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3.66 | 152 ratings | 10 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Third Eye - live (14:05)
2. Part of Me - live (3:32)
3. Pushit - live (13:56)
4. Message to Harry Manback II (1:14)
5. You Lied - live (9:47)
6. Merkaba (9:49)
7. No Quarter (11:12)
8. L.A.M.C / Maynard's Dick (10:53)

Total Time: 74:28
9. Sober
10. Prison Sex
11. Stinkfist
12. Ænema

Line-up / Musicians

- Maynard James Keenan / vocals
- Adam Jones / guitar
- Justin Chancellor / bass
- Danny Carey / drums

Releases information

Tool Dissectional/Volcano Entertainment

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TOOL Salival ratings distribution

(152 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by frenchie
4 stars Salival is a boxset release for the fans as it had been four years since the band had released any material, and it also prepared tool fans for the new studio album that would follow the year after. This boxset shows of the incredible live performances of the band and also contains some exclusive studio tracks.

Third Eye is an incredible performance and a great way of opening the album. It is good to see how the band have evolved the song from the studio version and made it more suited for a live performance. "Part of Me" was originally from the debut EP "Opiate" but this new version is much better and sounds more like the modern day tool sound. As maynard proclaims at the beginning of "Push!t", "we are looking at this song under a different light". This is a very good alternate version of the song which replaces the heavy guitars and angry vocals with mellow music and soft vocals. This helps to build up the song in a different direction. This is one of the best things about Tool because istead of playing the same song ever show, they experiment with them and make them to make them fresh and exciting.

"You Lied" and "Merkaba" are covers of songs from some of the band members side bands including peach. The best song on the album is the cover of Led Zeppelins "No Quarter" which has epic effects, production and a melee of guitars and stretchy vocal harmonies. This is probably the best cover song i have ever heard, an odd one for tool who dont believe in cover songs but its just for the fans. The last track is ok if you can be bothered to listen to it.

This isn't meant to be a proper album but it strongly achieves its job of being a good collection of outakes for the fans. The album comes in a velvet laced boxset with a large colour photo collection and a bonus DVD with the bands amazing videos on.

Review by Zitro
3 stars 3.5 stars

This is for fans of the band only. IT is a very enjoyable CD of bonus material, songs live, and probably the best cover song ever made. The price scared me, but I've heard the material from a friend, and I borrowed this. I'll rate this record on the material, not the price. I think it is not worth the money, except for Die-hard fans.

Third Eye opens the album and it is played very professionally. IT is amazing that the four members can play this complex song live. Part of Me is slightly better than the studio version, but I still do not like it. Push It is incredible and one of the two reasons to buy this!! The band has transformed the brilliant heavy track into a mellow one, and they succeeded into making the song better. Message to HArry is of course filler and pointless, but it is saved by a nice melody. You Lied and Merkaba are new songs, and they don't disappoint. You Lied sounds like a typical good song from Tool and Merkaba is a great avant-garde instrumental.

No Quarter is easily the best cover song of Led Zeppelin I've heard from a band (even better than 'stairway to heaven' from Frank Zappa). IT begins similar to Led Zeppelin's version with a haunting keyboard (But there is also a nice bass guitar too), but the instrumental riff-chorus is much heavier and metal-like. Then the verse starts again with distorted vocals. The lyrics are different, and I believe they make the song better. The second chorus is driven by screams. That is nothing yet! A mellow section that doesn't resemble the original's begins with an impressive bass riff. The bass riff continues and transforms into a louder one. The verses lyrics are once again sung under a completely different musical background. Then, the lyrics 'uhhhh, getting colder' are in repeated until MAynard screams 'locked in a place where no one goes' and past lyrics under electric gutiar riffing. The song then reaches its climax, with loud bass guitar playing, rhythm-guitar, and the best drum line of all times!!! (Unfortunately, it was ripped off from Alan White - The Ancient, but I don't care) After that, the verse/choruses are played again with a litel variation and the song ends on a loud coda.

L.A.M.C : A simple rhythm heard over 6 minutes while hearing electronic messages of a phone. This is terrible!! Fortunately, Maynard's Dick comes as a semi-acoustic track with very nice melodies and musicianship and clever lyrics and saves the ending ofthe album.

1. Third Eye - live (8.5/10) 2. Part of Me - live (4/10) 3. Pu[&*!#] - live (9/10) 4. Message to Harry Manback II (6/10) 5. You Lied - live (6/10) 6. Merkaba (7.5/10) 7. No Quarter (10/10) 8. L.A.M.C (0/10) 9.Maynard's Dick (7.5/10)

My Grade : C+

Still, not worth it

Review by TheProgtologist
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars To keep fans waiting during the 5-year gap between 1996's landmark "AEnima" and their 2001 opus "Lateralus", Tool released the Salival boxset in 2000. This boxset comprised of a DVD of 5 of their music videos (not reviewed here) and a CD with live and unreleased tracks.

