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Prog Rock, Heavy Metal
26 Aug 2005
Volcano , Tool Dissectional
61422-31160-1 LP, 61422-3116-1 LP
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1836 mb
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2009 mb
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1Ticks & Leeches
4Faaip De Oiad
Electronics [Machines] – Statik
9The Grudge
12The Patient
13Eon Blue Apocalypse


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
61422-31160-2 CDTool Lateralus ‎(HDCD, Album, M/Print)Volcano , Tool Dissectional61422-31160-2 CDUS2001
82876 53645 2Tool Lateralus ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, Pla)Volcano , Tool Dissectional82876 53645 2Europe2003
61422-31160-2 CDTool Lateralus ‎(HDCD, Album, RP)Volcano , Tool Dissectional61422-31160-2 CDUSUnknown
61422-31160-2 CDTool Lateralus ‎(HDCD, Album, Unofficial)Volcano 61422-31160-2 CDRussiaUnknown
ZJCI 14003Tool Lateralus ‎(HDCD, Album, M/Print)Volcano , Tool DissectionalZJCI 14003Japan2001


  • Art DirectionAdam Jones
  • Band [Tool], Written-ByAdam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan
  • Co-producerDavid Bottrill, Tool
  • DesignMackie Osborne
  • Engineer [Neurocistance], Mixed By [Neurocistance]Vince De Franco
  • Engineer, Mixed ByDavid Bottrill
  • IllustrationAlex Grey
  • Art DirectionAdam Jones
  • Co-producerDavid Bottrill, Tool
  • Design, Artwork [Art Modification]Mackie Osborne
  • Engineer [Neurocistance]Vince De Franco
  • Engineer, Mixed ByDavid Bottrill
  • IllustrationAlex Grey
  • Performer [Tool]Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan
  • Written-ByAdam Jones, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan


Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

This is the first official vinyl release of unknown quantity. There is a secondary version following: Tool - Lateralus
Both are identicial in packaging. The discs differ in the following manner:
The runout information is different. This edition does not have an etched "CB" signature.
The centre areas (where centre labels would normally be) have a "handmade" look to the markings where on the other edition they contain numerous concentric circles.

250-300 copies were hand-signed by all four band members and sold through the band's website.

On the rear of the gatefold:
℗ & © 2000 Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation
Printed in the United States.

On the discs:
℗ & © 2001 Tool Dissectional, L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.

On the inner sleeves:
℗ & © 2003 Tool Dissectional, L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation.

Catalog numbers:
61422-3116-1 LP is on the rear of the gatefold.
61422-31160-1 LP is on the inner sleeves.

Track D3: Art Bell excerpt courtesy of Premier Radio Networks, Coast to Cast A.M. with Art BelRecorded at:
Cello Studios (Hollywood, CA, USA)
The Hook (North Hollywood, CA, USA)
Big Empty Space (North Hollywood, CA, USA)
The Lodge (North Hollywood, CA, USA)

Engineered and mixed at Larrabee Sound North (North Hollywood, CA, USA).
Mastered by Gateway Mastering Studios (Portland, ME, USA).

An original sound recording made by Zomba Recording Corporation
℗ 2001 Tool Dissectional L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
© 2001 Tool Dissectional L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.


  • Barcode (Sticker on the back): 6 14223 11601 3
  • Other (Sticker on the front): 31160-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 61422311601-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 61422311601 B RE·1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): 61422311601-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): 61422311601-D RE·1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Barcode (As printed): 6 38592 10132 6
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC A): 638592101326
  • Matrix / Runout: MANUFACTURED BY POZZOLI # 9210132 P9160


