Rock Formations
Rock Formations
Studio album by Yawning Man
Released March 7 2005
Recorded Fall 2004 at Donner & Blitzen and Unit A Studios in Palm Springs, California, USA
Genre Desert Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Instrumental Rock
Length 44:53
Label Alone Records
Producer Mathias Schneeberger, Darrian R, Robbie Waldman, Yawning Man
Yawning Man chronology
Debut Release
Rock Formations
Pot Head

Rock Formations is the debut album by the California desert rock band Yawning Man. Recorded in 2004 and released in the spring of 2005, it is the band's first official release despite forming in 1986, nearly twenty years prior to Rock Formation's release.


Yawning Man began performing on a regular basis again circa 2003 to which the original lineup of Arce, Hernández and Lalli got together to record ten original songs the next year. Signing to Spanish label Alone Records, Rock Formations was released on 7 March 2005 to praise among the stoner scene and regarded as a long-awaited release. The band would embark on their first ever tour through a string of dates in Europe supporting the album though Billy Cordell would take over as bassist for said tour.

Initial pressings saw Rock Formations on CD and Vinyl (Black, Teal Marble, Purple Marble). The next year a CD reissue would come with a DVD of a live performance from 2005 in The Netherlands, limited to 500 copies. Rock Formations and Pot Head were put together on a 2007 compilation CD known as Vista Point. Cobraside Distribution would reissue Rock Formations on CD and Vinyl (Green, Brown, Grey Marble, Light Green Marble) in support of the band's 2017 tours.


  • 1. Rock Formations (5:21)
  • 2. Perpetual Oyster (5:22)
  • 3. Stoney Lonesome (6:03)
  • 4. Split Tooth Thunder (2:59)
  • 5. Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway (3:52)
  • 6. Airport Boulevard (5:23)
  • 7. Advanced Darkness (2:34)
  • 8. She Scares Me (4:09)
  • 9. Crater Lake (3:37)
  • 10. Buffalo Chips (4:27)


  • Gary Arce - Guitar, Producer (1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Mario Lalli - Bass, Design, Producer (1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Alfredo Hernández - Drums, Producer (1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Billy Cordell - Bass (Bonus DVD)
  • Mathias Schneeberger - Theremin, Keyboards (1, 2), Producer (1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Darrian R. - Producer (3 - 5, 8 - 10)
  • Robbie Waldman - Producer (3 - 5, 8 - 10)
  • Tony Tornay - Photography (Front, Inlay Photo)
  • Megan C. Brooks - Photography (Band)
  • Cale Bunker- Design
  • Ivan Hernández - Artwork (Tray Card)

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V·T·E Yawning Man
Current Members Mario LalliGary ArceBill Stinson
Past Members Alfredo HernándezBilly CordellLarry LalliGreg Seanz
Albums Rock FormationsNomadic PursuitsHistorical GraffitiThe Revolt Against Tired NoisesMacedonian Lines
Other Releases Pot HeadThe Birth of SolYawning Man & Fatso JetsonLive at Maximum FestivalLive at Giant Rock
Associated Bands Across The RiverAcross The River (Demo)Fatso JetsonKyussChéQueens of the Stone AgeThe Desert SessionsBrant BjorkOrquesta del DesiertoVic du MonteVista ChinoYawning SonsDark Tooth EncounterTen EastThe Sort Of QuartetBig Scenic NowhereZun • The Perfect Rat
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