Spin #12 : The Mars Volta: The Bedlam In Goliath

Updated: Jul 1

Band Members on record: Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Vocals), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Guitar, Synthesizers), Isaiah Ikey Owens (Keyboards), Juan Alderete (Bass), Thomas Pridgen (Drums), John Frusciante (Guitar), Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (Percussion, Keyboards), Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (Flute, Sax (Tenor and Soprano), Clarinet -Bass, Percussion) and Paul Hinojos (atmospheric sounds)

The Mars Volta : The Bedlam In Goliath Year Released : 2008 (repress version 2021) Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Label: Clouds Hill Price Range: $75+ AUD Speed: 33 1/3RPM Album Before : Amputechture (2006) Album After : Octahedron (2009) Further Listening : Anything by The Mars Volta! LP : 3 x Black LP ( 2 x LP for the album with additional LP for Mr Muggs single) Mood for enjoying: Frantic, chaotic, fun and relaxing all at once! A mishmash of sounds moulded together on the border of insanity that you will either hate or love it. This album offers creepy vibes and goes well with headphones on late at night (if you dare). Track Listing:

LP 1 Side A

Aberinkula - 5:44

Metatron - 8:11

Ilyena - 5:35

Side B Wax Simulacra - 2:38

Goliath - 7:15

Tourniquet Man - 2:37

Cavalettas - 9:32


Side C

Agadez - 6:43

Askepios - 5:10

Ouroborous - 6:35

Side D

Soothsayer - 9:07

Conjugal Burns - 6:35


Side E

Mr. Muggs - 3:15

Side F

Mr. Muggs - 3:15

What's in the Sleeve ? This record is included in the 'La Realidad De Los Sueños' boxset which translates to 'The Reality of Dreams'. It is repressed by Clouds Hill and Omar with so much time and care. The front and back album artwork are by Jeff Jordan and the gatefold is a reverse Quija/spirit board. The original release had the Mr Muggs single in the shape of a planchette but this version has it as a standard 12"LP. Lyrics are on each of the LP slips with further small artworks.

"Maybe I'll breakdown, Maybe I'll try. Circumvent inoculation and I just want a cut. When will I breakdown, Lately I might. Unconnect the fascination, and I just want to touch " ~ Metatron - Side A

Welcome to Spin #12- The Mars Volta : The Bedlam In Goliath

Happy Sunday to everyone and welcome for our 12th spin. I have been holding off on spinning this one because it is such a favourite of mine and I wanted to do it justice. This week I will be spinning the epic 'Bedlam in Goliath' by 'The Mars Volta' which has been repressed by Clouds Hill as part of the 'La Realidad De Los Sueños' boxset. I wasn't lucky enough to get the original presses at the time so when opportunity arose to purchase the new represses, I asked wifey and made the purchase!

For this review I really wanted to hear everything that the band has to offer close up so I have gone with a mix between loungeroom set up and headphones. The reason for this is because the kids wanted to listen to the start before their dinner and bedtime. I'm not going to deprive them of a Mars Volta listening experience so Side A on the platter please.


Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):