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  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Excelsior Melodies
  • ASIN: B004XIQJQ4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Highway 9. The Funny Bird 10. Pick Up If You're There 11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp 12. Underture

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Deserter's Songs has been remixed and remastered in a special Instrumental Edition, accentuating the orchestral cosmic-fantasia of this epic space-rock americana classic in full 3D cinematic scope! Long-time friend (and original bass player) Dave Fridmann has created instrumental mixes of all of the tracks excluding 'Goddess On A HiWay' which has been instrumentally mixed by Peter Katis. Incorporating elements of folk, jazz, '60s and '70s rock, and even Disney soundtrack fantasia, these sweeping orchestrations heralded Mercury Rev's rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook. A paradoxical, unconventional record, Deserter's Songs turned heads and ended up an unexpected, worldwide hit. In 1998, the album was named Album of the Year by NME, MOJO and many other publications. More recently, Deserter's Songs made Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990's list.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dasfindichgut on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This record whithout the singing sounds like another record - but it's Mercury Rev! I'm deeply impressed of it. Some might say "kitsch" but its okay. It sounds really good. Best is the 1st track "Holes" - which you would like to hear as a 20 minutes or longer endlesmix - and the one with the "singing saw". The instrumental version has an additional 12th track. Strongly recommendable!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For serious collectors only 23 Jun. 2011
By Mr. Scary - Published on Amazon.com
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The official remaster of Deserter's Songs is AWESOME. Even if you already own the record the re-mastering job is good enough to warrant a new purchase. However I wish this was included as bonus tracks and not a full priced release.

This is the album without vocals. Not remixed, nor re-balanced. Just the album minus vocals. I get the idea of why they would do this, as there are so many beautiful things happening on this record. But they also did a lot of panning and balancing of the instrumental tracks to fit around the vocals. With the vocals gone these elements should have been re-balanced to stand on its own as an instrumental release. As they are charging full price this seems completely reasonable. It is a shame, as the opportunity to hear all of the amazing orchestrations on songs like "Opus 40" and "Tonite it Shows" are such a treat.
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