Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips

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Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips
EP by The Desert Sessions
Released September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
Recorded June 23–26, 1998 at Monkey Studios, Palm Springs, California
Genre Desert rock, stoner rock, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 15:17
Label Man's Ruin
Producer Josh Homme
The Desert Sessions chronology
Volume 3: Set Coordinates for the White Dwarf!!!
(1998)
Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips
(1998)
Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShithead
ByTheSheSore)

(1999)

Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips is the fourth extended play (EP) by American desert rock collective The Desert Sessions. Recorded in June 1998 at Monkey Studios, it was released by Man's Ruin Records on September 22, 1998.[1] The album features twelve credited musicians, including Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Mario Lalli.[2][3][4][5] It was later re-released with Volume 3: Set Coordinates for the White Dwarf!!! as Volumes 3 & 4.[6]

Recording and release[edit]

The fourth Desert Sessions EP was recorded in sessions between June 23 and 26, 1998 at Monkey Studios in Palm Springs, California. The sessions were produced by Josh Homme, engineered and mixed by Homme and Steve Feldman, and featured a total of twelve credited musicians: Homme (drums, guitars and vocals), Larry Lalli, Craig Armstrong (both bass), Boomer (guitars and keyboards), Alfredo Hernández, Tony Tornay (both drums), Loo Balls, Chris Goss (both vocals), Jesse Hughes (guitars), T. Fresh (turntables), Nick Oliveri and Mario Lalli (both guitar and vocals).[2][3][4][5]

Volume 4 was initially released alone on vinyl by Man's Ruin Records on September 22, 1998.[1] It later received a re-release with its predecessor, Volume 3: Set Coordinates for the White Dwarf!!!, on CD on October 27, 1998 as Volumes 3 & 4.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Music website AllMusic awarded Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips three and a half out of five stars.[1] Writer Ned Raggett said the following in his review of the album: "it's furry classic FM/bonghit-inspired action as usual on tracks like "Monster in the Parasol" and "Hogleg," plus the intentionally stupid punk-thrash "Jr. High Love"."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Artist Length
1. "The Gosso King of Crater Lake"   Eagles of Death Metal 2:58
2. "Monster in the Parasol"   The Green Monarchs 3:42
3. "Jr. High Love"   The Green Monarchs 3:24
Side B
No. Title Artist Length
4. "Eccentric Man"   The Green Monarchs 4:19
5. "Hogleg"   Eagles of Death Metal 2:37

Personnel[edit]

Personnel credits adapted from album liner notes.[2][3][4][5]

Musicians
  • Josh Homme – drums (tracks 1 and 5), guitars (tracks 2 and 4), backing vocals (tracks 3 and 4), vocals (track 2)
  • Larry Lalli – bass (tracks 2, 3 and 4)
  • Boomer – guitars (tracks 2 and 3), keyboards (track 2)
  • Alfredo Hernández – drums (tracks 2 and 4)
  • Loo Balls – vocals (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Jesse Hughes – guitars (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Craig Armstrong – bass (tracks 1 and 5)
  • T. Fresh – turntables (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Chris Goss – vocals (track 2)
  • Nick Oliveri – guitar and vocals (track 3)
  • Tony Tornay – drums (track 3)
  • Mario Lalli – guitar and vocals (track 4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Desert Sessions, Vol. 4: Hard Walls & Little Trips". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips (Media notes). The Desert Sessions. Man's Ruin Records. 1998. 
  3. ^ a b c Volumes 3 & 4 (Media notes). The Desert Sessions. Man's Ruin Records. 1998. 
  4. ^ a b c "Desert Sessions, The - Vol IV / Hard Walls And Little Trips (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Desert Sessions, The - Vol III/IV (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Desert Sessions, Vols. 3 & 4". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014.