  • Manufactured By – Zomba Recording Corporation
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Tool Dissectional, L.L.C.
  • Copyright (c) – Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
  • Copyright (c) – Tool Dissectional, L.L.C.
  • Published By – EMI Virgin Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Toolshed Music
  • Recorded At – Cello Studios
  • Recorded At – The Hook
  • Recorded At – Big Empty Space
  • Recorded At – The Lodge
  • Mixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
  • Mastered At – Gateway Mastering
  • Pressed By – Erika Records, Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Tool Dissectional, L.L.C.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
  • Copyright (c) – Tool Dissectional, L.L.C.
  • Copyright (c) – Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
  • Published By – EMI Virgin Music, Inc.
  • Published By – Toolshed Music
  • Manufactured By – Pozzoli
  • Recorded At – Cello Studios
  • Recorded At – The Hook
  • Recorded At – Big Empty Space
  • Recorded At – The Lodge
  • Mixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
  • Mastered At – Gateway Mastering


  • Wild Python
Looks cool, but sounds horrible. It's not even a bad bootleg level: pops and clicks are all over the place, even skips, sound is shallow and lifeless. I guess it can only satisfy a hardcore fan
  • Pameala
only on picture disc? those picture discs sound quite similar to flexi discs in my opinion. they look great but "normal" pressings sound better.
  • Jwalextell
I'm just going to come out and say that I'm less than happy with this disc set... I know that picture discs can sound kinda bad and have issues but I was really hopeful that a band like Tool would focus on quality here. Sadly this isn't the case... Skips, pops, cracking all over the place and this was on the first play fresh out of the sleeve. I love the artwork and the packaging is great but I didn't buy this just to look at it. From this point on I'm going to follow my gut and stay away from picture discs whenever possible.
  • Uranneavo
Packaging is very nice. But that's where it stops. Picture discs just don't, and will never sound great compared to non picture discs. Sad really cause I love this album. Worth having to me just cause it looks so great.
  • Mr_Mix
Very attractive editing, although the low quality inner covers are too thin and too flexible.The sound quality seems to me to be superior to that of the CD, but with some noise and crackling on my at least. Overall I liked it a lot.I was able to buy the American version in Europe for a good price. € 32.89
  • Flathan
Still waiting for the remasters, supposedly this is from digital source? CD is awesome
  • Samulkis
meh, as much as the packaging and the picture vinyl are eye catching, sorry, this is not my cup of tea, if only tool could hear our thoughts, oh well. At least I got aenima....
  • inform
I've just listened to the first disc... So far so good, sounds good for picture discs even there's noise in the background, you can hear it on the quiet parts. I do not find the packaging excellent as the sleeves are too small for the records imo. There is also a white halo on 2 sides, don't know if it's normal...Beside that i'm happy with my purchase but i can't understand why they don't released it on black vinyls...
  • SmEsH
Not bad for a picture disc but quite a few pops in my copy and has one spot where it skips. You kinda just need to get lucky when buying this one, just hope your copy is good. mines not bad, but definitely wish it was betterHopefully, they just release it on 180g black vinyl, that'd be much better.
  • Auau
I have bought a bunch of these pictures discs because I'm a crazy fan, I guess. I opened and played all of them and the reissue with the etched "CB" signature is way better then the first issue. The reissue with the etched "CB" signature has some static noise but if you clean it well you can eliminate most or all of the surface noise. You need some luck with your press, but after some "work" you can have a great sound out of this reissue picture disc. I would even go as far as to say this is the best sound on any picture disc I know. Since they are still affordable I can only recommend it. Make sure you get the reissue version with the etched "CB" signature. Good luck!
Cruisn I have bought a bunch of these pictures discs because I'm a crazy fan, I guess. I opened and played all of them and the reissue with the etched "CB" signature is way better then the first issue. The reissue with the etched "CB" signature has some static noise but if you clean it well you can eliminate most or all of the surface noise. You need some luck with your press, but after some "work" you can have a great sound out of this reissue picture disc. I would even go as far as to say this is the best sound on any picture disc I know. Since they are still affordable I can only recommend it. Make sure you get the reissue version with the etched "CB" signature. Good luck! What's the barcode number on your copy? The one on Amazon is 61422-3116-1 LP
