Treasure trove of live covers by Elliott Smith

    The blog The Rawking Refuses to Stop has been featuring thematic groupings of live covers by Elliott Smith all week. Monday was Beatles day, with Smith covering both the band’s and solo Lennon and Harrison material. Highlights include Smith with a full band doing “Something” and him solo acoustic handling “Long Long Long,” “Jealous Guy,” and “My Sweet Lord.” Tuesday was Kinks day. Does Smith cover “Waterloo Sunset?” Of course. Wednesday was Bob Dylan/Neil Young day, with can’t-be-missed covers of “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” and “Out on the Weekend.” And today is Big Star/Nico/country day, with Smith covering another of his live set staples, “Thirteen,” “These Days” and “Chelsea Girls,” as well as tunes by Hank Williams, Sr. and Willie Nelson. The site promises tomorrow’s covers will include songs by Zeppelin, Oasis, and Blue Oyster Cult.
    Needless to say, pretty essential listening for people who miss Smith as much as I do. My one caveat would be that some of the songs are marred by audience chattering. Reminds me of the first time I saw Smith in New Orleans, when drunken hipsters wouldn’t shut the fuck up, causing him to cut his set short and leave the stage in obvious frustration. Talk about not appreciating a precious resource while it’s still around.