1. Chasing a Bee
2. Syringe Mouth
3. Coney Island Cyclone
4. Blue and Black
5. Sweet Oddysee of a Cancer Cell T' Th' Center of Yer Heart
7. Continuous Trucks and Thunder Under a Mother's Smile
8. Very Sleepy Rivers
9. Car Wash Hair (The Bee's Chasing Me)
Mercury Rev, originating from upstate New York and featuring John Donahue on guitar and Dave Fridmann on bass, achieved a synthesis of historical proportions. Yerself Is Steam (1991) was a psychedelic extravaganza that spanned three decades and three continents. Emotionally, it ran the gamut from Red Krayola's anarchic freak-outs to contemplative/meditative ecstases in the vein of new-age music. Technically, it blended and alternated pop melody, ambient droning, mind-boggling distortion, oneiric folk, martial tempos, pastoral passages, infernal noise and lyrical lullabies. Far from being merely a nostalgic tribute to an age, Mercury Rev's operation started with the hippie vision of nirvana on the other side of a swirling and chaotic music, but tempered the optimism of that program with an awareness of the human condition, and poisoned it with fits of neurosis and decadent atmospheres. - Piero Scaruffi -
'This quintet's debut album is earth-shattering. Absolutely stunning' - Vox.
'This may have been where the last ten years have been leading… Mercury Rev soar over the heads of their forerunners' - Album Of The Month, Select.
'A bit like nothing you've heard in your life. Sprawlingly magnificent.' - Melody Maker
'Truly a gorgeous one. This is going to be well up on the list this year.' - Sounds
'It sounds great, a bold, mangled noise… a fine entrance.' - NME
'Retraces the time when music and drugs were celebrated as harbingers of a mind-expanding new order. The dream state of the record sticks in your memory even after you awake, and the muse behind the band's ambitions always shines genuine and triumphant. - CMJ - cover.
Note: "Car Wash Hair" appears as track 99 on 1992 Sony/Columbia version of the album. Also, on this same version, "Very Sleepy Rivers" is divided into fragments between tracks 8-98.
To make the files manageable I ripped the album as a wav image and split with GoldWave.