Elliott Smith’s longtime friend Larry Crane has been finding out just how obsessed certain fans of the singer are during the buildup to a set of reissues due out next month. Crane supervised the reissues, and has already come under criticism for his work on various Internet message boards, even though no one has actually heard his work yet.
"My first thought was, 'Am I doing the right thing?'" Crane said in an interview with Spinner. "I said to my girlfriend, 'My God, should I be doing this?' She said, 'Are you making it sound better?' I said, 'I guess'. She said, 'How can that be wrong?' I'm getting [bashed] on message-boards for something nobody's heard. Some people are like, 'Oh my God, how can you do that?' I'm not smashing it and flatlining it like a Metallica record."
The album that has caused most consternation is Roman Candle, Smith’s first solo album. "He used really cheap mics on the record," Crane said. "Some sounds are really jarring. I was very timid at first, but the more I listened and altered the volume on those squeaks a tiny bit, the guitar playing just became more clear. I know it's going to sound different to some people, but I cannot imagine that they'd have a problem with what we've done."
[via The Guardian]