The Mars Volta ‎– Frances The Mute

Universal Records ‎– B0004129-02, Strummer Recordings ‎– B0004129-02, Gold Standard Laboratories ‎– B0004129-02
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Cassandra Gemini is misprinted on CD as "Cassandra Geminni" (spelling correct according to the vinyl and band's official website). The song is also divided into eight arbitrary divisions (having little to do with the divisions shown on the packaging) in order to designate it as an album. Their original idea to make it five tracks - corresponding to the five characters in the story - would have designated it as an EP and they would have been paid as such. If purchasing the album via iTunes, the number of songs is five with "Cassandra Gemini" as one track totaling 32:32

(They really wanted to do six acts and started the album with "Frances the Mute" but it would have made it a double CD, of which Universal disapproved. The lyrics to "Frances the Mute" appears in the CD tray and the actual song was released as a UK CD and US vinyl single).

On the back of the CD is an outline of each character's song. This is not correspond to the number of tracks on the actual CD. The outline [with appropriate track numbers] is reprinted here:

I. Cygnus.... Vismund Cygnus
A. Sarcophagi
B. Umbilical Syllables
C. Facilis Descenus Averni
D. Con Safo
II. The Widow
III. L' Via L' Viaquez
IV. Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore
A. Vade Mecum
B. Pour Another Icepick
C. Pisacis (PHRA-MEN-MA)
D. Con Safo
V. Cassandra Gemini
A. Tarantism
B. Plant a Nail in the Naval Stream
C. Faminepulse
D. Multiple Spouse Wounds
E. Sarcophagi

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 75021 03977 3
  • Mastering SID Code (All variants): IFPI L009
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): UNIVERSAL B00 041 2902 03$ BF
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): [Universal logo] B00 041 2902 02$ G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): [Universal logo] B00 041 2902 02$ O
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): [Universal logo] B00 041 2902 02$ I
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): [Universal logo] B00 041 2902 01$ D
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): [Universal logo] B00 041 2902 02$ R
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, 2): IFPI 0395
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0320
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0333
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 0393
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 0326
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould Ring Variant 1, 2): MADE IN USA
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould Ring Variant 3, 4, 6): MADE IN USA BY UML



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August 3, 2018
When will this album get reissued? Tired of looking the high price