Volumes 7 & 8

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This article is about Desert Sessions compilation. For things called Volume 7, see Volume Seven (disambiguation). For things called Volume 8, see Volume Eight (disambiguation).
Desert Sessions, Volumes 7 & 8
Compilation album by The Desert Sessions
Released October 16, 2001
Recorded ? at Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree, CA
Genre Desert rock
Length 39:25
Label Southern Lord (SUNN12), Rekords Rekords
The Desert Sessions chronology
Desert Sessions, Vols. 5 & 6
Desert Sessions, Vols. 7 & 8
Desert Sessions, Vols. 9 & 10
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Volumes 7 & 8 is a compilation of the seventh and eighth releases from The Desert Sessions. The seventh volume is titled Gypsy Marches, and the eighth Can You See Under My Thumb? There You Are.. The album features appearances from Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider, Chris Goss, Brendon McNichol, Fred Drake, Nick Eldorado, and Joshua Homme.

Queens of the Stone Age re-recorded "Hanging Tree" for their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Drink Poison" – 5:02
  2. "Hanging Tree" – 3:13
  3. "Winners" – 1:06
  4. "Polly Wants a Crack Rock" – 2:29
  5. "Up in Hell" – 4:46
  6. "Nenada" – 3:10
  7. "The Idiots Guide" – 3:04
  8. "Interpretive Reading" – 1:36
  9. "Covousier" – 1:50
  10. "Cold Sore Superstars" – 3:24
  11. "Making a Cross" – 5:31
  12. "Ending" – 1:29
  13. "Piano Bench Breaks" – 2:45


The track "Interpretive Reading" is a mostly verbatim excerpt of the children's book A Ghost Named Fred. The reading is set to a background of musical improvocation and a chorus from Indio High School singing their school's alma mater song.

The main riff in the track "Cold Sore Superstars" was used in the song "No One Knows" on Queens of the Stone Age's 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. "Polly Wants a Crack Rock" is a precursor to the Eagles of Death Metal song "I Only Want You".

In the song "Winners" the names were those of real Indio High School students who were winners of a science fair in the 1960s. Many of these students were from the Class of 1965.

The tracks "Ending" and "Piano Bench Breaks" were not present the vinyl versions. "Piano Bench Breaks" featuring a hidden track which advertises upcoming releases.