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4.04 | 123 ratings | 4 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Marcopolis (4:53)
2. Twitch (3:08)
3. Frumious Banderfunk (3:39)
4. The Blizzard (3:43)
5. Mew (7:49)
6. Afa Vulu (2:44)
7. Descent (3:24)
8. Scrod (6:10)
9. Orbiter (3:13)
10. Enter The Core (4:08)
11. Ignorant Elephant (5:30)
12. Lakeshore Lights (4:36)
13. Dancing Feet (3:05)
14. Service Engine (8:38)

Total time 64:40

Bonus DVD from 2013 SE:
1. Tony & Jordan Jam Session (???)
2. Marco Interview (???)
3. Jordan & Tony Interview (???)
4. Outtakes (???)
5. Marcopolis (4:54)
6. Twitch (3:08)
7. Frumious Banderfunk (3:40)
8. The. Blizzard (3:43)
9. Mew (7:50)
10. Afa Vulu (2:45)
11. Descent (3:24)
12. Scrod (6:10)
13. Orbiter (3:13)
14. Enter The Core (4:09)
15. Ignorant Elephant (5:30)
16. Lakeshore Lights (4:37)
17. Dancing Feet (3:06)
18. Service Engine (8:38)
19. Fossil Fool (3:53)
20. Mew (Marco Home Demo) (7:42)
21. Decent (Marco Home Demo) (3:10)
22. Orbiter (Marco Home Demo) (3:06)
23. Ignorant Elephant (Marco Home Demo) (5:30)
24. Lakeshore Lights (Marco Home Demo) (4:36)
25. Service Engine Pts 123 (Marco Home Demo) (8:09)

Total time 100:53 + ???

Line-up / Musicians

- Jordan Rudess / keyboards
- Tony Levin / basses, Chapman stick, cello, co-producer
- Marco Minnemann / drums, guitar

Releases information

CD Lazy Bones Recordings ‎- 7 39523 37924 8 (2013, US)
CD + DVD Lazy Bones Recordings ‎- 7 39523 37924 8 (2013, US) Bonus DVD with full album in 24 Bit Audio plus extras (interviews, demos, outtakes)

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LEVIN - MINNEMANN - RUDESS LMR ratings distribution

(123 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)


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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars It's not often that an rock instrumental album blows me away like this one has.

In the prog world, Tony Levin is a legend. Among his countless credits is his work with so many of the giants. King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel and Yes (as ABWH), just scratches the surface of what he means to the genre. Jordan Rudess, of course, has been elevating Dream Theater's music for years with his keyboard pyrotechnics. And Marco Minnemann, while not as well known (yet), has been making his mark with the likes The Aristocrats, Mike Kenneally and some guy names Steven Wilson.

Together this trio has come up with an amazing array of heavy instrumental prog, where whether one listens to individual instrument parts, or the way they all come together, the music all leaves this listener in awe. They blend hard rock, metal, technical fusion and experimental rock to create a wall of prog bliss.

While I love the entire album, the track that stand out most to me are Twitch and Frumious Banderfunk, which both contain many unexpected twists and turns, and Mew, a track that sounds very much like a certain Mr. Zappa's wild Synclavier experiments.

Review by Prog Leviathan
5 stars I'm just going to throw down the gauntlet here: Levin Minnemann Rudess is one of the best instrumental prog experiences you'll ever hear ... and it's a travesty that this album has been kept a secret for years since its release. How am I only the third reviewer!? Well I hope that changes in a hurry, because this is one of the best musical discoveries I've experienced for a long time.

Not that it was much of a gamble, really. Come on, Tony Levin is legendary for a reason. Jordon Rudess is like keyboard wizard (stifled now for years in Dream Theatre), and Minnemann is a drumming journeyman whose probably played with groups or artists currently in your collection. Getting them together is a sure-fire win, but probably not at the level you maybe assume ... it's better.

This record really is one of the best instrumental prog releases I've ever heard. You can compare it to Liquid Tension Experiment, but while that project (also featuring Levin and Rudess) was also heavy on Petrucci guitar and improvisation, Levin Minnemann Rudess is a meticulously crafted technical masterwork. These guys have instrumental chops that are mind-blowing, and are put on display with a very high level of songwriting finesse and ambition. You'll have a lot of fun with these tunes.

It would be difficult to go through individual songs, because they're so twisty-crazy and diverse, but suffice to say this release is modern heavy-prog that features huge riffs, timbre that ranges from manic to mellow, and improvisational highlights throughout. Tony Levin's playing is sharp, creative, and personality-filled. There really is no one that sounds quite like him; bravo Tony for continuing a 30-year streak of excellence. Rudess is like a knight in shining armor for me. I've loved his playing since I first him on 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence, but his contributions to the mediocrity of Dream Theater had me pretty much writing him off - but holy cow does he cook here. The man carries much of the melodies throughout this album, and brings tremendous energy and charm to the songs. Minnemann also impresses by shifting between the tracks' numerous style and time changes with ease. Very technical; very hip. Exceptional work across the board.

How this record has gone undiscovered here on the Archives is beyond me, but I hope everyone reading this checks it out and supports this group's collaboration. I'm rounding up to a 5-star because there really hasn't been anything quite like this for a while, and it's just excellent. A first-rate instrumental experience!

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 5 - Lyrics/Vocals: NA - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Review by kev rowland
4 stars There surely is no need to describe the musical careers and skills of Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann and Jordan Rudess, so I'm not going to bother, but given what they achieved over the years it is no surprise that I am just going to say that what we have here is an instrumental album which is certainly worth digging out. I only came across this 2013 album fairly recently, since when it has been hogging an inordinate amount of time on my player. Although all those involved have fearsome reputations for improvisation, this is actually an album of crafted material as opposed to everyone getting together in a studio and wondering what they are able to achieve.

In many ways it reminds me of Colosseum II, but without the fearsome histrionics of Gary Moore as the melodic lead is of course the keyboards of Rudess who is to keyboard playing what shredders are to the guitar. Mind you, the only way for this to really work is if the rhythm section is up to scratch but given that Tony is probably the most in-demand bassist/stick player on the planet and Marco is renowned for his work in all fields of progressive rock and jazz, that is a given. Some instrumental albums rely on the listener spending an inordinate amount of time getting to grips with the thought processes of those involved, trying to get inside the mind to uncover what they were attempting to achieve, but this is an album which can be put on and enjoyed the very first time of playing. One soon moves past the skill of those involved and instead marvels at the sheer musicality of what is being portrayed, although with a great deal of complexity. It is light, yet heavy, complex yet easy to follow, stretches boundaries yet somehow stays within the mainstream.

This is a delight from start to finish, and if, like me, you missed out when it was originally released, then this is an album definitely worth finding. It has also now been made available with an associated DVD, although mine is the single CD version.  

Latest members reviews

4 stars When I saw there was a new album with Tony Levin and Jordan Rudess I had to hear it right away. Levin is my favorite bassist, especially when he's on the Chapman Stick. Being a huge DT fan Rudess is also one of my favorites. I didn't know anything about Marco Minnemann going in but when I saw he ... (read more)

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