  • Era
From the text above: This is the first official vinyl release of unknown quantity.and still this is a Re-Issue?
  • Leyl
It's because it wasn't released on the original street date.
  • LivingCross
what's the point of 180g on a picture disc? lol
  • Wohald
None whatsoever. But hipsters were led to believe that 180 gram means quality, they fell for it, labels picked up on that, saw an opportunity to make records more expensive, hipsters didn't seem to have a problem with it, and now we're in this room.
  • Uleran
Tell me, please, how is the sound in this edition?I really want to have this album on vinyl, but I doubt whether to take it, because this is a picture disk, and they usually sound bad.
I've found people all over the web complaining about the sound of this vinyl. I don't acknowledge what they say. Mine sounds terrific. A bit too low of volume, but it sounds very good
  • Samardenob
Okay I checked and it is this version. I would rather listen to the CD than this record. The surface noise is too high and certain parts sound distorted (parts that shouldn't).
I have a copy that has a lot of surface noise. I don't know which version I have since I haven't checked, but I suspect it is the first one.
  • Jonariara
noise less than usual on picture vinyls.sounds good .generally pleased.
  • Kegal
Skips so much. Sounds great, but skips. What do I do?
  • Blueshaper
Just how limited is this a million per territory. LOL
  • Quphagie
My copy has some pops , but not really annoying . But I wasn't expecting much from a picture disc ! still a Good Buy , At least The (Stoughton) Jacket is Amazing.....
  • Kulafyn
If your copy has lots of pops and skips two things 1. clean it VERY well 2. try using a DJ cart with tracking force in the 2g-3g range. This combo eliminates much of the noise and prevents skips IME.
  • Vizuru
These are the exact steps I take before playing any record, new or used, and am able to circumvent most complaints I read on here.
  • spacebreeze
My copy is super clean FWIW. Sounds like a remaster.
  • Kajikus
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Dark_Sun
Listening to physical copy now, Havent noticed much in the way of noise or distortion/ mastering issues.
  • Doomwarden
Now that I double check, you're right, I have the other version.
  • Drelalen
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Risa
The one I have Is terribly noisy. Hopefully the rumors of remastered reissues will be true. I’ve bought it twice, the other one is worse. It’s used as wall decor.
  • Lesesshe
Same experience for me. Mind sharing how you've used it as wall decor? I've used the 12x12 frames before but am considering slicing the gatefold up to get the most out of the artwork and slapping it on the wall. Overall kinda a bummer but I did do my research heading in so knew my odds on a good copy were not great.
  • Cobandis
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Gom
Even after a clean and storage in an anti-static sleeve, it still sounds horrendous. It's worth it for the collector, but not the listener.
  • Whiteseeker
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Hanad
Really happy with mine. Was so worried due to bad reviews, but seems like they got a hand on it now. There are definitely some pops and noise, but it's overall pretty well pressed. No skips or any problems playing it back, and I'm not exactly on a high quality rig that might be able to handle a worse for wear record.
  • Rishason
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Xor
Really disappointed with mine. Sound Quality is not very good. Also had a milky stain under the clear vinyl. Oh well. Still a great album.
  • Arryar
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • lets go baby
Skeptical at first because of the picture discs, but this latest pressing sounds just wonderful. Pick this up now if you've been on the fence about it, who knows how long this run will stay at a good price.
  • 6snake6
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Erennge
Now that the Chris Bellman pressing has been split into a separate entry Tool (2) - Lateralus - it would be interesting to see which of the quality reviews refer to which pressing.
  • greatest
Limited edition... how much? 50 000 copies? 100 000 ?
  • Talvinl
Been playing mine semi-regularly for six months and other than slight crackling between a few tracks, my copy sounds awesome. Sound really jumps off the record. People with skipping and awful sound should return their albums or properly configure their platters.
  • Burisi
Is your review for this 2005-press or the CB-press here (
  • Jare
