Unreleased Elliott Smith's 'Needle in the Hay' In CASH Music Compilation
CASH Music, a Portland-based nonprofit organization which offers tools to musicians for independently marketing their music, has revealed details about a new digital compilation that will only available to anyone who donated more than $10, once their Kickstarter campaign is over on March 9th.
Among the 58 and plus tracks, there will be an exclusive alternate version with vocals of Deerhunter’s Grayscale, debuts or exclusives from Throwing Muses, The Night Marchers, Zoë Keating, Hurry Up, Hungry Ghost, Brute Heart, rarities and live tracks from Andrew Bird, Marketa Irglova, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, The Cribs, and an unreleased version of Elliott Smith’s 'Needle in the Hay’ featuring trumpet by Eric Matthews.
‘Needle in the Hay’ is featured on Elliott Smith’s 1995 self-titled album, and according to Matthews, the song was first intended to be played with this trumpet addition:
‘The original version of ['Needle in the Hay'] was built up with drums, trumpets, a harmonica, and various percussion instruments. In the end Elliott decided to tear back down the arrangement and go for the more starkly acoustic version that we know today.’
Eric Matthews already covered the song on the tribute album ‘To: Elliott From: Portland’, and you can also hear a trumpet on this version as he explained:
‘In a tribute to the original version, I added new instrumental sections that produce a mournful and heavy quality that depicts the sad nature of what must have been Elliott 's life and inner mind. The music is pretty but underneath there is a grave solemnity. It is the best tribute to Elliott that I can pay’.
CASH Music is thanking Elliott Smith’s parents, Gary Smith and Bunny Welch, who very probably authorized the release of this original version, so before hearing it, let’s listen to Matthews’: