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Elliott Smith was born Steven Paul Smith in Omaha, Nebraska on August 6, 1969. His father Gary Smith was in medical school at the University of Nebraska, and his mother Bunny was an elementary school teacher. When Elliott was one year old his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Dallas, Texas. That same year, his father was drafted, assigned to the U.S. Air Force, and sent to the ... Read more in Amazon's Elliott Smith Store

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  • Vinyl (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0002HV6CM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ELLIOTT SMITH From A Basement On The Hill (2004 UK 15-track 2-LP vinyl set the release of this album coincides with the first anniversary of Elliotts death and retains something of the grand sound of his acclaimed Figure 8 and XO recordsand combines it with the intimacy of his first two albums presented in a gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only light wear and the vinyl has a few light scuffs but is otherwise excellent WIGLP147)

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There's always a stigma attached to posthumous albums; witness the releases of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, even Jimi Hendrix and see the formula repeat-most releases are of a standard far below the artist's established catalogue, but are lapped up eagerly by the devoted. The posthumous release of From a Basement on a Hill from Elliott Smith, a man so often on the cusp of commercial acceptance, means that this album, regardless of its quality, will always tagged his 'death disc'. The injustice is that it is without doubt the most enjoyable album that Smith ever produced. Sounding as potent as ever with his trademark sound (imagine George Harrison permanently fronting The Beatles, but with power chords), the opening rock 'n' roll crunch of "Coast To Coast" sets out the blueprint for this excellent album, taking in acoustic delicacy and squalling guitars in equal measure, offering only an ambiguous hint of his passing on "A Fond Farewell", but flooring the listener with its sheer brilliance. The collision of chaos and melodic beauty puts this album in the five-star bracket and should be heard by all rock-music fans; it's just a shame Elliot Smith isn't around to enjoy the acclaim. --Thom Allott

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Bird on 18 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As other reviewers have pointed out, it's easy to overpraise posthumous albums of the sadly departed, partly out of grief and canonisation. Not so in this case.
Having been a huge fan of Elliott Smith since hearing his songs on Good Will Hunting, it's hard to be objective whilst reviewing his swansong in the context of his untimely passing. I'm certainly getting the impression that it's his best work yet. Even more tragic.
The quality and passion of his songwriting remains, as ever, exceptionally high. His ear for a strong melody and interesting chord progressions elevated him way above his contemporaries, though on this release, he seems to have surpassed even his own peaks. A special mention must also be made for his lyrics, which are poetic, evocative and achingly heartfelt.
There's a rawness and emotional snappiness to this album which draws you in immediately on a trip into a troubled and extremely gifted mind. Reference points for comparisons would be The Beatles, Paul Simon, Big Star, Neil Young and Nick Drake. Though Smith paints a beautiful soundscape all of his own on this brilliant album.
Forget my rambling, if you've got a pair of ears and enjoy good music, buy this album with confidence and celebrate the work of an artist who deserves to be greatly missed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ThommyV on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, this album contains possibly the best song ever written. This song being "twilight". Other stand out tracks include "coast to coast", "Last hour" and "lets get lost".
Elliot Smith was a fantastic talent and is a massive loss to the music business. He hasn't made one poor album and this, though not his best, is his final stamp on all things beautiful and twisted. If you're not too sure about buying an elliott smith album you should listen to key tracks first. i promise you will feel you NEED every album after listening to "needle in the hay" "coming up roses" "clementine" "rose parade" "miss misery" and the fore mentioned songs. this'll learn ya!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Macphee VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2004
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Released from his contract with Dreamworks 'From a Basement...' allows Smith to indulge in his more experimental whims. Whereas 'Figure 8' was suffocated slightly by pressure of commercial success "From a Basement...' cuts loose and is sometimes a sprawling affair, far removed from what Smith has done to date. In fact, this is Smith's heaviest album by some margin. The first track 'Coast to Coast' begins with a ghostly orchestra before rocking into what sounds like a lost Heatmiser song. The heaviest number is without doubt 'Strung Out Again' which starts out with Smith's trademark intricate chord progressions and erupt into an amazing chorus with dischordant guitar work that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood would be proud of.
The majority of the album is electrified but fans of Smith's more gentle side will not be disappointed either with 'Twilight', 'Last Hour', 'Memory Lane' and the beautiful, heartbreaking 'Little One' being some of Elliott's best.
At times Elliott's lyrical honestly becomes almost unbearable, detailing his addictions and time in hospital. His most brutal song, 'Memory Lane' is set to a jaunty fingerpicked guitar and features the lyrics: "Uncomfortable apart, it's all written on my chart, that i take what's given to me, most cooperatively, i do what people say and lie in bed all day, absolutely horrified, i hope you're satisfied".
The only gripe would be that the Disney-esque bird noises of 'Ostriches & Chirping' is credited as a 'song' but is only an intro to 'Twilight'. Having recorded over 30 songs for this album surely the two could have been merged as one and another song could have been included.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. B. Burt on 29 Nov. 2004
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An essential purchase, as all of the other reviewers have stated. Not easy listening at times (but Elliott never was!), but an infectious, broody and contemplative masterpiece that is definitely my album of the year, and would certainly be one of my desert island discs. My words could never describe this album, but I urge you to let the words and music do that for you - this is one of the most 'real' records I have ever had the privelege to hear, with elements of Neil Young's 'On The Beach' or 'Tonights The Night', The Beatles, The Beach Boys, echoes of The Smiths, and yet a unique take all of its own. Such a sad loss for music - RIP Elliott. 5 Stars, without a shadow of a doubt.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Macphee VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2004
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Released from his contract with Dreamworks 'From a Basement...' allows Smith to indulge in his more experimental whims. Whereas 'Figure 8' was suffocated slightly by pressure of commercial success "From a Basement...' cuts loose and is sometimes a sprawling affair, far removed from what Smith has done to date. In fact, this is Smith's heaviest album by some margin. The first track 'Coast to Coast' begins with a ghostly orchestra before rocking into what sounds like a lost Heatmiser song. The heaviest number is without doubt 'Strung Out Again' which starts out with Smith's trademark intricate chord progressions and erupt into an amazing chorus with dischordant guitar work that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood would be proud of.
At times Elliott's lyrical honestly becomes almost too hard to listen to, detailing his addictions and time in hospital. His most brutal song, 'Memory Lane' is set to a jaunty fingerpicked guitar and features the lyrics: "Uncomfortable apart, it's all written on my chart, that i take what's given to me, most cooperatively, i do what people say and lie in bed all day, absolutely horrified, i hope you're satisfied".
The only gripe would be that the Disney-esque bird noises of 'Ostriches & Chirping' is credited as a 'song' but is really an intro to 'Twilight'. Having recorded over 30 songs for this album surely the two could have been merged as one and another song could have been included.
Elliott's songwriting has often been compared (quite rightly) to the Beatles and this album definitely draws comparisons with 'The White Album' because of it's scope of creativity. But, unlike the Beatles' effort, EVERYONE will fall in love with this record.
Elliott has, yet again, raised the bar for songwriting brilliance.
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