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To Elliott from Portland

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  • Audio CD (17 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Expunged
  • ASIN: B000E1MY86
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. ClementineThe Decemberists 4:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. SatelliteThe Helio Sequence 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Biggest LieDolorean 3:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ballad of Big NothingThe Thermals 2:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Didn't UnderstandSwords 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rose ParadeSexton Blake 4:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Between the BarsAmelia 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Needle in the HayEric Matthews 4:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Division DayWe Are Telephone 3:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. AngelesCrosstide 2:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wouldn't Mama Be ProudJeff Trott 4:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Speed TrialsKnock - Knock 4:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. King's CrossingTo Live And Die In L.A. 3:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. HappinessLifesavas 3:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. High TimesSean Croghan 4:170.69  Buy MP3 

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Simpson on 24 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
...a beautiful cover of "The Biggest Lie" which I prefer even to the original. Although most of the bands here are not that well known outside the Portland area - The Decemberists probably being the biggest name - these are generally great covers of Elliott's songs. Of course, they had a good start with the material, but this is very worthwhile....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Tribute is a true gem 13 Mar 2006
By Michael D. Monahan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tribute albums tend to fail their intended audience time and again, mainly because the audience they target are purist fans of the original work. More often than not, these fans view any reworking of the material as a form of sacrilege. Sadly, this is already the case for what is in reality, an outstanding tribute to Elliott Smith, "To:Elliott/From:Portland." Reading the message boards on various Smith fan sites, it doesn't take long to see that this release is loathed by his fan base. The crux of their collective wrath seems to be aimed at the non-sparse production, the reverse of which was a Smith trademark. Unfortunately, they are missing the real worth of this CD - that he was a remarkable songwriter, and given that fact, even relatively unknown artists (all of the bands on this disc are from his hometown of Portland) have a hard time sounding bad when given such a great song to work with. The CD kicks off with the best known band of the bunch, The Decemberists, and their cover of Clementine, and it's performed

almost as sparse as Elliott's original - acoustic guitar, harmonica, and the sound of a crackling fire in the background. The fire is a great effect - and reminds me how few of today's songs would actually sound so good at night in the woods with the smell of burning brush and branch permeating the air. From there, the production gets more lavish as each of the artists takes on the task of honoring his work. In spite of this, these artists do a fantastic job with Smith's material - and for people who were not a part of the near lunatic fanaticism that made up Smith's fan base while he was alive, I think they will be drawn even closer to his original work. Much like one of Elliott's biggest inspirations, The Beatles, a great song still sounds like a great song - even if performed by a guy at the corner pub. Unless you live in Portland, you won't know many (if any) of these artists, with the exception of the Decemberists and Eric Matthews - but please don't let that stop you from discovering this fine CD.

You'll thank yourself later for owning it.

Michael Monahan
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
best Elliott tribute CD 13 Dec 2007
By Shawn Maloney - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A great tribute arranges the music to their own style, as if it is their own original. This CD does that. If you know these bands you could see that clearly. Good song selection. Great job.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The songwriting shines... 23 Mar 2006
By barbalib - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am a little hesitant about Elliott Smith tribute albums because, obviously, I love Elliott Smith's music and would hate to hear someone butcher it. I decided to go for this album since I'd read a couple of positive reviews and because some money would go to charity. I'm glad I decided to try it! Some of the versions on this album are quite different than the originals, which turns out to be a good thing. I knew Elliott Smith had a rare gift for songwriting, but hearing his songs performed by someone else only highlighted the strength of the songs. The performances on this album all allow the songs themselves to really shine. It's not Elliott, but I would recommend this album for anyone who wants to revisit the songs from a new perspective.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
excellent tribute to Elliott Smith 25 Dec 2006
By N. B. Zeev - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Being a really big fan of Elliott Smith, I really liked this compliation. You can feel that the artists here actually love Elliotts and enjoy giving their own interpratation to his work.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Touching 24 May 2006
By Dynamo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Before I even put the CD in my player, I read the dedications on the inside cover and those alone made my heart ache. I think anyone who is a fan of Elliott has a story of their own to tell about his music; and the small bits of input from the bands and the "hidden" dedication under the CD make a beautiful little introduction to this album.

The CD itself is outstanding, the artists that contributed to this collaberation did a phenomenal job bringing their own style to some of (in my opinon) the best of Elliott's music while staying true to the original sound and feel of the songs. This is deffinately one of the most fantastic tributes to any musician I have ever heard and I highly recommend it.
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