique talent in 2008 when Jeff Healey passed.  Last Call is the third posthumous release (Mess of Blues, Songs From The Road)to be issued by the Healey estate and finds Healey stepping out from the blues-rock sound most casual listeners knew him for and embracing his love of jazz and swing.  The 14-track album was recorded and mixed by his longtime  associate Alec Fraser and features instrumental versions of songs originally recorded by Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang among others. 

All Leather
When I Grow Up, I Wanna Fuck Like A Girl

Ancient Bards
The Alliance Of The Kings (The

Annotations Of An Autopsy
Before The Throne Of Infection

Atlanta Rhythm Section
Atlanta Rhythm Section/Back Up Against The Wall

Auf Der Maur, Melissa
Out Of Our Minds

Awesome Color
Massa Hypnos

Barber, Chris & His Band
Chris Barber At The Bbc Vol 2

Barnes, Dave
What We Want, What We Get

Benatar, Pat
Greatest Hits Green Box

Black Prairie
Feast Of The Hunters' Moon

Blyton, Carey
Choral Music

Bobby Mcferrin
Vocabularies

Bodeans
Mr. Sad Clown

Brown, Pieta
One And All

Burke, Solomon
Nothing's Impossible

Caldwell, Kimberly
Without Regret

Cary Brothers
Under Control

Chalie Boy
Catch Me At Relays

Chapman, Roger & The Shortlist
Live At The Y 2001

Chapman/Whitney: Streetwalkers
First Cut

Cheap Trick
One On One/Next Position Pleas

Chino & Nacho
Mi Niña Bonita

Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight

Classic Crime, The
Vagabonds

Codeine Velvet Club
Codeine Velvet Club

Common Loon
The Long Dream Of Birds

Coolidge, Rita
The Lady’s Not For Sale / Fall Into Spring / It’s Only Love (Double Cd)

Cowan, John
The George Massenberg Sessions

Crosby, Bing
Centennial Anthology

Cuete
Love Stories 2 – The Notebook

Dame Shirley Bassey
The Performance

Darkthrone
Circle The Wagons

David Bowie
David Bowie / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Here Lies Love (2Cd)

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Here Lies Love (Special Edition)(2Cd/Dvd)(W/Bound Book)

Delta Moon
Hell Bound Train

Diablo, Danny
International Hardcore Superst

Diabolic
Liar & A Thief

Downchild
I Need A Hat

Dr. Dog
Shame Shame

Dr. Hook
Bankrupt/A Little Bit More

Dylan, Jakob
Women And Country

Earth, Wind & Fire
Raise!/Powerlight

Emery
Are You Listening?

Finger
Still In Boxes 1990-1994

Fleetwood Mac
Perfect In Every Way

Gbh
Perfume And Piss

Gene Autry
South Of The Border: Songs Of Old Mexico

Gorillaz Tribute
Smooth Jazz Tribute To Gorillaz

Grandpa Elliott
Sugar Sweet

Grant, John
Queen Of Denmark

Green, Vivian
Beautiful

Hacienda Us
Big Red And Barbacoa

Haggard, Merle
Out Among The Stars/A Friend In California

Harlem
Hippies

Healey, Jeff
Last Call

Heart
G.H. 1985-1995 Green Box

Heidevolk
Uit Oude Grond

Hitchcock, Robyn & The Venus 3
Propellor Time

Ikonika
Contact, Want, Love, Have

Insane Clown Posse
Bang! Pow! Boom! Nuclear Version / [2 Cd/1 Dvd Combo]

J-Dawg
Behind Tint 2

Jasmine
The Next Me

Javelin
No Mas

John Butler Trio
April Uprising

Jon Secada
Classics

Jon Secada
Classico (Spanish Version)

Jones, Norah
Come Away With Me Green Box

Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings
I Learned The Hard Way

Jonsi
Go

Judson Claiborne
Time And Temperature

Judy Garland
Judy On Broadway Tonight With Friends

Julian Cope
Peggy Suicide / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]

Junior Kelly
Red Pond

Junior Murvin
Police And Thieves / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]

Kalmah
12 Gauge

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
Very Very Live At The 100 Club

Kidjo, Angélique
Oyo

Kristy
My Romance

Luther Ingram
Absolutely The Best Of Luther Ingram

Macaroons, The
Let S Go Coconuts

Machines Of Grace
Machines Of Grace

Madonna
The Sticky & Sweet Tour (Cd/Dvd)

