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Deserter's Songs: Instrumental

Deserter's Songs: Instrumental

Deserter's Songs: Instrumental

Deserter's Songs: Instrumental


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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: 06/14/2011
Label: Excelsior Melodies
UPC: 0881626942826
catalogNumber: 101
Rank: 73925


  1. Holes
  2. Tonite It Shows
  3. Endlessly
  4. I Collect Coins
  5. Opus 40
  6. Hudson Line
  7. The Happy End (The Drunk Room)
  8. Goddess on a Hiway
  9. The Funny Bird
  10. Pick Up If You're There
  11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp
  12. [Untitled]

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
Peter Katis   Engineer
Jacques Cohen   Engineer
Garrett James Uhlenbrock   Engineer
Marie Spinosa   Whistle
Amy Helm   Whistle

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