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Pools of Mercury

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Pools of Mercury by Jim Carroll

LINER NOTES

Produced by Anton Sanko
Recorded and mixed by Denny McNerney
Mastered by Denny McNerney
Recorded & mastered at Easter Island Recording, NYC (212-229-2949)
Assistant engineering--Jim Naisby

The Poems: "I Am Not Kurt Schwitters," "Things That Fly," "It Goes," and "Cinco De Mayo" are from the book, FEAR OF DREAMING, published by Penguin Books (New York 1993). The Poems "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain," "Female as Thunder," "Train Surfing," "My Ruins," "Zeno's Law of High-Heeled Shoes," and "Message Left on a Phone Machine," are from the book VOID OF COURSE, published by Penguin Books (New York 1998)

Thanks to:
David Silver, Michael Lesser, Bob Fitzgerald, Steve Gordon, Lai Tsang, Walter McDonough, Cassie Carter, Danny and Rosemary, Robert Roth, and the band "Truly," Jim Flynn and Gabriel Vivas at Jim Flynn Rentals, Flip Scipio at Scipio Guitars, Tom Cassell, Brewbar. Special thanks to Donna and Dylan. This record could not have been made without the sapient insight of Lenny Kaye.

Art direction: *R* Patrick
Photography: lego cut the fat

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SONGS & CREDITS

All clips used by permission of Mercury Records

1. "Train Surfing"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Frank Vilardi and Anton Sanko 
Frank Vilardi - drums, percussion 
Anton Sanko -keyboards 

2. "Falling Down Laughing"
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Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Robert Roth 
Frank Vilardi - drums 
Erik Sanko - bass 
Tristan Avakian - guitar, background vocals 
Anton Sanko - keyboards

3. "Zeno's Law of High-Heeled Shoes"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by David Torn and Anton Sanko 
David Torn - guitar, loops 
Anton Sanko - processing

4."Desert Town"
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Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Tristan Avakian and Anton Sanko 
Frank Vilardi - drums 
Erik Sanko - bass, background vocals 
Anton Sanko - keyboards
Tristan Avakian - guitar, background vocals

5. "It Goes"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Gordon Minette and Anton Sanko 
Gordon Minette - trumpet 
Anton Sanko - keyboards, processing 

6. "My Ruins"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Anton Sanko 
string arrangement by Anton Sanko

7. "Pools of Mercury"
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Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Tristan Avakian, Erik Sanko, Anton Sanko
Frank Vilardi - drums 
Erik Sanko - bass, background vocals 
Tristan Avakian - guitar 
Anton Sanko - keyboards

8. "Things That Fly"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Erik Sanko 
Erik Sanko - guitar, e-bow 
Anton Sanko - guitar, bass, chamberlin

9. "I Am Not Kurt Schwitters"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by David Torn and Anton Sanko
David Torn - loops, dobro, koto 
Erik Sanko - bass 
Anton Sanko - keyboards, processing

10. "Hairshirt Fracture" 
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Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Robert Roth 
arranged by Anton Sanko 
Frank Vilardi - drums 
Erik Sanko - bass 
Tristan Avakian - guitar 
Anton Sanko - keyboards 

11. "Female as Thunder"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Lenny Kaye 
Anton Sanko - lap steel guitar, keyboards 

12. "Cinco de Mayo" 
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Gordon Minette and Anton Sanko 
Gordon Minette - keyboards, trumpet, bass 
Anton Sanko - lap steel

13. "Message Left on a Phone Machine"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Gordon Minette, Frank Vilardi and Anton Sanko 
Frank Vilardi - drums, percussion 
Erik Sanko - bass 
Gordon Minette - piano 
Anton Sanko - keyboards, processing

14. "The Beast Within"
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Lyrics by Jim Carroll and Lenny Kaye 
music by Lenny Kaye and Anton Sanko 
Frank Vilardi - drums 
Erik Sanko - bass 
Lenny Kaye - guitar, background vocals 
Tristan Avakian - guitar 
Anton Sanko - keyboards

15. "Eight Fragments for Kurt Cobain"
Lyrics by Jim Carroll 
music by Anton Sanko and Tristan Avakian 
Tristan Avakian - guitar, bass 
Anton Sanko - processing

   

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