Tool – 72826 First Demo + Bonus Unofficial LP.

Tool – 72826 First Demo + Bonus. Unofficial LP.

72826 is Tool’s 1991 demo tape made by the band while they were still unsigned and performing on LA’s underground rock scene.

The cassette was sold to fans at their gigs for $6 and features early 4-track versions of songs that would later be included on their Opiate EP and Undertow album.

Like much of Tool’s discography, 72826 has never had an official vinyl release but several unofficial ones have filled the demand in the last few years.

This record combines the 6 original demo tracks on the record’s A side with 3 tracks from Tool’s Salival album on the flip. This bootleg is a lovely shade of red but it comes in other colours too!

Tool's 72826 demo vinyl bootleg LP with bonus tracks
Tool’s 72826 First Demo EP + bonus Salival tracks on bootleg vinyl.

If you’re wondering what the significance of the number 72826 is, it’s actually a phone number – well kind of.

According to lead singer Maynard James Keenan the band decided on 72826 for the name of their demo tape as it’s the number you’d dial to spell out SATAN on a telephone keypad.

So if you ever feel like having a one to one with the Devil, you’ve now got his number!

Telephone keypad. 72826 SATAN
Dial 72826 for SATAN.

Original Demo Tape.

Tool – 72826. Full demo tape.

Tool playing live @ Club With No Name, Los Angeles. 1991. Set list featured Part Of Me, Hush, Sweat, Cold And Ugly and Sober.

Album Tracklist.

Side A. 72826 – First Demo.

  1. Cold And Ugly
  2. Hush
  3. Part Of Me
  4. Crawl Away
  5. Sober
  6. Jerk-Off

Side B. Bonus – Salival.

  1. No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Cover)
  2. Harry Manback Pt. II
  3. L.A. Municipal Court

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