The Residents ‎– Eskimo

Ralph Records ‎– ESK 7906
Vinyl, LP, Album, 2nd Pressing, Gatefold Sleeve


A1 The Walrus Hunt
A2 Birth
A3 Arctic Hysteria
A4 The Angry Angakok
B1 A Spirit Steals A Child
B2 The Festival Of Death

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  • Arranged By, Vocals, Performer [All Instruments], Text By [Stories By], Technician [Ceremonial Band Instruments Building And Design By]The Residents
  • Artwork [Graphic Art]Poor No Graphics*
  • Design [Eyeballs Created By]Dinosaur Productions
  • Drums [Precision Drumming], Guest [Recording]Chris Cutler
  • Featuring [The Residents Assisted By]Snakefinger
  • Lacquer Cut ByLKIKS*
  • Synthesizer [Inspired Synthesizing], Guest [Recording]Don Preston
  • Written-By, ProducerThe Residents


Second pressing of 45,000 copies on black vinyl. It has the same gatefold sleeve as the original edition in white vinyl, but does not have the mention "First Pressing 1979" inside the gatefold sleeve. The record still has the same labels, but has variations in matrix numbers. Includes printed inner sleeve.

"Recorded between April 1976 and May 1979 - This product meets the standards as set by ROZZ TOX - Eskimo is respectfully dedicated to N. Senada who started the whole thing."

"Eskimo Stories" can be found inside the gatefold cover. "Miscellaneous Eskimo Information of Interest", "Instrumentation of The Ceremonial Band" and Rozz Tox illustration can be found on the inner sleeve.

© 1979, The Cryptic Corporation / Manufactured by Ralph Records / 444 Grove Street / San Francisco CA 94102 / ESK 7906
℗ 1979, The Cryptic Corporation / All titles Pale Pachyderm Publishing (BMI) / Written and produced by The Residents / Ralph Records ESK 7906

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): ESK 7906-A K
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): ESK 7906 B K
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): Esk 7906 A Re-1 -/ [eye in a circle] LKIKS ▭◯▭ L.2337
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): Esk 7906 B Re-1 -/ LKIKS ▭◯▭ L.2337-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3): ESK 7906-A LK ▭◯▭
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3): ESK 7906 B LK ▭◯▭
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 26) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ESK 7906 The Residents Eskimo(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Ralph Records ESK 7906 US 1979 Sell This Version
RZ 7906 The Residents Eskimo(2xLP, Album, S/Sided, Ltd, Whi) Ralph Records RZ 7906 US 1986 Sell This Version
none The Residents Eskimo(CD, Album, Unofficial) G. & P. Essential Music none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MVD5453A The Residents Eskimo(CD, Album, RE) MVD Audio MVD5453A US 2012 Sell This Version
AN99-0402 The Residents Eskimo(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova AN99-0402 Russia 1999 Sell This Version



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October 10, 2016

'Eskimo' was their first record that has earned them critical acclaim and many consider it to be their masterpiece. Designed as a musical documentary about the Eskimos, this album evokes the rugged and tribal life of this nation of the far north. Eskimo has not only the creative spirit of their best records but its theme gives it an anthropological content. Several passages evoke aspects of the lives of Eskimos: music, ritual, danger (attack of the polar bear). Considering that the lifestyle of this tribe is threatened, we can only applaud The Residents’ visionary spirit. Towards the end of the record, we distinctly heard the words: “We want Coke oh yeah!” Thus The Residents announce the disappearance of Eskimos who “now spend most of the day watching reruns on TV in government housing.” To listen with a blanket during the heat wave!

© Alain Cliche 2016