Great album, mine got also a lot of surface noice, specially noticeable on the more silent parts, but nevertheless a great album and still enjoyable. One thing though. WHY separate Disposition and Reflection? I loved that transition!UPDATE: Just cleaned it on all 4 sides, sounds wonderful now, just a few pops here and there, but there was a notorious improvement. (cleaned with micro fiber brush + anti-static fluid by Audio-Technica)
  • Thoginn
I believe due to the combined length of the songs, they wouldn't fit on the records without being rearranged
  • Cordabor
To a picture disc can I clean it with a goat hair brush or is it more delicate?
  • Teonyo
The only Tool album which lives up to their reputation. I never understood why Aenima is regarded as a masterpiece. I always thought it was pretentious. Lateralus might also be pretentious, but it's also deep and psychedelic. Regarding this pressing, I have an early one and it sounds good for a picture disc. Very minimal surface noise. And although I am not a fan of these things, I have to admit that it looks really great and adds to the overall vibe. A classic.
  • Mojind
Newer copies of these might be better but while the album is amazing, my copy from around 2 years ago has SO MUCH SURFACE NOISE. especially on side B. seems like the luck of the draw with this one, still an amazing album worth owning.
  • Thabel
As some users have mentioned, I bought this record based off of the beautiful artwork by a really rad artist (Alex Grey - definitely worth a Google) and knowing there may be some surface noise and other nasty things to ignore.However, I was pleasantly surprised at just how clean the pressing really was. Very very little surface noise (a couple of pops.. mostly on inner tracks) and excellent dynamic range. I've listened to the CD and digital versions countless times.. and can definitely say I was not let down by this vinyl release, if not actually impressed!
  • Nargas
Just gave my copy a spin none of the problem reported in the other comments. Little to no surface noise. The mastering is fantastic also.
  • Dammy
good album. surprisingly doesn't sound bad. It's funny because i got this at FYE. I hate them but i could nt resist
  • Anarawield
I have no problem with this Dissectional release. It is quieter than cd version but I feel like that is intentional and needed as Tool continuity is often done best with quiet tapestry layers ramping up for the best parts.
  • Hallolan
I just bought a brand new copy and am not experiencing any skipping. There is a little bit of fuzz but you can only hear that on parts of the song that are quiet. Art is awesome though, and its a great album.
  • Brakora
I bought this almost exclusively for the artwork, not expecting much regarding sound quality, after reading all the bad feedback. I have to say I'm really surprised by how good this sounds. It has some noise and minor pitch-issues, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting. No skips, and the louder parts sound badass. This is my favorite album of all time, and I might actually prefer this over the digital release.
  • Alianyau
This is kind of bizarre but my copy sounds excellent... I wasn't expecting much given the many negative reviews. However, my copy has minimal surface noise and everything is crisp and clear... I have a modest setup as well. Using the AT-LP 120 with an Ortofon 2M Red. No skipping whatsoever.
  • Fenius
I just get my brand new copy and I have to say the sound is pretty clean, there is a very slight sound "far away" due to picture disc but nothing annoying i have to concentrate to ear it, all faces sounds allright, no skips at all. Great listen for me I was expecting something worst.
  • Bys
On my copy Disc 1 has more ticks and higher noise floor than Disc 2. The actual music sounds great on both discs but the noise is pretty distracting on the quieter parts of Disc 1. Disc 2 is a really great listen for me. Any one else find that one disc is noisier than the other?
  • Jazu
Does anyone know how many of this "limited edition" were printed? I still see these new all over the place for quite cheap. Wonder if they printed tens of thousands and still called it "limited" or if people stay away cause of the notorious quality it seems to be labeled with. I have not heard this version so I cannot comment but seems like a limited edition of a Tool Picture disc would be sold out quickly and not available en masse for retail or lower 11 years later
  • The Rollers of Vildar
A notoriously awful picture disc pressing. Most picture discs sound like absolute garbage and this is unfortunately true for this album as well. Until there is a PROPER vinyl pressing, I recommend saving one's $$$, as this is simply not worth it due to the extremely poor quality.
  • Global Progression
