What is the safest way to cancel a git annex add before the first commit?

Say I first added a directory with a lot of small files to the annex and then (while watching the endless list of checksum operations) decide I should actually put them in a tar file and annex that instead.

The problem seems to be that git annex add immediately replaces the files with symlinks instead of waiting for a commit, so I can't just git reset largedir/; tar cvfz largedir.tgz largedir/; git annex add largedir.tgz.