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Thread started 03/28/18 9:23am

lonelyalien

Any fellow Elliott Smith fans on here?

I love elliott smith the first song I heard of his was after he'd already died called lets get lost I thought wow this guy writes great melodies and he is such a genius with lyrics I own nearly all his stuff now and any guy that can make beck brake down had to be a talent.

I'm just like everybody else I need love.....and water.
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Reply #1 posted 04/02/18 8:15pm

gandorb

lonelyalien said:

I love elliott smith the first song I heard of his was after he'd already died called lets get lost I thought wow this guy writes great melodies and he is such a genius with lyrics I own nearly all his stuff now and any guy that can make beck brake down had to be a talent.



Yes, I've been a fan ever since I heard him on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. I was really saddened and upset by his death, and have mostly stayed away from his music since then. Your thread has motivated me to play his music again.
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Reply #2 posted 04/03/18 7:48am

lonelyalien

gandorb said:

lonelyalien said:

I love elliott smith the first song I heard of his was after he'd already died called lets get lost I thought wow this guy writes great melodies and he is such a genius with lyrics I own nearly all his stuff now and any guy that can make beck brake down had to be a talent.

Yes, I've been a fan ever since I heard him on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. I was really saddened and upset by his death, and have mostly stayed away from his music since then. Your thread has motivated me to play his music again.

cool you wont be dissapointed it is sad what happened to him but he was a troubled addict.

I'm just like everybody else I need love.....and water.
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Reply #3 posted 04/03/18 7:51am

Identity

I would bring Figure 8 with me to a desert island.

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Reply #4 posted 04/04/18 10:09am

lonelyalien

cool great album I prefer either or and from a basement on a hil personally.

Identity said:

I would bring Figure 8 with me to a desert island.

I'm just like everybody else I need love.....and water.
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Reply #5 posted 04/08/18 7:04am

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I like how he recorded his vocals and how he has these raw emotional acoustic songs. I was sad when he died. He wrote some great songs. "Independence Day" is possibly my favorite.

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Reply #6 posted 04/08/18 3:08pm

Dasein

Identity said:

I would bring Figure 8 with me to a desert island.


Agreed. And, Elliott Smith occupies space in my list of favorite pop songwriters:

Paul McCartney
Stevie Wonder
Prince
Van Hunt
Elliott Smith

My favorite Elliott Smith songs:

"Everything Reminds Me of Her"
"Stupidity Tries"
"Happiness"
"Shooting Star"
"St. Ides Heaven"
"Waltz 2 (XO)"
"Can't Make a Sound"


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Reply #7 posted 04/08/18 3:15pm

Dasein

SuperFurryAnimal said:

I like how he recorded his vocals and how he has these raw emotional acoustic songs. I was sad when he died. He wrote some great songs. "Independence Day" is possibly my favorite.


He's definitely an influence on me vocally. I like singing R&B but I don't have that muscular
or elastic voice we normally associate with modern R&B singing so I usually produce my vocals
the way Smith did: double-tracked (two discrete takes) with reverb and/or delay or double
tracked (one take but one pushed forward slightly) with reverb and/or delay.

I believe that is a recording technique he picked up from the Beatles.

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Reply #8 posted 04/08/18 3:16pm

Dasein

Fuck, I forgot to include:

"I Better Be Quiet Now"

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Reply #9 posted 04/08/18 3:18pm

Dasein



It is fucking obscene how talented this guy was. What a loss.

I'm tearing up right now. I hope he found peace.


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Reply #10 posted 04/08/18 3:35pm

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Elliott used an older microphone often that is hard to come by Langevin CR3A. They go for a bit now. I believe he recorded with a few different microphone same time at different levels at time as well. I would guess he used a Small Clone at time on guitar, that is a pedal I would recommend to any guitar player.
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Reply #11 posted 04/08/18 4:14pm

lonelyalien

I remember reading so many times no one could figure out how he recorded double tracked vocals perfectly in sync he was super talented.

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Reply #12 posted 04/09/18 4:56am

Dasein

lonelyalien said:

I remember reading so many times no one could figure out how he recorded double tracked vocals perfectly in sync he was super talented.


Well, if he recorded one vocal take and another discrete take perfectly, you wouldn't be able
to tell because it would sound like one take. What he most likely did was record one vocal take
and another one that was along the same lines. I do it all the time; Lennon popularized it be-
cause he was not a belter like McCartney so he would thicken his vocal tracks by doubling them.
Smith did the same. The reason why Smith's vocal production is so cool is because the quality
of his voice was unique and fit in nicely with his complex piano/guitar arrangements.

Smith is not a great singer: if you listen to him live without the aid of a studio, you'll hear what is
a pretty thin voice. But, in the studio, you can compensate for that. He was a really, really talented
musician who worked very hard. Yet, there is no mystery in how and why he double-tracked his
voice . . .

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