“Deserter’s Songs is at once a lullaby, a trip, and a triumph.”
-9.3/10 – Pitchfork (Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s)
“A modern classic.” – NME
In 1998 Mercury Rev delivered the unexpected, a hit album. Deserter’s Songs, the fourth studio long player from the New York-based band not only delivered three UK Top 40 singles, but also struck cultural pay dirt across the globe that still resonates today. The story goes something like this: the band felt that they’d run their course and went into the studio to record their swan song. Diving in with full abandon, the album took on grandiose proportions, merging jazz, folk, sweeping orchestrations, and a dose of 60’s rock, and ended up fully cementing Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook.
As the first release on our new imprint, Modern Classics Recordings, this marks the first vinyl reissue ever of Deserter’s Songs and in typical Light In The Attic fashion, we’ve gone all out. Gorgeously housed in an expanded Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket with a 4-page insert and pressed on heavy 180-gram wax, while co-producer David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Low, Sparklehorse) has lovingly remastered the album, this is a package dressed to the nines. And it doesn’t stop there, as you can see in the “What’s Inside?” video below, the package also includes a free download card for two live tracks (circa ’98) plus an exclusive Audio Commentary/Interview recorded with LITA’s Matt Sullivan and Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper.
Alas, for an album that blew our young minds, how could we stop there? 100 random copies of the LP include an autographed photo of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper. If you’re not one to gamble on those odds, we’re also giving away an autographed photo to the first 100 pre-orders at LightInTheAttic.net. If you already pre-ordered the LP you will get one but we’re running low on them so get those orders in now!
Pre-order Mercury Rev Deserter’s Songs (MCR 900 | 180-gram + Bonus Download) here!