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Need for Not [Import]

LevitationAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 5, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ha
  • ASIN: B00002738U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Bickers' Short-Lived Dream August 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The "Shame It's Out-of-Print" File grows. Founded in 1990 by former House of Love guitarist Terry Bickers, Levitation only lasted four years before first Bickers left and then the band broke up. Bickers may be a total whack-job (stories of his idiosyncracies abound), but there's no denying that he and Levitation carved out a unique sound in their brief career.

There's really no one with whom Levitation can be compared. It's rock, certainly, and fairly heavy rock at that. Bickers liked to call them progressive, but that tends to evoke images of Genesis and Rush and Yes and Pink Floyd in most people's minds. Levitation sounded nothing like those bands, nor did they particularly resemble modern proggers like Dream Theater. There was something more cut-loose about Levitation, less tied to song structure. Every time you thought one of their songs was going to cozy up to a melody, all hell would break loose in a psychedelic swirl of spazzing guitars and frantic drumming. It would've been an annoying mess if there hadn't been underlying genuis at work. As it was, the talent showed through and there was more method than madness (though there was more than enough of the latter).

I'm probably failing to communicate why you should make the effort to find this album (and their other full-length release "Coterie," which is more of a hodge-podge but still great). Perhaps that's a testament to Levitation's singularity. Perhaps they represented what Porcupine Tree would sound like if Steven Wilson was very angry and did enough acid. Hard to say. One thing that's easy to say is that "Need For Not" is an unpolished and undiscovered gem. Levitation came, they saw, they conquered themselves. They did leave behind a trail of wonderful debris, though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful. June 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Oh, how I love this album! I bought it on complete impulse, mainly based on the awesomeness of its whacked-out album cover. However, I quickly realised that there's an awful lot more to Levitation than mindbending collage. The band was fatefully and unfortunately shortlived - they had some pretty weighty aspirations, according to what I've read, but never came through on them. Regardless, Need For Not should logically make a mark in the history of psychedelic/progressive rock. "Arcs of Light and Dew" is a beautiful gem of shifting sounds and lovely lyrics. "Smile" is a magically powerful rock song, both visceral and vivid. "Embedded" and "Coterie" shimmer with pseudo-shoegaze flourish. Sadly, the production values aren't quite on par with what this band/album required, and that's really my only complaint! Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates intelligent music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it before, nothing since December 19, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I remember getting this at the college radio station. Simply put one of the most dynamic and complex recordings I have ever heard. Every track from beginning to the incredible end builds twists and hynotizes. This band should have been taking off when the Stone Roses hit. If you like Pink Floyd, The Stone Roses or other hynotic, yet driving psychadelic rock check this out for a paltry $. ...PS the internal cover art is neato too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!!!!!!!! September 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Stunning psychedelic guitar with EXTREMELY heavy guitar, hippy ambience, heavy riffs beautiful walls of sound. I CANNOT RECOMMEND LEVITATION ENOUGH! Buy 'Coterie' as well cos they both are vital to show how good they were, how varied.....oh ill shut up now just BUY it!
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