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3.34 | 28 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Welcome (4:12)
2. Gut String Theory (3:27)
3. Speedbump (2:46)
4. Slow Glide (4:00)
5. Shraag (4:25)
6. Not Just Another Pretty Bass (3:22)
7. El Mercado (2:27)
8. Orange Alert (2:32)
9. In Her Locket (3:56)
10. Rising Waters (3:16)
11. Metro (4:21)
12. Zeros to Disk (3:33)
13. Sticky Fingers (2:27)
14. Rivers of Light (4:24)
15. Chop Shop (2:53)
16. The Gorgon Sisters Have a Chat (2:31)
17. Dark Blues (3:39)

Total Time 58:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Levin / bass, Chapman Stick, electric upright bass (2,9,12,17), synth bass (10,12), synth (11,14), NS cello (1,6,10), guitar (14), piano (14,17), vocals (1,4,14), didgeridoo (4), drums (16), co-producer

- Chris Albers / electric (15) & acoustic (9,17) guitars
- Scott Schorr / keyboards (2,8,9,17) drums & percussion (6,7,15), synth (15), co-producer
- Pat Mastelotto / drums, percussion, piano (12)
- Tim Dow / drums (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Ben Brown

CD Lazy Bones Recordings - none (2007, US)

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TONY LEVIN Stick Man ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

TONY LEVIN Stick Man reviews

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Review by bhikkhu
4 stars When I last went to see California Guitar Trio, Tony Levin just happened to be with the guys for that show. He also had his new CD available for sale. So, along with the recording of that night's CGT performance, I got a signed copy of "Stick Man" (he is also such a nice man, that he told me I didn't look old enough to have seen him with Peter Gabriel back in 1982).

Tony is best known as a kind of musical mercenary. Is there anyone he hasn't played with? If there is, I sure he has plans to correct any omission. So what does he do when it's just him? I had heard some samples of other albums, but never had an entire Tony Levin CD. From what I had heard, I was expecting world music, or jazz-fusion. Well, it was something completely different. The best way to explain is that Tony seems to have been missing King Crimson. To me, this is what they would sound like if Tony Levin ever took the reigns over from Robert Fripp. Much of it is in a heavy avant style, still with a bit of jazz flavor, and some precision, rapid fire drumming. There are some vocals (done by Mr. Levin), but it is mostly instrumental.

There are some heavy-duty jam outs, slow grooves, fun stuff, and even a touch of some classic new wave sounds (ala Eno/Talking Heads). Some of it is even reminiscent of more current Jeff Beck work. He gets a little help from a few friends, but it is mostly Tony on his famous stick, and a drummer. What that man can do with that instrument is just incredible, but you probably already know that. Whether he is creating atmosphere, or using it for a lead guitar riff, it is all masterfully done. This album is satisfying on every level, and I highly recommend it.

I would love to give "Stick Man" five stars, but alas I just don't see it as a true masterpiece. However, I still think you would be doing yourself a disservice by staying away from it.

H.T. Riekels

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars At last it happened! Tony Levin, great bassist of King Crimson ( and Peter Gabriel, between many others) released the album, which is his real solo album, and is on the level of his great talent.

I listened many his previous solo works, but no one was so good. Being extremely great musicians in collaborations, his solo albums all were more comfortable mix of symphonic prog, some cheese jazz fusion, etc. And almost all of them just had his name on the cover, he never was areal leader, more just one of collaborators.

For a first time things were changed. This album is real bass/Stick player's album. With support of another great KC musician, drummer Pat Mastelotto, Tony rocks here! Great deep groovy Stick is main instrument, but it is real music! Complex, different, heavy, even with some Tony vocals!

Whenever rhythm team is same as KC, you will easily hear many Crimsonian moments in the music of this album. But - Crimsonian moments on their best. Nervous pulsation, some dark melodies, clever and tasteful sound. No traces of pseudo romantic cheese sound which destroyed so many previous Levin's compositions!

Best Levin's album to time, great KC-three music. Absolutely must have for every KC/ProjeKts fan.

4,5 for sure!

Review by Starhammer
1 stars Different isn't always better...

Pat Mastelotto joins Tony Levin for his fifth studio album.

The Good: Speedbump.

The Bad: After years of bemoaning the mediocrity of Tony Levin's solo releases in comparison to his work with other bands he finally pulls out all the stops and goes for broke. This unique and highly experimental recording is full of ideas and far more bass orientated than previous efforts.

But is it enjoyable? In short, No. Listening to it is a bit like sitting through a lecture on the inner workings of some intricate phenomena. Whilst it may be interesting to those 'in the know', for the rest of us mere mortals it just results in utter boredom for the best part of an hour.

The Verdict: Gonna stick with SMV from now on.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is one stranger work's of Tony Levin, Whit sounds Very contemporary, Very contemporary, recalling the last Crimson projects. It is a beautiful album that if you like levin, this is going to be the best. Every song, every note, we feel that hara eset levin revitalizes like a vampire. Noting ... (read more)

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