It is a picture disc. Many skips but I was able to get most out. Has a fuzzy sound typical of a picture disc and is at times downright scratchy & poppy. I may have gotten a bum copy, but the metal & sound is huge despite this. Buy at your own risk.
  • Aloo
hey there, may I ask how you got rid of the skips?
  • SING
amazing album but I have to say, the art on the picture disc is amazing
  • Painbrand
I couldn't go back and edit my last post, but this shows pics of the differences in deadwax size.
  • Hanelynai
Anyone else that has seen the 2 DIFFERENT masters of this release? May be the reason some complain about the noise floor, and others don't. The original (earlier?) press has very little deadwax compared to the "other" original. Seems to me there is 2 separate masterings. Why else would the deadwax be a different size?
  • Zovaithug
I purchased my third copy of this few days away, also still sealed from a shop. Hopefully i did so, by knowing about the variance of quality, to get an accurate pressing. And, as well, to see what version it may be thats for sale in 2016 and, to respect the salesman, "is still available and still sells well".It is the "RM" version. First partial listening: sound quality and background noise is nearly the same like the "RM" version i hold in hand while submitting this, took pictures of and asked in the forum for but which i soon gave away to a friend.Track A3 isn't that terrible like my first "RM" copy sounded but the heavy parts are distorted as well and in fact cannot be enjoyed. When producing this second issue something must went wrong while transfering this title. All the rest seems fine so far - this is not a junk product!But at least, after hearing and handling three copies of this, i have to say none of them gives the really vinyl sound people like me search and pay for, and to make matters worse, one or both of these two (of 2) official vinyl-pressings in fact should!An other essential difference in manufacturing between the two versions i found affectes the labels surface. Beside both versions bear no typicial info on them but are just black labels the "Original" seems to be dragged in circles, the "RM" not. You can see this on the images i uploaded in the thread.For me, what could be an explaination, there was a first, more carefully produced issue in 2005 thats off, maybe due to its initial limitation. Then, and what ever on earth the responsibles let decide to do so, they went away from using the very maximum of a 12inch surface which results in a maximun of space between the grooves and made four completely new stamps using the LP-standard to continue pressing the album on vinyl, probably in much more quantity - but pic-discs, covers, inners, etc. are absolutely same. I also bet all the signed copies are the "Original".Today i would vote for splitting this: on discogs these two versions should have their own entries each. Like Pearl Jams No Code album came with different inners only and has their own entries -> cannot identify a version on such records untill breaking the seal, checking medias runout section, ...else. Esp. buyers and sellers of "SS" copies have this little problem in the marketplace.Best regards
  • Weetont
I haven't seen the first (called "original") version yet, but in the picture in which he shows the differences between those 2 masterings, I clearly identified my version as the second one. It has the same bigger runout area and deadwax on it. I am also dissatisfied with its errors, as it has a lot of unclear parts where the music skips. The music quality itself is good though.
  • Black_Hawk_Down
I really can't believe they altered the tracklist for this pressing. The whole album could have fit comfortably on two LP's in the same order as the CD. Plus, the choice of the picture disc is annoying. This album is so unbelievably good that it deserves to have a legitimate, exceptional vinyl pressing. I wish I could afford to license it and have it pressed my way. People could actually enjoy this album on their turntables then. The overall mastering and cutting isn't bad but there are some issues with the playback due to the picture material and honestly, the altered track order makes me sick. You don't rip the first song in a triptych of songs away from the other two songs that make up the trio. And with the legitimate pressings of Ænima (you know, their other masterpiece) being so incredibly difficult to come by on vinyl, especially for any sort of reasonable price, the high availability of this album could have satiated those who are Tool fans and vinyl enthusiasts by being the classic, near-perfect Tool album that we could actually get our hands on and enjoy. But instead we get a MASSIVE, EXPENSIVE pressing of an amazing album.... on fucking picture disc... with an altered tracklist that actually actively hurts the flow of the album. They need to stop getting overly creative with pressings and just make quality lacquers with orginal/analog master sources and press to high quality vinyl material. And no, it does NOT need to be on 180-200 gram LP's. What a shakedown and huge waste of material.
