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2.81 | 33 ratings | 6 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bone & Flesh (6:43)
2. Waters Of Eden (4:50)
3. Icarus (5:34)
4. Gecko Walk (5:01)
5. Belle (4:01)
6. Pillar Of Fire (6:42)
7. Boulevard Of Dreams (6:46)
8. Opal Road (6:22)
9. Utopia (7:58)

Total Time: 54:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Levin / NS electric upright (6) & fretless basses, NS electric cello (1,2), co-producer

- Jeff Pevar / electric (3,4,6,9) & acoustic (3,8) guitars
- California Guitar Trio (Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya
and Paul Richards) / acoustic guitars (2)
- David Torn / guitars, loops & electric oud (1), drum programming (4)
- Larry Fast / synthesizers (1,4,6,8,9)
- David Sancious / piano & synthesizer (2), virtual soprano sax (3)
- Pete Levin / synthesizer (5)
- Warren Bernhardt / piano (7)
- Steve Gorn / bansuri flute (1,8)
- Jerry Marotta / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Edward J. Ajaj

CD Virgin ‎- VNDCD76 (2000, Europe)
CD Narada ‎- 72438-49132-2-9 (2000, US)

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TONY LEVIN Waters Of Eden ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (48%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

TONY LEVIN Waters Of Eden reviews

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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Tony Levin is great bassist, first of all associated with Peter Gabriel and one of King Crimson's line up. This, his second solo album, is warm and pleasant one. Its sound was a bit unexpected for me.

Nothing reminds technical, cool and angular sound of King Crimson there. Jazz-rock, quite rounded, melodic, soft, sometimes even romantic and melancholic. Very often missing its jazz element and just sounding as simphonic prog. Some great names in supporting musicians team (Marotta, David Torn, David Sancious, etc). Really very intelligent, almost comfortable music. Without being cheese.

Possibly I expected more technical, energetic, faster sound, may be even aggressive one. No, I hardly found it here. But what I found was excellent equivalent.

Not a masterpiece, but very competent and pleasant music, could be interesting for very different listeners - from Levin/KC fans till soft jazz rock lovers.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
1 stars Tony Levin's second album? The followup to the mellow, but not bad World Diary? With Jerry Marotta, David Torn, Larry Fast and David Sancious? With Levin on the cover, in a wife beater, wearing his flying fingers, looking like he's ripping into his bass? It's gonna be great!


Levin got it completely bass-ackwards. Instead of wild, inspired bass playing, we get an album suitable for the Kenny G fan. The only things slightly of interest, and only slightly, are the two pseudo-ethnic pieces (like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel et al would make when they ran out of good ideas), Bone & Flesh and Pillar Of Fire, and the vaguely Pink Floyd-like Utopia.

This album made me afraid to buy and of his subsequent albums.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars With Tony Levin and his experience with bands like King Crimson and the like, you would expect a really great solo album with a lot of technical bass and complexities with jazz fusion leanings and a lot of improvisation. With 'Waters of Eden', what you end up with more than anything is something that sounds mostly like bad New Age music with a couple of tracks that are not bad, but most of them sounding dated and repetitive.

'Bone & Flesh' starts out as a nice atmospheric piece with shades of experimental and lush tones. About halfway through, it changes to a lilting world dance style with a heavy beat and a distinct melody, then ends with the soft sounds again.

'Waters of Eden' uses a violin and piano as backing to Levin's bass plucking out a nice melody. He later adds electric cello which takes over the melody. The California Guitar Trio guests on this track adding acoustic guitar later on in the track.

'Icarus' has a more mysterious edge to it with a sax taking the melody which is later shadowed with bass. The foundation of the song is good enough, but it sounds like a Kenny G melody, to 'smooth jazz' sounding for my taste.

'Gecko Walk' has a mid-tempo beat provided mostly by programmed percussion. The bass takes the melody again shadowed later with electric guitar. The main melody isn't very interesting, and overall the track falls flat with hardly any improvising at all, just a repeating of the main melody and very little variation.

'Belle' is a slow ballad with bass and piano providing the melody. It sounds like something you would hear in an elevator that probably would have been a big hit in New Age circles. It sounds very dated. You can sum it up in one word'.'Ugh!'

'Pillar of Fire' has a good driving rhythm and bass riff with electric guitar providing the main melody. The percussion has that world beat again like in track 1. Unfortunately, the 'Fire' gets doused at the 2 minute mark. The beat comes back about a minute later, and this pattern continues without a lot of variation again. At least it starts to get more intense towards the last part, but then when you think it might get good, it really does something stupid; it fades out.

'Boulevard of Dreams' has more of an improvised feel, the piano and bass creating a nice real jazz flavor, it is slow jazz, but at least it's not so New Age-y this time. It's actually a great track and has what most of the rest of the album lacks and so desperately needs: improvisation. Very nice.

'Opal Road' lets the acoustic guitar take the lead again with the bass shadowing later. It returns to that new age feel again. There's too much structure where looseness would have made things better. The repetitiveness just gets to boring.

'Utopia' is the final and also longest track on the album. At least you hope for a nice, rousing finale. It starts with a meandering bass melody with shimmering synths providing a feeling that something amazing is about to happen. When it does, it's just a mid tempo beat with a melodic bass playing a melody that is supposed to sound heroic. It just slogs on for 8 minutes, then fades out.

This is mostly a very frustrating album. Tony composed these tracks, but unfortunately only comes close to hitting the mark you expect in 3 of them. There is no doubt that Tony is an accomplished instrumentalist as he has proven over and over, so why he chose to make this more melody based so that it sounds like a New Age album instead of allowing for more improvisation from the talented musicians involved here is beyond me. It would have made more sense to release this kind of music in 1990, but in the year 2000, this even sounded dated. As much as I want to love Levin's solo albums, I end up coming away just feeling frustrated. I'm sorry to say this, but you are better off just leaving this one alone.

Latest members reviews

4 stars AMAZING 'PAPA BEAR' I don't know if there's another bass player who is more influential and important than Tony Levin. I know for sure there are plenty of talented and high skilled bassists, but I really doubt that there is one with the experience, versatility, charisma and importance of 'Pap ... (read more)

Report this review (#134675) | Posted by FranMuzak | Thursday, August 23, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "Waters of Eden" differ from "World Diary" quite a lot, but Levin has succeeded in maintaing the excellent level with which he started his solo career. What changed is that Levin himself composed all the tracks here and almost all the tracks feature bass/stick as the main lead instrument. The c ... (read more)

Report this review (#122935) | Posted by Ampersand | Monday, May 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Waters Of Eden" has a much more personnal feeling than its predecessor "World Diary" (Tony Levin wrote all the songs this time). More traditionnal instruments are used this time: bass, drums, guitar, piano/synth. The music - more rock oriented - is much more melodic and less technical. I woul ... (read more)

Report this review (#68684) | Posted by zaxx | Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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