Frances the Mute

The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta's second studio album is here on Red & Black Marble vinyl.

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VMP Exclusive Pressing

This record was pressed by VMP and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features

color Red & Black Marble
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
extras Side F Etching
jacket style Direct-To-Board
jacket type Triple Gatefold
label Clouds Hill
pressing location Optimal Media Production
release type Reissue

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Due to COVID-19 and its impact on manufacturing, we are experiencing pre-order delays more frequently. We’ll keep the estimated ship months as up to date as possible, but please be advised.

If you have multiple products in your order, you can choose the ‘Direct Ship’ option to receive products as they become available in multiple shipments. Otherwise, they will be grouped in a single shipment (or your next ROTM shipment for members) after all products are received at our warehouse.

Since pre-order albums are not available to ship until the manufacturing completes, the actual ship date can shift. If there is a delay, we will always contact you.


Sophomores are full of uncertainty, but not for The Mars Volta. The Mars Volta didn't seem to face any issues with their second full-album release and fan favorite, Frances the Mute. Like its predecessor, Frances the Mute is a conceptual album with a rich, storied background and follows an adopted man. Band leader Omar Rodríguez-López wrote the album's material and recorded the members' parts individually, layering each part on top of each other. It's a unique approach for a unique album.


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*Audio and/or tracklist may vary slightly from the vinyl version.



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