The first three tracks of this CD are live tracks from "Aenima" and "Opiate" albums. "Third Eye" and "Pu[&*!#]" are widly different from their album incarnations, with the former turning into a spectral, meandering jam in the middle section and the latter slowing and calming down. The live version of "Part of Me" is faithful to the original, but like the other two live tracks, it works better live than on album.

And what of the new songs? There are two new instumentals: the incredible, dark, 10- minute soundscape that is "Merkeba" and an altered version of "Message from Harry Manback". There are also two covers: "You Lied" from bassist Justin Chancellor's old band Peach and Led Zeppelin's classic "No Quater". In each instance, Tool take on these songs and claim them as their own. You Lied becomes a stunning backdrop for Maynard's vocal acrobatics and No Quater is slowed down and altered to turn it from a slow, calm song into a gargantuan, epic, multi-faceted stormer. This track, along with the previously mentioned "Third Eye" and "Pu[&*!#]", is the centerpiece of the CD.

On the last track, 2 totally new songs in basically a single track are revealed. The first six minutes are given to "L.A.M.C."(Los Angeles Municipal Court), and it is the only disapointment on the disc. It consists solely of a 6 minute recording of their answering machine with droning, noisy guitars occasionally chugging out a chord.The last 3 and a half minutes are given to "Maynard's Dick", an unusually simple, radio-friendly and quick song, with silly lyrics which provide proof, along with "Disgustipated" on their album "Undertow", that Tool really do have a sense of humor.

Not essential,but a good cd.Fans of Progressive Metal and especially fans of Tool will like it,3 stars.

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Salival was definitely not the live album I was expecting after the band's first masterpiece Ænima but it definitely have aged well over the years and sounds better today than what it did upon its release.

The biggest disappointment for me here is the set-list featured on this album since there are only two tracks from Ænima and both of them sound completely different from their source material. I think that the cover of the Led Zeppelin song No Quarter was a very appropriate here since it creates the analogy to Led Zeppelin's first live album. In other words Salival is basically the live album we weren't expecting, just like Led Zeppelin's album The Song Remains The Same.

A good, but non-essential release that has become somewhat of a holy grail in Tool's discography.

**** star songs: Third Eye (14:05) Pu[&*!#] (13:56) Merkaba (9:49) L.A.M.C / Maynard's Dick (10:53)

*** star songs: Part Of Me (3:32) Message To Harry Manback II (1:14) You Lied (9:47) No Quarter (11:12)

Latest members reviews

4 stars "Salival" is a relatively expensive boxset released a year before "Lateralus" that provided some nourishment for starving Tool fans who had already waited four years to hear something new since the release of "Aenima". I would recommend it only to hardcore fans willing to spare the cash. Even so ... (read more)

Report this review (#963483) | Posted by bonestorm | Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Salival is a serious investment for any Tool fan. On the one hand, you're getting their video collection, arguably the best and most original of any band. On the other, you get an album with a few live tracks, some studio wizardry, and some junk. Whether it's worth it or not depends on how muc ... (read more)

Report this review (#115215) | Posted by SamW | Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The reviews that already exist say enough about this boxset, so I will concentrate more on whether its worth buying or not. I agree that the live performances are amazing but there are a lot of bootlegs around like tool's 2001 live in san diego with King Crimson for example. This boxset ... (read more)

Report this review (#89446) | Posted by sularetal | Monday, September 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Because this is not a traditional studio album, I am reviewing it on the level of a live/b- sides collection, and the quality of the videos. First the album: Third Eye (live): 5/5 An excellent live performance of what I consider to be Tool's best song at that point in their career. It soun ... (read more)

Report this review (#80907) | Posted by int_2375 | Sunday, June 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is my favourite compilation of all times. Collection contains some new versions of songs from Ænima album, new live songs, and live version of song Part of Me from Opiate EP. There is also cover of beautiful Led Zeppelin's song No Quarter. Every part of music is brilliant, higly innovativ ... (read more)

Report this review (#61356) | Posted by nisandzic | Friday, December 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Its pretty good, if a little expensive, the cd is good I like the versions of third eye and no quater. The version of you lied is much better than the origional. My main problem is with the dvd the menu is so hard to navigate around i rarely watch it. Check out the hidden video for hush and th ... (read more)

Report this review (#31744) | Posted by | Monday, July 12, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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