Another EXCLUSIVE Elliott Smith MP3!
Recently, word came from both the unreliable David McConnell (who worked with Elliott Smith during Elliott's most chaotic period while recording of From a Basement on the Hill) and then from the much more reliable Fritz Michaud (who was working with Elliott later on when Elliott was sober and focusing on the completion the album) that before his death, Elliott Smith had finished recording a song titled "From a Poisoned Well." An interesting title, considering the long-standing speculation that Quasi's song "The Poisoned Well" was about Elliott, as Elliott's friend and collaborator Sam Coomes sang on the song "I'm not trying to document my suicide/You won't live long/But you may write the perfect song/Please excuse those who choose to not play along."
Around the same time as this revelation about "From a Poisoned Well," Neil (who runs Elliott Smith live music resource www.SomeSongs.net) posted an MP3 of a song that Elliott performed live in 1997 called "First Timer." This is a song that had never turned up before, either as a studio recording or as part of any regularly circulated bootleg performance.
After a little behind-the-scenes investigation, our own Patrick C. Taylor made the discovery that "First Timer" is actually a very early version of "From a Poisoned Well" with lyrics that were later reworked. Charlie Ramirez (who runs the official Elliott Smith site www.sweetadeline.net) has since confirmed this.
For anyone curious, we have a treat for you. We have an EXCLUSIVE mix of Elliott's live performance of "First Timer" from 1997. The sound has been adjusted in an attempt to improve the quality from the version that SomeSong.net's Neil was so courteous to share with us. Special thanks to him!
Elliott Smith - First Timer (live)
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