Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShitheadByTheSheSore)

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Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShitheadByTheSheSore)
EP by The Desert Sessions
Released July 21, 1999 (1999-07-21)
Recorded March 11–14, 1999 at Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, California
Genre Desert rock, stoner rock, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 17:16
Label Man's Ruin
The Desert Sessions chronology
Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips
Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShithead

Volume 6: Black Anvil Ego

Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShitheadByTheSheSore) is the fifth extended play (EP) by American desert rock collective The Desert Sessions. Recorded in March 1999 at Rancho De La Luna, it was released by Man's Ruin Records on July 21, 1998. The album features eleven credited musicians, including Josh Homme, Dave Catching and Gene Trautmann.[1][2][3][4] It was later re-released with Volume 6: Black Anvil Ego as Volumes 5 & 6.[5]

Recording and release[edit]

The fifth Desert Sessions EP was recorded in sessions between March 11 and 14, 1999 at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, a studio founded by Fred Drake and Dave Catching.[1][2][3][4] The tracks on Volume 5 were engineered by Steve Feldman, with Tony Mason assisting, and features a total of eleven credited musicians: Josh Homme (bass, guitar and keyboards), Catching (guitars and piano), Blag Jesus, Mario Lalli, Nick Oliveri (all vocals), Gene Trautmann, Brant Bjork, Drake, Adam Maples, Mathias Schneeberger (all drums) and Mason (guitar and bass).[1][2][3][4] Homme mixed the album, and it was mastered by Dave Schultz at DigiPrep in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3][4]

Volume 5 was initially released alone on vinyl by Man's Ruin Records on July 21, 1999. It later received a re-release with its follow-up, Volume 6: Black Anvil Ego, on CD on September 14, 1999 as Volumes 5 & 6.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]

Music website AllMusic awarded Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (SeaShedShitheadByTheSheSore) three out of five stars.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire"   2:54
2. "Letters to Mommy"   3:43
3. "I'm Dead"   1:38
Side B
No. Title Length
4. "Punk Rock Caveman Living in a Prehistoric Age"   3:28
5. "Goin to a Hangin"   5:33


Personnel credits adapted from album liner notes.[1][2][3][4]

Additional personnel
  • Steve Feldman – engineering
  • Dave Schultz – mastering