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Hear a Previously Unreleased Track from Elliott Smith’s ‘Either/Or: Expanded Edition’

Listen to 'I Figured You Out,' recorded by Smith in 1995

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Kill Rock Stars is planning an expanded edition of Elliott Smith’s Either/Or to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark album (as Stereogum points out). The second disc of Either/Or: Expanded Edition features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side. Among those tracks is the previously unreleased studio version of the song ‘I Figured You Out’ (listen below).

This version of ‘I Figured You Out’ was recorded as a demo for Mary Lou Lord, who later recorded a version of the song for her Martian Saints EP. Smith was dismissive of the song and once called it “a stupid pop song I wrote in about a minute.”

Smith’s former Heatmiser bandmate Neil Gust plays doubled drums on ‘I Figured You Out,’ which was recorded by Smith at Heatmiser House in 1995. The track was mixed by Larry Crane in May 2010, at Jackpot! Recording Studio.

Read the New York Times interview with Elliott Smith archivist Larry Crane.

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