  • Hellstaff
Reading through the recent comments on this album makes me realize, I either got a killer clean copy; or most people out there need to look into a better turntable. I'm going with the killer clean copy for now.
  • Mezilabar
Same here !! The statement here that all pic.discs sound crap is just plain wrong. Ppl need to check their stylus or ears.
  • Xar
My copy also sounds absolutely awesome, to the point of being one of the best sounding records I own... and I own a LOT of records.
  • Cesar
I bought this vinyl set and received two of the same discs in my sealed package. Meaning both discs only play C and D sides of the album, both sleeves are exactly he same. All upc and etchings are legitimate... Is this just an u lucky error - has anyone else had this issue?
  • Nothing personal
I found a copy in my local second-hand music shop, and it unfortunately had the same problem.
  • Faulkree
No reasonable amount of counterweight will get this record to play without skipping for me. It's a gorgeous looking pair of discs but dammit guys the music comes first. Noise floor and clicks I can deal with, but missing several seconds worth of music periodically? I guess the vinyl goes on the wall and I listen to the CD.
  • August
Adjust the counterweight on your tonearm if possible. Either that, or get a better turntable.
  • Hap
My copy doesn't make sense. In all respects (jacket, sleeves, runout etchings, picture disc art) it is the official release. However, it has a sticker on the back with the 61422-31160-13 bar code, which is the Volcano-Dissectional bar code pertaining to the unofficial release. Perhaps this is a later pressing? It sounds completely fine, not like a picture disc and no horrible noise floor issues.
  • Yggdi
Nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be. Minor crackles in places? Yes. Excessive levels of surface noise? Hardly. Mixing and mastering are both well-done; more lively than the flatter response the old HDCDs had. The latter would still win out for me tbh, but this *is* a nice analog edition, more so considering the alternate options (or lack thereof).
  • Taun
mine also has unacceptable levels of surface noise and pops in the softer sections of music , i don't think it's the pictures on the records causing this as the parts of the record that have no picture sounds worse than the picture sections . also i have many other picture discs that sound much better than this .might just send it back and buy the standard black vinyl version.
  • generation of new
There are no standard black vinyl edition of this album...
  • Tejar
Love Tool and love the art but the floor noise is present.
  • Mautaxe
Laterelus is a pretty surface, noisy pressing in the quiet parts, but I believe that this is a general problem with picture discs. I love it anyway.
  • Gaxaisvem
I haven't listened to my copy in ages, but I don't remember it being awful at all. Picture Discs are notoriously awful for sound in my experience, which is why I try to avoid them at all costs. Maybe I got lucky and managed to snag a good copy of this...
  • Beazekelv
I was not lucky to get a good copy of this
  • Painshade
Does anybody know how many copies were pressed in this issue? Now 5430 people claim to have this release, so I'm wondering how many copies of this particular release are out there.
  • Prinna
This pressing sounds so badWhats going on with Tool vinyl editions? :(
  • crazy mashine
i remember i had this three or four years ago, it was purchased on amazon (sealed) and was returned after a week or so: what really made me crazy to the point to return it, was the needle that skipped all over the place! if you want to own a nice looking tool picture disc, then go for it, your eyes will surely thank you.but if you want it to enjoy the sound too, do yourself a favor: save money and avoid it!!
  • Winotterin
I really love Tool and Lateralus! It is a masterpiece of an album. My issue is with this vinyl pressing in particular. 1. The packaging was really tight and I feel I'm going to scratch the disc every time I put it in and take it out2. The smell..... really, it smelled weird when I first opened it3. The art. Tool is known for having really surreal amazing art and I feel, besides the main sleeve, it's very much lacking. This could have benefitted from clear vinyl or something rather than the black4. The grooves are really shallow, which I feel leads to constant skipping5. No labels or even a track listing.. come on Tool. As much as I love the contents of this album the vinyl "Limited Edition" Feels like a cheap facsimile rather than a premium.
  • Togar
