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Scab Dates: Live Album

The Mars VoltaAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000BLI3IY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. abrasions mount the timpani
2. take the veil cerpin taxt a) gust of mutts b) and ghosted pouts
3. caviglia
4. concertina
5. haruspex
6. cicatriz a) pt I b) pt II c) pt III d) pt IV

Editorial Reviews


"Bixler Zavala and Rodriquez-Lopez made everything about the Mars Volta - including their ferocious live show - larger than life." -- Rolling Stone

"The Mars Volta render every other prog-metal-jazz-whatever band out there wholly unnecessary." -- Spin

"The most exhilarating rock band on the planet" -- Spin

"Wildly, gloriously excessive..." -- Time Out New York

Product Description

Hot on the heels of the acclaimed tour for their latest album, Frances the Mute, the Mars Volta release their first live disc, Scab Dates. Recorded at various shows between 2003 - 2005, the set features just six songs running 72 minutes in all. The four-part closing track, 'Cicatriz', alone runs more than 40 minutes, half of which is taken up by its 20-minute final portion. Universal. 2005.

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Exploration More Exhilaration November 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Most reviewers are talking about this album as if it's a standard live recording, but this is not the case. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has clearly started with some live tracks but used them as a jumping-off point for more studio work with sound collage. This includes studio-assisted mixing with outside sources – which is a major tactical mistake by Omar because it damages the listener's experience of live Mars Volta. This is especially true of the exasperating segment of "Cicatriz" near the end of the album, where the band's playing fades in and out with real audio that sounds like several people sitting in an echoey room and channel surfing. That makes this album a larger work of art that does not work as well as Mars Volta's two stupendous studio albums.

Those original albums feature expert musicianship of great intensity, and mindboggling song structures and achievements in progressive songwriting. But here, much of that magic is strangely missing, especially if you've willingly had your mind blown and perceptions blasted by De-Loused and Frances. One possible way to look at this disc is that it is full of sonic exploration – some live, some constructed – but it is low on the exhilaration of the studio discs. A very large percentage of this album is noise and dissonance. Of course, Mars Volta are incredible improvisationalists and that is the key aspect of their existence as a band. Their concerts feature jam sessions that erupt into entire new songs practically every night, and you'd swear the five core members of the group can read each other's minds as they explore their way into unknown territory.

On this disc, that improvisation works in a few places, such as the sinister funk groove that the band works into a frenzy during the second (third?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh March 17, 2006
By Sea Tac
Format:Audio CD
It should be said first and foremost that The Mars Volta amaze me, album after album, song after song, and to have to give anything of theirs less than 5 stars is truly heartbreaking, but in this case, necessary. While Scabdates has been marketed as a live album, it drifts away from that in the traditional sense, opting more towards a live recording mixed in with various sound effects, samples, and recordings of noise such as babies crying, people talking, and just overall ambience. This detracts from the expectations I had prior to hearing this, and while TMV are very much an improv-band and never ones to go the predictable route, the fact that more than half of Scabdates is Omar Rodriguez-Lopez looping his guitar through various effect pedals and mixing live jams with static and unnecessary noise makes most of this release a rather undesirable listen. I would have much rather heard the band improvising through the 80 minute set that this CD could have allowed, stopping in between the spacey wanderings to play some of the amazing songs which got them to the point they are at today.

Another terrible tragedy of this CD is, as has already been noted by other reviewers, the terrible mixing failing to encompass the performances of Juan Alderte and Jon Theodore, on bass and drums, respectively. While Juan's bass is audible, it is far too muddy and drowned out behind the guitars and keyboards to get an accurate representation of just how damned good this guy is. As for Jon Theodore, the man is a beast on a drum kit and the fact that his skill has been pushed to the very back of the mix is a grave error of production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At The Drive In...... Who? November 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am a big fan of at the drive in. And very disappointed when they split up. But for the first time i am glad they split up, or else we wouldnt have this album. Even though some of the songs i have heard before, they are completly different. On selection 11 Cedric says "Aver Confesa Omar" then Omar starts to sing with his guitar. You cant help but to listen and drool. Now with couple of great albums they are the best band out right now. The Mars Volta is on their way to become one of the greatest bands ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from the best live band! November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The album contains three stretched songs capturing the unique experience of The Mars Volta live performances. Their songs never sound the same! I haven't heard such a band since Led Zeppelin. The most of today's bands try to reproduce the studio versions of their songs as close as possible. This band does the opposite and the effect is stunning! And beware! This is not a fast food music! Linkin' Park fans keep away! And don't write reviews!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is What Jam Bands Should Sound Like March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I'd like to say that this would be a five star album without the annoying overdubs. However, the actual concert expands the songs into huge, power driven jams but still is focused. The band wears its influences on its sleeve: Zeppelin, Santana, Sonic Youth and yes even 70's Miles. However, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and Mars Volta are really this great live. Unlike jam bands, the members of Mars Volta seperately and as a group know how to play. There are not endless solos that go nowhere or boring guitar wankery. The hypnotic feeling of Electric Ladyland or Bitches Brew is given a modern update. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
The Mars Volta is certainly a band that is meant to see live. Mastering chaos, the band has a synergy that is rare.
Published 9 months ago by J. Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good stuff get you in a good mood recommend to anyone who knows good music you know what i mean
Published 13 months ago by yimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album but not for everyone
This album is a great prog psych contribution to TMV's already great catalougue. I would say that if you got into the mars volta because you like oldschool prog such as king... Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by progman
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect in my opinion
This album is on one side of the extreme, and I can see why not everyone likes it. The album is msotly sonic meandering and expansion of the band's open ended sections of songs,... Read more
Published on October 24, 2011 by Colin
3.0 out of 5 stars Picking wounds
Though this edited live disc can represent the modern progressive powerhouse at full-forced acceleration, the entire proceedings can feel lumbering and merely reminiscent of the... Read more
Published on December 10, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Volta - 'Scab Dates' (Universal) 4 1/2 stars
Review no. 52. 'Scab Dates' was taken from two live Mars Volta gigs - May, 2004 - Los Angeles and May, 2005 in New York City. Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough
I have been a huge TMV fan for 4 years, but for some reason I had always ignored Scabdates... Probably since a few of the songs are on other albums, I didn't think it would be... Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Jonathan D. Kotrla
2.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get into THIS album
I was absolutely amazed by Deloused, been a little less amazed by Francis and Ap, but Scab dates almost made me not buy the brilliant Bedlam in Goliath. Read more
Published on March 3, 2008 by Steven M. Beecham
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for an accurate documentation of what they sound...
I LOVE Volta, in fact I own all of their albums and saw them live at Klondike Days back in 2005. They were AMAZING. The Mars Volta are one of the most influential bands ever. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Renfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Wank fest in your face.
I am a huge Mars fan, but this is just bore. I was really looking forward to a cd representive of their live shows, but this is a horrible excuse for a live album from anyone... Read more
Published on October 19, 2006 by dinyc
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