Roman Candle

Cavity Search Records
Release date
14 Jul 1995
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Roman Candle 3:36 97,345
2 Condor Ave. 3:34 69,860
3 No Name #1 3:02 94,865
4 No Name #2 3:34 85,961
5 No Name #3 3:12 98,942
6 Drive All Over Town 2:36 84,656
7 No Name #4 2:29 82,022
8 Last Call 4:37 95,457
9 Kiwi Maddog 20/20 3:40 76,265

About this album

Roman Candle was Elliott Smith’s debut album as a solo artist, even though he was still a singer and guitarist for the band Heatmiser. The album has a raw, homemade sound (see Lo-fi music), with Smith playing each instrument and recording it on his four-track recorder. Kid Tulsa (Pete Krebs) played snare and cymbal on tracks “No Name #1” and “Kiwi Maddog 20/20”. According to the Elliott Smith biography, Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing, Elliott recorded the album in the basement of the home of then-girlfriend and Heatmiser manager J.J. Gonson. The album was never intended for release, as Smith only expected to get a deal for a seven-inch record, however, after Gonson played the album for Cavity Search Records, they immediately requested permission to release it in its entirety. Smith at first hesitated, and then allowed permission. On April 6, 2010, Roman Candle (remastered by Larry Crane) was re-released by Kill Rock Stars, now with a US vinyl version.

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  • mordwyr

    I'm interrupting my alphabetical-album-order music odyssey to go back and listen to this today. Today is the 20th anniversary of Roman Candle's release. Nothing short of a masterpiece!

    13 Jul 11:23pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    I can't think of a single Elliott Smith track I dislike.

    19 Jun 12:42am Reply
  • mordwyr

    early elliott=later elliott=all <3

    14 Jun 7:52am Reply
  • JTraill

    early elliott>later elliott

    21 Apr 9:51pm Reply
  • cmon_chemicals

    oh my god wow. i-holy...

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I love the raw sound of this album. Quite possibly my favorite Elliott Smith album.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • captainyodel

    this is such a magnificent album

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mike_716

    this album brings me back to a really really horrible time in my life... but i still love it.

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Malo104

    I love this album. When I put it on I just let it play from beginning to end. Every second of it is so personal and so achingly true.

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dandelion___

    This album is so awesome and I love it so much that I can barely listen to the rest of his stuff. Not that I think the other albums are bad, is just that every time anything by Elliott starts playing I immediately remember of this and just need to listen to it. Something about this album make it sounds so magical.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Gooch_

    what an inspiration.been playing his songs on guitar for the last couple of months almost every day.

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TheMusicalVito

    I don't know why anybody would want to take away the magic of the lo-fi production by remastering it.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • rosaelefant

    anyone else feeling that the re-mastering is completly shit? i mean, you can hear flaws in the mixing all the time

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
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    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • dominik1291

    Amazing album ;)!

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • acousticguitar1

    does anyone know where the picture on the front of this album was taken? i'm just curious. message me about it

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • marqoogomes

    Kiwi Maddog 20/20 it's just magical ! :)

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Mango90

    just read an articel about this record in the daily newspaper

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • placebo_molko

    no name # 1, 2 and 3 are wonderful. And the rest is quite good too. Kiwi maddog 20/20.. great closer

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • CJMlovesyou

    no fucking songs what bullshit fuck

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
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