Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Millions Now Living Will Never Die - Tortoise.jpg
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
(1995)
Millions Now Living Will Never Die
(1996)
TNT
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
NME 8/10[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
Select 4/5[6]
Spin 7/10[7]
Uncut 4/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice B−[9]

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 Outersound.com declares that not long after the album's release, the group was "hailed as godfathers of the American 'post-rock' movement".[10] 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.[11]

The album's title is a reference to a phrase used in the Jehovah's Witness faith in the 1920s.[12][13] 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.[14]

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

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[17]

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

External links[edit]

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 (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". NME: 42. January 27, 1996. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 1996). "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Select (69): 98. 
  7. ^ Salamon, Jeff (March 1996). "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Spin 11 (12): 112–13. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die CD". CD Universe. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 21, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Anonymous (1998). "Millions Now Living Will Never Die Review". Archived from the original on 17 March 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Shields, Michael (February 1, 2016). "Twenty Years Later: Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Across The Margin. 
  13. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  14. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  15. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Discogs: Japanese Edition". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die liner notes. Wrapped in Rubber Music. 1996.