Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Studio album by Tortoise
Released January 30, 1996
Recorded June–September 1995
Studio Idful Music Corporation and Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago
Genre Post-rock
Length 42:56 (American version)
64:30 (non-American version)
68:42 (Japanese version)
Label Thrill Jockey THRILL025
Tortoise chronology
Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters
Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Millions Now Living Will Never Die is the second album by the Chicago-based band Tortoise. Released in 1996 by Thrill Jockey Records, Millions... is renowned as a groundbreaking album for post-rock; an uncredited review from declares that not long after the album's release, the group was "hailed as godfathers of the American 'post-rock' movement".[1] In 2006 and 2008 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. The album also appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The album's title comes from[citation needed] a phrase used in the Jehovah's Witness faith, especially in the early 1900s.[2][3] It is, for instance, the title of an essay by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who was the second president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tortoise with the exception of a portion of "The Taut and Tame," written by Bundy K. Brown

No. Title Length
1. "Djed"   20:57
2. "Glass Museum"   5:27
3. "A Survey"   2:52
4. "The Taut and Tame"   5:01
5. "Dear Grandma and Grandpa"   2:49
6. "Along the Banks of Rivers"   5:50


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

Technical personnel
  • John McEntire - producer
  • Dan Osborn - layout assistance and computer magic
  • Roger Seibel - mastering
  • Tortoise - sleeve design


  1. ^ Anonymous (1998). "Millions Now Living Will Never Die Review". Archived from the original on 17 March 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  3. ^ Millions now living
  4. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Discogs: Japanese Edition". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die liner notes. Wrapped in Rubber Music. 1996.