Fans of tragic singer/songwriter Elliott Smith are furious about plans to release a remastered version of his debut album ROMAN CANDLE.
Smith's friend Larry Crane has announced plans to release the album next month (Apr10), seven years after the star committed suicide, but the move has angered died-hard devotees, who fear the remastering will tarnish the reputation of Smith's lo-tech debut.
Crane tells Spinner.com, "I'm getting pretty much bashed around there 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. My first thought was: 'Am I doing the right thing?' 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?'"