The Residents ‎– The River Of Crime! Episodes 1-5

Cordless Recordings ‎– CDL38
2 × CD, Album, Limited Edition


Episodes 1-5
1-1 Episode 1: The Kid Who Collected Crimes! 16:23
1-2 Episode 2: Gator Hater! 14:55
1-3 Episode 3: Misdelivered Mummy! 15:14
1-4 Episode 4: The Beards! 17:07
1-5 Episode 5: Termites From Formosa! 16:13
Instrumental Soundtrack (Limited Edition)
2-1 Episode 1: The Kid Who Collected Crimes! (Instrumental) 9:58
2-2 Episode 2: Gator Hater! (Instrumental) 9:13
2-3 Episode 3: Misdelivered Mummy! (Instrumental) 8:29
2-4 Episode 4: The Beards! (Instrumental) 9:52
2-5 Episode 5: Termites From Formosa! (Instrumental) 11:52

Companies, etc.


"The River Of Crime!" episodes were introduced earlier [this year] via a unique CD-R subscription package with limited distribution. Now, for the first time, all five original episodes and the original Residents instrumental score are available in a traditional pre-recorded, limited edition, double CD package.

Sticker on sealed copies says: "Limited Edition 2-Disc Set includes bonus Instrumental Soundtrack CD - The first 5 episodes of The Residents groundbreaking River Of Crime on CD for the first time!"

℗ & © 2006 Cryptic Corporation
Printed in the USA
Made in the USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 77952 00382 9
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): Z56674 4 CDL2 20038.3-2.1 TEXT 01 M1S1
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): Z56675 4 CDL2 20038.3-2.2 TEXT 01 M1S2
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1, CD2): ifpi L909
  • Mould SID Code (CD1, CD2): IFPI 2U6C



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August 26, 2016

One of my favourite Residents albums and one that seems to often get the short end of the stick when considered within the scope of their post-2000 "career resurgence". Randy's narration on this album is captivating and the way that true-crime anecdotes are weaved into the story and thematically intertwined with the main character's arc is immensely well-written and satisfying. Musically it's also excellent, but the instrumental disc on its own is mostly dull as at the end of the day it's meant to be a soundtrack to a story.

I would actually consider this a good entry point into the band's work as many of the more sonically unpleasant trademarks of the band are conspicuously absent from this album, and even the people I know who dislike The Residents a lot find this album quite compelling.