Ok, this is not a review of the music on the album, just the packaging of this particular release. Also it is my own personal opinion.I was genuinely quite excited for this when I bought it online, but feel pretty underwhelmed by it.First of all the limited release tag – not a major gripe but I bought this new from a major online record store, considering it was released in 2005, so perhaps not so limited. I am not suggesting I would want it to be limited; I would probably have had to pay quadruple than what I did if it had been. However slapping a ‘limited edition’ tag on any record makes it instantly more desirable to fans and collectors, which means in this case attaching that particular label seems somewhat disingenuous.Secondly, the art work. You can’t really escape from the fact that although the geometric type design it is quite eye catching, it is just one small and quite simple image repeated, this in contrast to the intricate artwork to be found in the CD packaging. I like the metallic finish which looks cool when it catches the light but as the phrase goes ‘all that glitters is not gold’. The art work on the discs makes you question why they bothered to go for picture discs at all as it seems more than 50% of each disc is just dead space.Thirdly the quality of materials used. I like the thick gatefold sleeve but the inserts are black and white copies of the cover artwork with some additional technical information printed on the back and seem to be made of cheap almost magazine like paper, in my copy they also smell funny.Fourthly the sound quality, I am no expert here, but on my particular copy, straight from the sleeve to the deck, there seems like a lot of background noise to the extent you feel distracted from the music and are left sitting there why am I not just listening to the CD? So to check I wasn’t just imagining it or that it wasn’t my equipment, I put on another brand new record I purchased at the same time (Metallica – Garage Inc.) and the difference was quite striking.I wish I had had a look on discogs before I bought it, I guess there are reasons why there are so many cheapish copies on sale. All of this is of course in contrast to the high quality of packaging production and audio quality to be found on the CD.Or is it just me?
  • Dawncrusher
Mine sounds fine but I'd have preferred labels on the discs. There is very little to tell the discs apart. I can never find the side/song I want, it's a pain in the hole.
  • Pipet
Yeah there's a lot of noise. I would've preferred a normal pressing instead if picture discs, but hey, this is the only thing they released.
  • Yar
I've had mine for several months now and have played it about half a dozen times. It sounds great each and every time.It's also very nice to just look at.
  • Pad
got mine today, sounds amazing
  • RUL
Got mine today definitely doesn't sound right
  • Preve
Yeah mine sounds awful !
  • Umdwyn
I have a signed one for sale. Not fake, bought it myself from the website - still have the confirmation email. It's signed by all band members BEFORE pressing, so the signatures are etched in the disc
  • Haal
Do you still got the copy for sale? Cheers, Hans.
  • CrazyDemon
Dude, do you still have that for sale? Send me an email.. would love to see pics and hear more about it! [email protected]
  • Hatе&love
This is one of those 300 copies signed ?
  • Iaiastta
"It exist two pressings with same artwork, only the clear vinyl media surface show statable differences." I'm not exactly sure what this sentence means either.
  • Adoraris
Picture discs are just a piece of cardboard with a picture on it sandwiched between two clear record halves. They mean that the actual grooves look different on each pressing.
  • Fecage
Has anyone found out what partially mixed actually means?
  • Celak
My copy sounds absolutely pristine, cleaner than even some of my regular black vinyl (namely All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone).
  • Ishnllador
I got my copy third party off Amazon from importcds. It wasn't sealed, pretty beat up inner sleeves and huge corner bend.
  • Ceck
When did you buy your copy? I'm wondering if it's either sheer luck of the draw or press runs. I had two back in June 2013. Bought one fresh and sealed, returned it for another, then returned that one. Both copies sounded equally bad, mostly during The Grudge. It started off sounding great, then it tapered off as soon as the breakdown hit. Just noise noise noise. During the scream, it was no distorted that it sounded like my speakers had blown. I do remember the rest of the album sounding quite nice, though, but I couldn't justify keeping it knowing the first side sounded so bad, although now I'm considering taking the plunge again...
  • Wanenai
How limited is this release? It's from 2005 and I see mint copies for sale everywhere for around 30 euros. Has there been a repress or are there fake copies going around?
