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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gold Standard Laboratories
  • ASIN: B000227946
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
the best live band currently out there May 31 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Mars Volta are simply the most exciting, energetic, and awe inspiring live band out there. Seeing them twice, I can tell you from experience that those two shows were the best shows I have ever seen. With their improv jamming and extended songs, listening to them live is an experience that is quite different from their studio work. This EP is an excellent showcase of a few of their live songs. Recorded wonderfully, this four song EP clocks in at just over 40 minutes (yes, the songs are that long! I once watched them play 6 songs in over 2 hours!).
There are a couple times where Cedric messes up on the lines, or Omar might play a wrong note, but it adds to the beauty of the album; it shows that they are not perfect and that they are willing to throw in some mistakes to make it seem more live, which many bands do not do with their live albums. If you are a Volta fan and do not own this EP, buy
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Coming from a Huge Volta Fan... Sept. 27 2005
By Cal - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So I was lucky enough on eBay to get this rare peice, and it certainly was worth it. The last reviewer said something of the sort of Bixler forgetting his lyrics. No, he didn't, this is PRE-De-Loused and their live shows are very different from their studio sessions. Ced likes to mix things up. There are some minor things that should be fixed, such as the bass being a little to high, but it certainly isn't a problem. If you're lucky enough to get this off eBay for 30-40 bucks, it's certainlyl worth it. Great great EP.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A De-loused fan essential. March 14 2006
By J. Chandler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In short: this is definitely worth it. Unlike Scabdates, another live release, this CD is an accurate representation of The Mars Volta's live performances and is, for the most part, very high in quality. The recordings are very raw and should be played on adequate speakers to be fully appreciated. If you satisfy this condition, everything should really, really shine. The only thing thing more faithful to TMV's live sound than this is an actual performance. Definitely worth it if you can get your hands on it for a reasonable price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
That One In The Spotlight, He Don't Look Right To Me. Dec 19 2013
By Khyron - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sometime around the new millenium, when prog rock emerged from a long, disjointed and uneasy sleep to re-claim a place among the living, there would, by necessity, need to be a standard bearer: a band that would carry the banner and carve a legacy for a new generation of sub-mainstream audiophiles who had perhaps realized that the "Alternative" music of the past decade had been little more than cleverly disguised corporate rock. Fastball, Silverchair and Candlebox may have looked the part, maybe even sounded a bit like it too, but were little more than processed, radio ready, DefWarrantRoses in blue jeans and thrift store t-shirts.

And then along came bands like Refused, At The Drive In, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Muse and all of a sudden a genre that languished and was seemingly forgotten for the better part of two decades was more than alive, it was positively thriving. Though Muse quickly embraced a conventional song structure (while maintaining their Rush-esque roots) and both Refused and At The drive In opted to ride the lightning as opposed to claim almost assured super-stardom, the movement away from power chords and yarls had begun. And from the ashes of At The Drive In came The Mars Volta: a band seemingly at odds with their fame from their inception to their recent demise. This, their first live album, offers a fractured, drug-addled world view and a gut check to the brave few who followed Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala from the Drive In to this parallel, writhing, and richly rewarding universe.

The four tracks here, all live interpretations of tracks found on the band's first LP, 'De-Loused In The Comatorium', so wholly and completely embrace 70's prog rock demetia that this manages to come off sounding like a street fight that Syd Barrett picked with Emerson, Lake and Palmer... which Robert Plant and Jeff Lynne had to break up. Cedric's vocal range, which floats and ascends and dives somewhere in the impossible realm of not quite Geddy Lee, not quite Robert Plant, delivers mostly unintelligible, spastic rants that are as disquieting as they are undeniably engaging. Omar's maniacal chord progresions are completely reimagined on this EP and manage to sound both improvised and deliberate, casual and perfectly ordered. Weapons grade distortion and feedback are tumble dried with percussive bursts that are equal parts wanton destruction and zen-like peace; creating a sound that is simultaniously anchored and completely unhinged, like a flag that is held on by a single ring in the middle of a raging storm.

Is this for you, then? At $180, this isn't for anyone except for a wealthy, devoted completist. Many of these tracks (and if I'm honest, even some better interpretations) can be found on the youtube. Should this gem ever see a proper reissue at a price us meer mortals can swallow, it is an absolute must have for fans of progressive rock... fans who perhaps wrongly assumed that the best days of this genre were long dead and rotted. The Mars Volta, I think, would gladly offer this as a counter-argument.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Anthony Torres - Published on
Format: Audio CD