Live (The Mars Volta EP)

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Live
Live album by The Mars Volta
Released July 2003
Recorded 2003 at XFM Studio and Electric Ballroom, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42:29
Label Gold Standard Laboratories, Universal, Strummer
Producer Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala
The Mars Volta chronology
De-Loused in the Comatorium
(2003)
Live
(2003)
Frances the Mute
(2005)
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Live is the first officially released live recording from the band The Mars Volta. The EP was released in limited quantities in 2003 and is now difficult to find. Due to this, the EP has become a collectors item among fans, sometimes selling for up to $150 on eBay. The first two tracks were recorded live at the XFM Studio in London, 2003. The last two tracks were recorded at the Electric Ballroom in London on July 9, 2003.

The jam in "Drunkship of Lanterns" later became part of "Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus" from Frances the Mute.

The album artwork is from the fable of Arachne (also Arachné). It has also been used as the backdrop during the band's live performances.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)"   9:29
2. "Drunkship of Lanterns"   9:38
3. "Cicatriz ESP"   16:03
4. "Televators"   7:18

Australian release[edit]

The Mars Volta repackaged the live EP and re-released it included with the Tour Edition release of De-Loused in the Comatorium, as well as an Australian-only single for "Televators" in January, 2004, coinciding with their tour with the Big Day Out. It featured the recorded version of "Televators", and then the same four live tracks.

No. Title Length
1. "Televators" (Album version) 6:18
2. "Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)"   9:29
3. "Drunkship of Lanterns"   9:38
4. "Cicatriz ESP"   16:03
5. "Televators"   7:18