Over the past few years out of print Elliott Smith vinyl has sold for well over $100 on ebay, sometimes over $200 so of course it was time for re-issues. In comes Plain Recordings. They’ve done a bunch of re-issues lately. Anyway, the first two Elliott Smith re-issues are XO and Figure 8. I was very excited about these, especially if you ordered them through Aural Exploits because they had the exclusive numbered color vinyl editions. I was able to snag the regular black versions of XO and Figure 8 and a limited version of XO. I was too late for the limited Figure 8 (don’t worry, I paid triple the original price and got one on ebay). So I started with XO. Why? Because it’s one record as opposed to Figure 8’s two records and I was going to be cooking dinner shortly and didn’t want to constantly change sides. So I start with the black vinyl version because while color is cooler we all know it doesn’t sound as good. So I dropped the needle on it and I have to admit I was a little disappointed. There was a lot of surface noise. I didn’t let it get me too down though because this record is awesome. I’ll keep you updated on Figure 8…