by: Peter Laursen, April '05
Label: Magna Carta
Style: Progressive Rock / Metal
Tony Levin, bassist and multi-instrumentalist,
who have worked and recorded with everyone from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel, King Crimson to Alice
Cooper, T Bone Burnett to David Bowie, Tracy Chapman to The Indigo
Girls, has released an album called "Prime Cuts".
If you're not familiar with Tony Levin, this album could easily be a little introduction to
this awesome bass player. The first track here on "Prime Cuts" is a track from the the first Liquid Tension Experiment
CD. This track is called "Kindred Spirits" (6:29) and we have Tony Levin playing together with Mike
Portney, Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci. And this track is no less than awesome. I
especially like the guitar playing from Petrucci. Magnificent track.
Next up is "T & T Vignette" (2:32). Previously unreleased Bozzio Levin track, who together create a probing collage of
sounds. A very weird track in my opinion.
Then we have "Another Dimension" (9:50) taken from the Liquid Tension Experiment
2 album. A good track - superb and balanced contributions from each
musician. Check out the flamenco-Argentinean folkloric passage, about 6:22.
We move on to track number 4 "Dark Corners" (10:30). A remix from the Bozzio Levin Stevens
album: "Sonic Residue From Vapourspace". A very strange track. Listening to this track makes me feel like I'm
trapped in a very weird Science Fiction movie. Not a good track in my opinion.
From Magellan's album "Hundred Year Flood", we have "Brother's Keeper" (9:13).
A better track than number 4. Reminds me a little about Fates Warning
- a bit.
Track 6 and the last track is called: "Endless" (10:10), from the Bozzio Levin and
Stevens "Situation Dangerous" album. The playing here is again flawless, however I find it a little bit boring.
This track contains a weird guitar solo, that I really like. But the rest of this track is a bit boring.
Fabulous musicians is all over this release.
Music from musicians ... meant for musicians.
Therefore: Listen before you buy!
Recommended tracks: "Kindred Spirits" and "Another Dimension"