Deserter's Songs: Instrumental

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Deserter's Songs: Instrumental is basically for anyone who felt like they couldn't get enough of a good thing. While the original album was remixed, remastered, and otherwise fooled with to fine effect, it appears that this this set -- which mirrors the original song for song -- is literally the same recording sans the voices. Deserter's Songs was the album on which Mercury Rev lost its trademark, mischievous, and occasionally anarchic sense of humor, and became more ambitious musically. They focused less on adventurous -- if sometimes unprofessionally performed -- music and more on a traditional symphonic pop framework and Dave Fridmann's growing studio prowess, which one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Deserter's Songs: Instrumental is basically for anyone who felt like they couldn't get enough of a good thing. While the original album was remixed, remastered, and otherwise fooled with to fine effect, it appears that this this set -- which mirrors the original song for song -- is literally the same recording sans the voices. Deserter's Songs was the album on which Mercury Rev lost its trademark, mischievous, and occasionally anarchic sense of humor, and became more ambitious musically. They focused less on adventurous -- if sometimes unprofessionally performed -- music and more on a traditional symphonic pop framework and Dave Fridmann's growing studio prowess, which one can hear without the interruption of the human voice, his Theremin and Mellotron, Suzanne Thorpe's flute, Jonathan Donahue's chamberlain strings, guest Rachel Handman's violins, as well as brass, vibraphones, and Grasshopper's woodwinds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Excelsior Melodies
  • UPC: 881626942826
  • Catalog Number: 101
  • Sales rank: 136,452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holes (5:55)
  2. 2 Tonite It Shows (3:39)
  3. 3 Endlessly (4:24)
  4. 4 I Collect Coins (1:27)
  5. 5 Opus 40 (5:25)
  6. 6 Hudson Line (3:02)
  7. 7 The Happy End (The Drunk Room) (2:06)
  8. 8 Goddess on a Hiway (3:43)
  9. 9 The Funny Bird (6:08)
  10. 10 Pick Up If You're There (3:04)
  11. 11 Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp (4:39)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mercury Rev Primary Artist
Jim Burgess Trombone
Dave Fridmann Bass, Piano, Mellotron
Levon Helm Drums
Garth Hudson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Hurwitz Piano
Scott Petito Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Suzanne Thorpe Flute
Jeff Mercel Drums
Garrett James Uhlenbrock Slide Guitar
Marie Spinosa Vocals
Adam Snyder Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Rachel Handman Violin
Amy Helm Vocals
Mary Gavazzi Fridmann Soprano
Matt Jordan Flugelhorn
Jimy Chambers Drums, Harpsichord, Clavinet
Joel Eckhouse Bowed Saw
Technical Credits
Dave Fridmann Engineer
Aaron Hurwitz Engineer
Scott Petito Mastering
Peter Katis Engineer
Jacques Cohen Engineer
Garrett James Uhlenbrock Engineer
Marie Spinosa Whistle
Amy Helm Whistle
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