A Lazarus Taxon

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A Lazarus Taxon
Box set by Tortoise
Released August 21, 2006 (2006-08-21)
Recorded 1993–2005
Genre Post-rock
Length 69:05 (CD1)
73:17 (CD2)
37:07 (CD3)
179:29 (total)
Label Thrill Jockey
Tortoise chronology
The Brave and the Bold
(2006)
A Lazarus Taxon
(2006)
Beacons of Ancestorship
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Baltimore City Paper favorable[2]
Drowned in Sound 5/10[3]
Harp favorable[4]
Pitchfork 9.2/10[5]
The Stranger 4/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine A[7]
Time Out 4/6[8]
URB 3.5/5 stars[9]

A Lazarus Taxon is a box set by Chicago post-rock group Tortoise, released in 2006 on Thrill Jockey.

Release[edit]

The set contains three CDs, one DVD and an accompanying 20-page booklet. The CDs contain 33 tracks of rare material from tour, compilation and non-American releases, the band's out of print 1995 album Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters, which compiled remixes by friends of the band including Steve Albini, Rick Brown, Jim O'Rourke and Brad Wood, and other previously unreleased material including a restored remix by the Minutemen's Mike Watt that was delivered too late for inclusion on Rhythms... and subsequently fell victim to a malfunctioning DAT machine. Tortoise bassist Bundy K Brown himself restored the tape, twelve years after it was recorded.[10] The DVD contains most of the band's music videos as well as over two hours of "extensive and rare" live performance footage.[11] The set was compiled by the band themselves.[12]

The set's title is derived from the palaeontological term "lazarus taxon", meaning a taxon (or grouping of organisms) that disappears from the fossil record only to reappear again at a later point, which in turn refers back to the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus in the New Testament.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tortoise except where noted.

Disc 1 (CD)[edit]

  1. "Gamera" – 11:53
  2. "The Source of Uncertainty" – 3:42
  3. "Blackbird" – 5:01
  4. "Sexual for Elizabeth" (Shingo Annen/Dan Bitney/John Herndon/Patrick Johnson/Jon Marshall/Doug McCombs/John McEntire/Jeff Parker) – 4:49
    • Tortoise remix of "Sexual for Elizabeth" by Five Deez
  5. "To Day Retrieval" – 3:58
  6. "Whitewater" (John McEntire) – 5:07
  7. "Didjeridoo" (Duke Ellington) – 4:33
  8. "Autumn Sweater" (Georgia Hubley/Ira Kaplan/James McNew) – 7:07
  9. "Wait" (Jeff Parker) – 4:27
  10. "A Grape Dope" – 4:12
  11. "Restless Waters" – 3:41
  12. "Vaus" – 5:01
  13. "Blue Station" (Doug McCombs/Curtis Roads) – 5:34

Disc 2 (CD)[edit]

  1. "Madison Area" – 3:27
  2. "TNT" – 10:03
  3. "Why We Fight" – 4:23
  4. "Elmerson, Lincoln, and Palmieri" – 2:39
  5. "Peering" – 5:11
  6. "Goriri" – 6:40
  7. "As You Said" (Ian Curtis/Bernard Sumner/Peter Hook/Steve Morris) – 4:21
  8. "CTA" – 5:07
  9. "Deltitnu" – 5:50
  10. "Adverse Camber" – 6:00
    • A different Autechre remix of "Ten-Day Interval"
  11. "Cliff Dweller Society" (Dan Bitney/Bundy K. Brown/Dan Fliegel/John Herndon/Doug McCombs/John McEntire) – 15:23
  12. "Waihopai" – 4:13

Disc 3 (CD)[edit]

Tracks 1-7 previously issued as Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters (1995).

  1. "Alcohall" – 4:03
  2. "Your New Rod" – 4:18
    • Rick Brown remix of "Flyrod"
  3. "Cobwebbed" – 4:38
    • Casey Rice remix of "Spiderwebbed"
  4. "The Match Incident" – 5:31
  5. "Tin Can Puerto Rican Remix" – 4:24
  6. "Not Quite East of the Ryan" – 5:08
    • Bundy K. Brown remix of "Spiderwebbed" plus elements from other tracks
  7. "Initial Gesture Protraction" – 4:47
  8. "Cornpone Brunch Watt Remix" – 4:18
    • Mike Watt remix of "Cornpone Brunch" featuring extra bass guitars by Mike Watt and Kira Roeseler
  9. "Jetty_99" – 5:48
    • iTunes bonus track

Disc 4 (DVD)[edit]

  1. "Salt the Skies" (video)
  2. "Dear Grandma and Grandpa" (video)
  3. "Glass Museum" (video)
  4. "Seneca" (video)
  5. "Four Day Interval" (video)
  6. "The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls" (video)
  7. "Monica" (video)
    • Live at Primavera Sound, 2005
  8. "Gamera"/"Glass Museum"/"Reservoir"/"Djed"/"The Equator"/"Vaus"/"Cornpone Brunch"
    • Live in Toronto, 1996
  9. "Ten Day Interval"/"Othello"
    • Live at Deutsches Jazz Festival, 1999
  10. "Seneca"
  11. "Salt the Skies"

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 42
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 42

References[edit]

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