The Mars Volta ‎– Scabdates

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This Album Was Recorded Live On My Mobile Studio [E-Clat] Between May 2004 And May 2005 By Jonathan Debaun, Who Engineered The Entire Project. I Put It Together [Including Some Field Recordings I Made Of The Band On Tour] And Mixed It Under A Strict Time Constraint At Sound City Studios In September 2005. It Was Promptly Sent To Howie Weinberg Who Mastered It At Masterdisk, New York City, With The Assistance Of Roger Liam. Danielle Van Ark Is Responsible For All The Photographs And For Sending Them To Sonny Kay, Who Designed And Laid Out This Record Under The Art Direction Of Cedric And Myself. This Coordination Was Made Possible By Kristen Welsh, The Care Taker Of Monkey Island. ── Omar

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): GSL 118 - A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): GSL 118 - B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): GSL 118 - C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): GSL 118 - D

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0602498867884 The Mars Volta Scabdates(CD, Album) Universal Records, Gold Standard Laboratories 0602498867884 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
988 678-8 The Mars Volta Scabdates(CD, Album) Gold Standard Laboratories, Universal Records 988 678-8 Indonesia 2005 Sell This Version
UICU-1105 The Mars Volta Scabdates(CD, Album) Universal Records, Gold Standard Laboratories UICU-1105 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
9886788 The Mars Volta Scabdates(CD, Album) Universal Records 9886788 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version
B0005644-02 The Mars Volta Scabdates(CD, Album) Universal Records B0005644-02 US 2005 Sell This Version


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September 3, 2016

The vinyl sound quality itself is pretty good, but the recording itself isn't super hi-fi. Though, it was intended to sound like a high quality bootleg.

For being a picture disc my copy has relatively low surface noise which surprised me. I've played this record a lot over the years and it still sounds good but the glue on this cover (and a few other Omar offerings) has separated.

I personally think this LP is their best. Though the noise collage at the end could have been trimmed down; otherwise it's awesome to hear all these songs with intensity and Cicatriz Pt. 4 has some early Frances workings on it.


January 25, 2014
I own a copy and the sound quality is great!


June 28, 2013
could anyone vouch for the sound quality of this release? i just know a lot of picture discs dont sound that great.