Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons

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Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons
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EP by The Desert Sessions
Released November 18, 1997 (1997-11-18)
Recorded August 5–12, 1997 at Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, California
Genre Desert rock, stoner rock, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 22:38
Label Man's Ruin
The Desert Sessions chronology
Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons
(1997)
Volume 2: Status: Ships Commander Butchered
(1998)

Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons is the debut extended play (EP) by American desert rock collective The Desert Sessions. Recorded in August 1997 at Rancho De La Luna, it was released by Man's Ruin Records on November 18, 1997.[1] The album features eight credited musicians, including Josh Homme, John McBain and Ben Shepherd.[2][3][4][5] It was later re-released with Volume 2: Status: Ships Commander Butchered in 1998 as Volumes 1 & 2.[6]

Recording and release[edit]

The first two Desert Sessions EPs were recorded in sessions between August 5 and 12, 1997 at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, a studio founded by Fred Drake and Dave Catching.[2][3][4][5] The tracks on Volume 1 were engineered by Drake, with Catching and Tony Mason assisting, and featured a total of eight credited musicians: Josh Homme, John McBain (both guitars and keyboards), Ben Shepherd (bass), Alfredo Hernández, Brant Bjork (both drums), The Reverend Bruno Ponce Jones (vocals), Drake (guitars, drums, keyboards) and Catching (bass, piano, guitar).[2][3][4][5] Homme mixed the album, and it was mastered by Tom Baker at Future Disc in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[2][3][4][5]

Volume 1 was initially released alone on vinyl by Man's Ruin Records on November 18, 1997.[1] It later received a re-release with its follow-up, Volume 2: Status: Ships Commander Butchered, on CD on February 24, 1998 as Volumes 1 & 2.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Music website AllMusic awarded Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons three out of five stars.[1] In a four-star review of Volumes 1 & 2 for the website, Tom Schulte said the following about the albums: "Propelled by a steady rhythm section, guitars or keyboards creep in to contribute mostly spectral wails decaying with tremolo or reverb. The picture you get is very much that of a desert, a wasteland divided by a stark streak of asphalt."[6] He summarised the album as a "soundtrack for a running reckless in a land where the only visible things are the dash panel, the headlights, and the stars".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by "Acquitted Felons".[2][3][4][5]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Girl Boy Tom"   4:26
2. "Monkey in the Middle"   2:47
3. "Girl Boy Tom"   2:52
4. "Preaching"   0:45
Side B
No. Title Length
5. "Man's Ruin Preach"   0:51
6. "Cowards Way Out"   5:36
7. "Robotic Lunch"   5:21

Personnel[edit]

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

Musicians
Additional personnel
  • Tony Mason – engineering assistance
  • Tom Baker – mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Desert Sessions, Vol. 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons (Media notes). The Desert Sessions. Man's Ruin Records. 1997. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Volumes 1 & 2 (Media notes). The Desert Sessions. Man's Ruin Records. 1998. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Desert Sessions, The - Vol I. Instrumental Driving Music For Felons (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Desert Sessions, The - Volume I.Volume II (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Schulte, Tom. "Desert Sessions, Vols. 1 & 2". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014.