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3.26 | 31 ratings | 6 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chasms (5:21)
2. The Train (4:44)
3. We Stand in Sapphire Silence (5:45)
4. Smoke (0:49)
5. Etude in the Key of Guildford (3:13)
6. Espresso and the Bed of Nails (4:46)
7. Mingled Roots (3:49)
8. Nyatiti (4:19)
9. Jewels (3:48)
10. La Tristesse Amoureuse De La Nuit (4:58)
11. Heat (6:33)
12. I Cry to the Dolphined Sea (5:41)
13. The Sound of Goodbye (3:14)

Total Time 57:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Levin / Chapman Stick, bass, NS electric upright bass, harmony vocals (2), producer

- Shankar / double violin & vocals (1)
- Ayub Ogada / nyatiti & vocals (2,8)
- Bendik Hofseth / tenor (4,12) & soprano (12) saxophones
- Brian Yamakoshi / koto (3,13)
- Levon Minassian / duduk (7,10)
- Jerry Marotta / drums (3,12)
- Bill Bruford / electronic drums (5,9)
- Manu Katché / drums (10)
- Nexus / percussion (6,11)

Releases information

Artwork: Hand tinted photos by TL himself

CD Papa Bear Records ‎- PBCD1 (1995, US)

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TONY LEVIN World Diary ratings distribution

(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

TONY LEVIN World Diary reviews

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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
1 stars Don't be angry with me...I fully recognize TONY LEVIN as a great artist,as a master of Chapman stick and bass but this album is very boring...This is just not a prog rock album,this is rather an ethnic album with some rock and jazz tendecies but that's not real problem of the album...The main problem is that the few good music ideas are lost in their own duration...The songs start,flow and finish with the same music theme and that is one thing that I cannot stand,that ain't prog...Sorry guys but...
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I only own Tony Levin's first two solo albums (his second made me fear laying out money for any of his others), and this one, by far, is the better of the two. The songwriting is very good, but don't expect any blazing bass solos, just tasteful, and sometimes complex, bottom notes.

The guy had played with Yes (as ABWH), Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and more. But he chose to play a combination of lightish fusion (don't confuse it with the easy listening of his second album) and world music. And mostly it works.

Standout tracks are Etude In The Key Of Guildford, a song made even better on the Bruford Levin Upper Extremities CD, and Espresso and the Bed of Nails, a song that builds to a frantic pace by the end.

The album does loes some steam by the last two tracks, but that shouldn't make you pass it by.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This album is really a masterpiece. The bass here is really great. The sounds in the album takes you through the differente ambients in the world. The music is very subtle and very difficult to follow. But it is great, after you have listen to it more than one or two hundred times. A this moment you ... (read more)

Report this review (#254526) | Posted by amontes | Sunday, December 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars World Diary is quite distinct in style from Levin's later solo projects, but no less aesthetically pleasing. At first blush the work seems to fluctuate back and forth between laid-back modern arrangements and more "world-music" constructions. However, what unifies this work is Levin's own perso ... (read more)

Report this review (#190115) | Posted by convocation | Friday, November 21, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Tony Levin is one of the most wanted bassists and the list of albums on which he played is so long that you may be sure you'll find at least five albums that you really love but had no idea that Levin was one of those who created it. Now he goes solo and it sounds... well, I should say "listen fo ... (read more)

Report this review (#122931) | Posted by Ampersand | Monday, May 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This first solo album from Tony Levin has a well chosen title: World Diary. A gathering of top-class musicians from all around the world playing world music. The songs here are very eclectic, ranging from technical rythmic songs to beautiful emotional pieces. The overall feeling I got from thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#68632) | Posted by zaxx | Monday, February 6, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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