The Mars Volta ‎– The Bedlam In Goliath

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On a trip in Jerusalem, Rodriguez-Lopez purchased an archaic ouija-type talking board at a curio shop as a gift for Bixler-Zavala. They would return to their tour bus after shows to play with it during their 2006 tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it quickly became the band's post-show ritual. Dubbed "The Soothsayer", the board revealed stories, gave names and made demands, as the band was contacted by three different people who appeared in the form of one, who was then referred to as "Goliath". The more the band interacted with "The Soothsayer", otherworldly coincidences began plaguing the band's experience writing and recording The Bedlam in Goliath: Blake Fleming, their drummer at the time, quit mid-tour and left the band with financial troubles; Bixler-Zavala wound up needing surgery performed on his foot due to the shoes he had been wearing, forcing him to relearn how to walk post-surgery; audio tracks sporadically disappeared from the studio's harddrives; Rodriguez-Lopez's home studio flooded and was subject to multiple power outages; and the album's original engineer went through a nervous breakdown, leaving behind all previous work with no notes as to where anything was. The engineer who quit stated to Rodriguez-Lopez: "I'm not going to help you make this record. You're trying to do something very bad with this record, you're trying to make me crazy and you're trying to make people crazy."

Rodriguez-Lopez was on the brink of starting the recording from scratch, but eventually kept on after recruiting Robert Carranza as a replacement engineer, along with assistance from Lars Stalfors and Isaiah Abolin. Midway through the recording sessions, Rodriguez-Lopez broke "The Soothsayer" in half and buried it in an undisclosed location as an attempt to undo the curse and halt the unforeseen tragedies. Rodriguez-Lopez swore never to give away the location of the burial, and also asked the band not to speak of it again during the remainder of the album's production.

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B0010616-02 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records B0010616-02 US 2008 Sell This Version
175 753-0 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Rodriguez Lopez Productions, Universal Records 175 753-0 Indonesia 2007 Sell This Version
1758443 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 1758443 New Zealand 2007 Sell This Version
1772505 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album + DVD-V) Universal Records 1772505 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
B0010616-01 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic) Universal Records B0010616-01 US 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 0602517575301 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
UICU-1151 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records UICU-1151 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
1758443 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 1758443 Australia 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records, Rodriguez Lopez Productions 0602517575301 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
B001061602 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records B001061602 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
460502600018 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 460502600018 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
1757530 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 1757530 Mexico 2008 Sell This Version
1757530 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 1757530 Argentina 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album) Universal Records 0602517575301 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
B0010617-02 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album + DVD-V + Bes) Universal Records B0010617-02 US 2008 Sell This Version
UICU-9056 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC) Universal Records UICU-9056 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
B0010616-02 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Club) Universal Records B0010616-02 US 2008 Sell This Version
UICU-1151 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Promo) Universal Records UICU-1151 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
1758443 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, S/Edition, Sup) Universal Records 1758443 UK 2008 Sell This Version
UICU-9053 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, SHM + DVD-V, NTSC + Dlx) Universal Records UICU-9053 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Sup) Universal Records 0602517575301 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label 0602517575301 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
0602517575301 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Unofficial) Universal Records (4) 0602517575301 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
B0010670-18 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(M/Stick, Ltd) Universal Records B0010670-18 US 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-25195 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Universal Records UICY-25195 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
660815 The Mars Volta The Bedlam In Goliath(CD, Album, Unofficial) Universal Records 660815 China Unknown Sell This Version

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fignuts

fignuts

September 28, 2018
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
the infamous demon album. Goliath is the demon they spoke to. the album itself is supposed to be a ghost trap
hdmatteson

hdmatteson

September 20, 2018
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
My favorite Volta album😊 If they ever reunite it would be delightful to see reissues on colored vinyl!
justin88s

justin88s

February 6, 2018
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
I have ordered this record twice now from different sources and both came with the same weird scratches on the B and C sides. Has any one else seen this? Both records were open but told to me unplayed. plus the scratches look almost intentional but like I side they were from too completely different people on opposite sides of the US and the scratches look almost identical. On the same sides just in different locations. I don't know it is really weird. I mean is this record cursed also or is the a conspiracy agents me having a good copy of this record? If any one knows anything I would be interested in hearing before I go buying another one. I can send pics also to help explain.
Mishaxhi

Mishaxhi

October 3, 2017
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
I was worried about the sound quality of this, especially considering how much these run, but this is a really stellar-sounding press. Some records just sound "as good" as the CDs on vinyl but this one sounds really unique. The vinyl has a punch to it that you don't get elsewhere. If you're on the edge and can't decide I say wait for a cheap one and then go for it!
busterzhum4n

busterzhum4n

January 20, 2017
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

in my humble opinion, last of the saga of the REAL essence that volta started with. Not knocking octo or nocto but c'mon... this shit seriously kicks!!
bcgarland

bcgarland

January 8, 2015
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
This is a great album. But are people really paying that much for it? Didn't know it was in such high demand. That's cool.
audiophilevinyl

audiophilevinyl

November 7, 2014
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, 2xLP, Album, Red + 7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, B0010616-01
mr. muggs 7 inch is here included too, so all is the same. or is there any version in black vinyl out there
econtheory

econtheory

May 7, 2013
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, CD, Album + DVD-V, 1772505

This CD/DVD is a very cool set for the Mars Volta enthusiast. While Bedlam in Goliath is generally considered the poorest of their releases, the extras here, really make it worth your while. Included are a cover of Pink Floyd's "Candy and a Currant Bun" added to the main album in regular CD format, a bonus DVD containing 5 videos, all from this album, and MP3's of 5 different cover songs. There are likely some issues with region compatibility for some buyers. I had no problem viewing the DVD on a computer, but I doubt if it would play in anything but a region free DVD player. The MP3 tracks did not allow me to simply put them on an MP3 player, but I was able to get around this. First, I sent the information to a flash drive, and then after removing the disc from the computer, keeping the flash drive loaded to the computer, I had the disc tray available to use to burn the information to a CD. A little bit of a bizarre process for me, as I'm not overly knowledgeable about computers, but I was able to achieve my goal of installing the music on my ipod, and creating a CD format of the MP3's.
GreenFairy

GreenFairy

October 18, 2010
referencing The Bedlam In Goliath, CD, Album, 0602517575301
So can someone confirm that there are 2 European releases of Bedlam?
One With Currant Bun and One without, both with the same catalog number?