Margaret Leng Tan (Toy Piano)
She Herself Alone: The Art Of The Toy Piano 2

Marling, Laura
I Speak Because I Can

Marling, Laura
I Speak Because I Can

Marty Raybon
At His Best

Mi Ami
Steal Your Face

Miller Band, Steve
G.H. 1974-1978 Green Box

Monroe, Marilyn
Solid Gold

Monster Movie
Everyone Is A Ghost

Morton, Pj
Walk Alone

Mr. Criminal
Love Jams Volume 2

Murder By Death
Good Morning, Magpie

Muse Tribute
String Tribute To Muse

Negura Bunget
Maiestrit

Nice Nice
Extra Wow

Parish, John
She, A Chinese Original Soundt

Park, Patrick
Come What Will

Peter Wolf
Midnight Souvenirs

Pm Today
In Medias Res

Poison
20 Years Of Rock Green Box

Putumayo Presents
Latin Party

Radio Dept, The
Heaven's On Fire

Ray Charles
Genius+Soul=Jazz / [2 Cd Deluxe 50Th Ann. Expanded Edition]

Red Sparowes
The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer

Richard Bona
The Ten Shades Of Blues

Secret & Whisper
Teenage Fantasy

Seltmann, Sally
Heart That's Pounding

Sexton, Martin
Sugarcoating

Siegbert Rampe (Harpsichord, Clavichord & Fortepiano)
Mozart, W.A.: Complete Clavierworks Vol. 11

Sinatra, Frank
Classic Sinatra Green Box

Sinbreed
When Worlds Collide

Slash
Slash

Smith, Elliott
From A Basement On The Hill

Smith, Elliott
Roman Candle

Sones De Mexico Ensemble
Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs

Sotti, Fabrizio
Inner Dance

Soundtrack
Fringe (Michael Giacchino)

Squeeze
Argybargy / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]

Stephen Sondheim
A Little Night Music

Stone, Joss
Colour Me Free

Svartsot
Mulmets Viser

Svartsot
Mulmets Viser (Ltd Ed Digipak)

Taylor, Floyd
All Of Me

The 5 Browns (Piano)
5 Browns, The: The 5 Browns In Hollywood

The Dø
A Mouthful

The Doors
When You're Strange (Songs From The Motion Picture)

The Slits
Cut / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]

Trae
Traebute

Trower, Robin
Twice Removed From Yesterday

Tunng
…And Then We Saw Land

Under Byen
Alt Er Tabt

Unleashed
As Yggdrasil Trembles

Upon A Burning Body
The World Is Ours

Various Artists
Industry Shakers Ii

Various Artists
214 Mixtape

Various Artists
Down South Slangin 59

Various Artists
Breathing Fire – Live In Jamaica

Various Artists
Tribute To Thin Lizzy, A

Various Artists
Shapes 10:01

Various Artists
Absolute Belter

Various Artists
Amalfi: Buon Viaggio Italiano

Various Artists
Capri: Buon Viaggio Italiano

Various Artists
Rock Biographies: Led Zeppelin

Various Artists
Rock Biographies: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Various Artists
Rock Biographies: Zz Top

Various Artists
Happily Ever After

Various Artists
The Golden Age Of American Comedy / [2 Cd]

Veil Of Maya
Id

Withers, Bill
#Name?

Woolfson, Eric
Poe: World Premiere Performance

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About Josh Hathaway

  • http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=463156 JC Mosquito

    I saw Julian Cope’s Peggy Suicide on the list – I remember being deeply into that album for about 3 months when it first came out – then I threw it away. It wasn’t that I got sick of it – something just ticked me off about it one day and that was the end. Never happened before or since. Go fig.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/josh-hathaway Josh Hathaway

    That’s funny, JC. I don’t know if I’ve ever thrown an album away but I’ve had the urge a time or two.

    I just got the remastered Roman Candle.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=463156 JC Mosquito

    When I was a kid, I had a friend whose house backed onto the park area of a seniors’ development. He threw 3 or 4 copies of Deep Purple’s Machine Head over the bushes (I always wondered what the old folks made if it) – and that’s because he was sick of it. Every few days someone would bring a copy of it over and say, “Let’s listen to Smoke On the Water!”

    Ah…… my childhood, remembered.