Today, August 6, would have marked the 50th birthday of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. To rejoice the event, UMe has launched new digital deluxe editions of the final two albums Smith launched in his lifetime: XO (1998) and Figure 8 (2000). Hear them under.
Seven tracks have been added to Figure 8. The digital deluxe version consists of “Figure 8”—Smith’s cowl of the the “Schoolhouse Rock!” song—which was initially launched solely on the Japanese edition of the album. The last monitor on the brand new Figure 8 version is Smith’s cover of the Beatles’ “Because,” initially featured on the 1999 American Beauty soundtrack.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2013 characteristic “Keep the Things You Forgot: An Elliott Smith Oral History.”