Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Re-Mastered: Elliott Smith, Roman Candle

There's an announcement today on the Domino UK site that they will be releasing a re-mastered version of Elliott Smith's first solo album, Roman Candle.

From the post:

Roman Candle
has been re-mastered for the re-release by Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott's family, and Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

Larry explains, “The intention that I had was to make the album more listenable. I felt that a lot of the guitar “squeaks” were jarring and very loud, and that many of the hard consonants and “S” sounds were jarring and scratchy sounding. I felt by reducing these noises that the music would become more inviting and the sound would serve the songs better. When I went to Roger Seibel's SAE Mastering, he proceeded to equalize the tracks a small amount and to make the volume slightly louder. We never tried to make this CD as loud as current, over-limited trends, but just to match the volume of the rest of Elliott’s KRS catalog in a graceful way. Please note that none of this album is “remixed” from the master tapes - it is still composed of the mixes Elliott created himself."

The re-mastered Roman Candle will be released on April 5th in the UK and will most assuredly be available in the U.S. as an import. You can pre-order it here.

UPDATE: Turns out this is old news and Kill Rock Stars will be releasing this domestically, as well as From A Basement on the Hill (originally released on Anti-).

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