Volumes 7 & 8

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.

Desert Sessions 7 & 8
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
Recorded? at Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree, CA
GenreDesert rock
LabelSouthern Lord (SUNN12), Rekords Rekords
The Desert Sessions chronology
Volumes 5 & 6
Desert Sessions 7 & 8
Volumes 9 & 10
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

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

Track listingEdit

  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.

"Hanging Tree" was rerecorded for Queens of the Stone Age's 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. The main riff in the track "Cold Sore Superstars" was used in the song "No One Knows" on this album as well. "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 the Fifth Annual Coachella Valley 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.



  1. ^ "Desert Session, Vols. 7 & 8 - Desert Sessions". Allmusic.