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Albums Of The Week: The Mars Volta | Landscape Tantrums (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)

The psychedelic prog-rockers share the blueprints from their 2003 masterpiece.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:La Realidad De Los Sueños is a new 18-LP box collecting the discography of The Mars Volta, including all six of their studio albums, their debut EP Tremulant, and Landscape Tantrums, a never-before-released first draft of their debut album De-Loused In The Comatorium. These albums have all been out of print on vinyl since their initial release, save for haphazard and unauthorised reissues distributed by the band’s former label in the last decade, which featured poorly reproduced artwork and sound sourced from compact disc, and were essentially illegal bootlegs.

The Mars Volta’s leader/producer/composer Omar Rodríguez-López says: “The actual mixes we did back then were luckily preserved and stored in my vault for the past 20 years. So it’s super-exciting for my engineer Jon DeBaun and me that it’s seeing a release. This was the very first thing we worked on together, and it holds a lot of great memories. And if it’s this exciting for us, we imagine it’s going to be exciting for the fans.” As for his memories of those early recordings, “That’s a loaded question, because there’s a whole intimate saga behind those sessions. We did weeks of interviews on the subject, and there’s a detailed account of the process in the box-set liner notes.”