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Box set by Tool
Released December 12, 2000
Recorded 1992–1998
Venue Salt Lake City, UT, Portland, OR, San Diego, CA, Denver, CO
Studio The Loft, Hollywood, California, Ocean Way, Hollywood, California
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock, alternative metal
Length 73:57
Label Volcano Entertainment II / Tool Dissectional
Producer David Bottrill
Tool chronology
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars (CD/VHS)[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars (CD/DVD)[3]
Dotmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
Wall of Sound (70/100)[6]

Salival is a live, outtake, and video album, released as a limited edition box set in CD/VHS and CD/DVD formats in 2000 by American rock band Tool. It includes a 56-page book of photos and stills from their music videos.


The live track "You Lied" is a cover of a song by bass player Justin Chancellor's previous band Peach. The cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" was originally recorded for the soundtrack of Private Parts, but Tool subsequently decided against allowing it to be used, leading to criticism from Howard Stern, who had previously endorsed the band.[7]

Salival is the second and final official Tool release (as of 2017) to feature a substantial amount of live material (Tool's other official live release, consisting of songs primarily from Lollapalooza '93, is available on the out-of-print Sober – Tales from the Darkside). The tracks were recorded from several different shows prior to Salival's release in 2000; however, because the booklet merely lists locations without date information, the exact sources are unconfirmed. Likely candidates for most of the recordings are the 1998 summer tour,[8][9][10] though the San Diego recording could be "Third Eye," "Pushit" or "Merkaba" from spring 1997.[11]

Live versions of the Ænima tracks "Pushit" and "Third Eye" appear on this album plus a live version of the Opiate song "Part of Me". The live instrumental song "Merkaba" was originally an intro for "Sober" when played live, however no tracks from Undertow proper appear here in live form. The name "Merkaba" or Merkabah translating to "Mer-Light", "Ka-Spirit", "Ba-Body" is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. A reference to the Merkabah school of Jewish mysticsm as it relates to new age meditation.[12] [13] "Message to Harry Manback II", "No Quarter", and "LAMC" were recorded during the sessions for Ænima though they were slightly re-recorded before being released on Salival.[14]


The album is packaged in a black box sized 8.25x6.75x2" featuring the "Salival man" with outstretched arms. It is contained within a translucent slipcase that features the band's logo on the front. When the cover of the next release, Lateralus, is placed at the bottom centre inside the reversed translucent slipcase of the VHS release, showing the Tree of Life, it creates an image which hints at the mysticism-inspired track "Merkaba", as the soul uprising from the centre of the chest of the archetypical man on the cover of Lateralus forms a "torch" with the orange-glowing orange pectoral girdle of the "Salival man", exactly in the place where the "hidden" sefirot Da'ath, connecting the worlds of the macrocosm and microcosm, is located on the Etz Chaim. Also a shirt is sold at the band's online shop called "Portal of Da'ath", which refers to it. The front of the book included with the package has a small glossy square on its front. Upon initial release, the package came with two stickers on the cover; one announcing that the "new studio album" was due to arrive in stores on April 17, 2001, Maynard's 37th birthday, though it was ultimately pushed back to May 15. The other sticker, a Parental Advisory, would be the fourth and last one to appear on a Tool release.

The audio CD portion of the album is contained within a disc tray at the back of the 56-page book, which has similar dimensions to and is only slightly larger than a standard CD jewel case.

Album typos[edit]

The first pressings of Salival contain typographical errors, as well as the VHS edition having red tape. Later editions do not have these typos. The following typos are found in the CD booklet.

  • Aloke Dutta and Paul D'Amour's names are misspelled as Aloke Dutto and Paul D'Mour.
  • "Stinkfist" is listed as "Stink Fist."
  • "Message to Harry Manback II" is spelled "Messege to Harry Manback II."
  • The playing order of the videos on the VHS are listed in reverse chronological order.
  • The track ordering of "Merkaba" and "You Lied" is incorrect.

A typographical error made it into VHS Version 61422-31158-2R; Stinkfist was spelt 'Stinkfest' on the label sticker.

Rumors and leaks[edit]

As with other releases, there were rumors during the Salival period. Most notably, the band was said to be breaking up.[15][16] Maynard James Keenan said, "we mentioned some song titles and some dickhead went out and reserved all of the .com and .org names."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan, and Adam Jones, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Third Eye" (live)   14:05
2. "Part of Me" (live)
3. "Pushit" (live)
  • Carey
  • D'Amour
  • Jones
  • Keenan
4. "Message to Harry Manback II"   1:14
5. "You Lied" (Peach cover; live) Simon Oakes 9:17
6. "Merkaba" (live)   9:49
7. "No Quarter" (Led Zeppelin cover) 11:12
8. "LAMC" (The song "LAMC" ends at 6:50. After 20 seconds of silence [6:50 – 7:10], begins the hidden song "Maynard's Dick".)   10:54
No. Title Length
1. "Ænema" 6:39
2. "Stinkfist" 5:09
3. "Prison Sex" 4:56
4. "Sober" 5:05
5. "Hush" (DVD version only, not included on the VHS version) 2:48



Additional musicians[edit]


Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard 200[18] 37


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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Salival – Tool [CD/VHS]". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2004.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Salival – Tool". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2004.
  4. ^ Ward, Simon P. (26 February 2001). "Tool – 'Salival' (Music for Nations)". Dotmusic. Archived from the original on 8 June 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (15 February 2001). "Salival by Tool". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 August 2004.
  6. ^ Graff, Gary. "Wall of Sound Review: Salival". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 23 January 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tool Stepping Out From the Shadows". 
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  11. ^ "Spring 1997 Tour Reviews". 
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  15. ^ Kline, Scott (17 October 2002). "Breslin hosts heavier sound". The State News. Archived from the original on 4 January 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  16. ^ Osegueda, Mike (22 November 2002). "Tool tops weekend menu". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  17. ^ "Is anyone listening?". The Age. 5 May 2006. p. 1. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  18. ^ "Tool Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2017.

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