Kill Rock Stars to Release 'An Introduction to... Elliott Smith"

Don't call it a "greatest hits." On November 2nd, Kill Rock Stars and Domino Records will release a compendium of 14 Elliott Smith songs from across his seven albums all on one release entitled "An Introduction to... Elliot Smith"

The album is essentially a beginner's guide to Smith, offering up on CD and 180 gram vinyl what could be considered singles from across Smith's career. It borrows heavily Smith's Domino/Kill Rock Star's releases, mostly Either/Or, and only includes two songs (you can guess which ones) from his Dreamworks releases. Kill Rock Stars recently reissued Roman Candle and From a Basement on the Hill this year, putting all but Smith's major label releases under their their watch.

It feels cheap to call this a greatest hits album, so instead, let's call it a mixtape. It's like that one mix you got from that girl or guy you liked, which then acted as a musical guidepost during that era when you were discovering why good music matters. This album seems to be an educational tool or an artifact.

Somebody call the Library of Congress.

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Fill tracklisting and a free download of "Between The Bars" after the jump.

"Between The Bars" - Elliott Smith, Either/Or

1 Ballad of Big Nothing - from Either/Or

2. Waltz #2 - from XO

3. Pictures of Me - from Either/Or

4. The Biggest Lie - from Elliott Smith

5. Alameda - from Either/Or

6. Between The Bars - from Either/Or

7. Needle In The Hay - from Elliott Smith

8. Last Call - from Roman Candle

9. Angles - from Either/Or

10. Twilight - from From a Basement on the Hill

11.Pretty (Ugly Before) - from From a Basement on the Hill

12. Angel In the Snow - from New Moon

13. Miss Misery (early version) - from New Moon

14. Happiness (single version) - from Figure 8

Any other Smith songs you would have liked to see on here? Let us know in the comments.

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