Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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Millions Now Living Will Never Die
A blue and grey cover. with a school of fish
Studio album by Tortoise
Released January 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
Recorded June–September 1995
Studio Idful Music Corporation and Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago
Genre Post-rock, experimental rock
Length 42:56
Label Thrill Jockey
Producer John McEntire
Tortoise chronology
Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters
(1995)Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters1995
Millions Now Living Will Never Die
(1996)
TNT
(1998)TNT1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 5/5[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
NME 8/10[4]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Select 4/5[7]
Spin 7/10[8]
Uncut 9/10[9]
The Village Voice B−[10]

Millions Now Living Will Never Die is the second album by 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 Outersound.com declares that not long after the album's release, the group was "hailed as godfathers of the American 'post-rock' movement".[11] 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 concert series. The album also appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12] NME named it the 35th best album of 1996.[13]

The album's title is a reference to a phrase used in the Jehovah's Witness faith in the 1920s.[14][15] 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.[16] It was also the slogan of the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

By March 1998, the album had sold over 50,000 copies, with 80% as CDs and the remainder as LPs.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tortoise with the exception of a portion of "The Taut and Tame" which was 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

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[20]

Tortoise

Technical

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Millions Now Living Will Never Die – Tortoise". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Alternative Press (94): 91. May 1996. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". NME: 42. January 27, 1996. 
  5. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (July 2012). "Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Record Collector (403). Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Tortoise". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 819–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 1996). "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Select (69): 98. 
  8. ^ Salamon, Jeff (March 1996). "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Spin. 11 (12): 112–13. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Uncut (183). August 2012. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 21, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Anonymous (1998). "Millions Now Living Will Never Die Review". Archived from the original on 17 March 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  13. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1996". NME. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  14. ^ Shields, Michael (February 1, 2016). "Twenty Years Later: Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Across The Margin. 
  15. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  16. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  17. ^ Morris, Chris (7 March 1998). "Thrill Jockey's Tortoise Finds Experimentation Instrumental". Billboard. 110 (10): 14. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Discogs: Japanese Edition". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die liner notes. Wrapped in Rubber Music. 1996. 

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