  • Arilak
So it's called limited as a sales trick. They do it all the time.
  • Beanisend
I guess it is not very limited... they are still being pressed I think. Either that or they just made a huge amount during production.
  • WinDImmortaL
Despite the amount of bad reviews on the sound quality I am surprised with my copy. There are quite a few pops but surface noise is not bad at all and the mix is Way more of a full sound than I was expecting. I actually have heard way worse mixes on some of my other (non pic disc) records.
  • nailer
Dispite the negative reviews on the sound quality of this picture disc I purchased it anyway, and to my surprise it sounds amazing. Very little to no surface noise at all. Even the passages between songs are quiet. I'm not sure what these people are talking about. Great purchase. A+
i owned a copy of this s*tty picture disc: i still remember how it sounds bad as it looks good, avoid it!!!
Partially Mixed, whats that means?
  • Felhalar
This purchase was a pretty big letdown. Noisy even after cleaning. I would pay double for a non-picturedisc version of this album.
  • Vivados
I'd say the quality of this pressing is pretty much unacceptable. Looks great, sounds like the North Sea during a storm with some music on the background. Exaggerating? Yes...a little, not much.
  • Vizuru
you are correct!!!
  • Mitynarit
My pressing of Var. 1 has this weird pitch effect on Side C (Title track) as when the needle passes over the picture it sounds like the song speeds up slightly, i have a few friends who also have copies that does not do this. It's unfortunate because it is probably the best song on the album. Other than that i have no noise issues others are talking about.
  • Dobpota
What does it mean when the release says "partially mixed"? my copy is pretty noisy, f#ckin picture disks..
  • Tyler Is Not Here
Does anyone else have problems with 1B side?I have two copies of this album. First is 61423311601, second is the same but has RE-1 at the end. And this first has bad 1B side. It has some kind oval tracks or something and it sounds terrible - only this side, other sides are perfect. I clearly see (when I look down on gramophone) how arm is moving not only up & down (normal behavior) but also right and left, making a false sound - really disgusting :/ I bought it in march on
  • Tane
Record needles don't typically move up & down, the groove is the same depth all the way round. They zig-zag slightly in the groove (normal behavior).
  • Vutaur
The pressing on that side if off center and sounds like drunken sailors on a tilting ship. The hole is center as the physical edges of the record do not go side to side, only the grooves are off, the other side is probably centered and plays find. Only thing you can do is take string to the edges of where the grooves start to find that sides 'true' center, and to drill another hole.
  • Mazuzahn
There is absolutely no noise issues for me with this picture disc - on side a. I clean all my records before playing on a PRC-3 and this 2xLP set sounds great once the passages start.
  • zmejka
I hold Variation 1. Is there any difference on sound quality compared to Variation 2?
  • Visonima
It is only subtle. But with the spaced out groves, theoretically it is higher quality. Just very marginal.
  • Brightfury
just as everyone reviewed here, Laterelus is a pretty surface, noisy pressing. Kinda disappointed (official release sounds like this?) why didn't they press it onto black vinyl? Music is awesome, pressing, not so much.
  • Oso
Love this album but very much dislike the pic discs. The playability is piss-poor. Cool as a collector item, I guess, but I intend to try and buy the original black pressing.
  • Boyn
As far as I know there is no original black pressing. The only official pressings are all on picture discs.
  • Marelyne
I absolutely love Tool, and this album is definitely one of my favorites. The records are pretty noisy, even after using an anti-static brush, but I've just accepted it as part of the aesthetic of listening to this particular record. Amazing album.
  • Todal
Does anyone else have problems with track D1 Reflection?Mine has static/loud noise. All the rest of the tracks are fine. Just wondering if this is a common issue across the board.Thanks
  • Wenaiand
Mine has lots of static all over the disc. I guess it's because of the printed paper inside the vinyl...Kinda sad.
  • Beranyle
Hi Tool and vinyl fans. Recently I bought the tool Lateralus record. When I opened it there was the c/d-side record twice inside. It still was in the original shrink and was sealed.My question: is this a mispress version?
  • Usishele
Stuff like this just happens sometimes. If you haven't already send an email to who you bought it from and usually they'll send you a new one