The Marble Shrine

The Mars Volta

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Projects

Frances the Mute (76:57 - CD | 77:18 - Vinyl)

Release Date: March 1, 2005

Produced By: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Recorded: July - October 2004 at Avatar Studios, New York

Label: Gold Standard Labs, Universal, Strummer

Band

  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - guitar, producer
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala - vocals
  • Jon Theodore - drums
  • Isaiah Ikey Owens - keyboards
  • Juan Alderete de la Pena - bass
  • Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez - percussion
  • Flea - trumpet on "The Widow" and "Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore"
  • John Frusciante - first two guitar solos on "L'Via L'Viaquez"
  • Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez - tenor sax, flute on "Cassandra Gemini"

Additional musicians

  • Larry Harlow - piano, treated clavinet on "L'Via L'Viaquez" and "Cassandra Gemini"
  • Lenny Castro - added percussion (all tracks)
  • Salvador (Chava) Hernandez - trumpet
  • Wayne Bergeron - trumpet
  • Randy Jones - tuba
  • Roger Manning - piano
  • Nicholas Lane - trombone
  • William Reichenbach - bass trombone
  • David Campbell - string arrangements
  • Larry Corbett - cello
  • Suzie Katayama - cello
  • Violins:
    • Fernano Moreno
    • Erick Hernandez
    • Diego Casillas
    • Ernesto Molina
    • Joel Derouin
    • Roberto Cani
    • Mario De Leon
    • Peter Kent
    • Josefina Vergara
  • The Coqui of Puerto Rico

Artwork

  • Storm Thorgerson - cover design