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by Stick Men

King Crimson's drummer and Stick player team up with a second Stick player for unique hard edged progressive rock, including heavy rock rendition of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soup
5:44 $0.99
2. Hands pt1
3:06 $0.99
3. Hands pt2
3:33 $0.99
4. Hands pt3
2:06 $0.99
5. Inside the Red Pyramid
4:45 $0.99
6. Fugue
5:49 $0.99
7. Sasquatch
5:43 $0.99
8. Scarlet Wheel
5:19 $0.99
9. Firebird Suite pt1
2:55 $0.99
10. Firebird Suite pt2
4:11 $0.99
11. Firebird Suite pt3
3:12 $0.99
12. Firebird Suite pt4
3:03 $0.99
13. Relentless
6:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
King Crimson alumni Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto join with Chapman Stick master Michael Bernier to release ‘Soup,’ a completely unique album featuring multiple Sticks. They will follow it with a world tour, including dates in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Tony Levin introduced the world to the unique finger-tapped sound of the Chapman Stick in the opening riff of “Elephant Talk” on the seminal 1981 King Crimson album ‘Discipline’. Since then, he has become the premier player of the all-fingerboard instrument that incorporates both bass and guitar strings and combines the playing techniques of four instruments- guitar, bass, piano, and drums.

On ‘Soup,’ Levin joins with Mastelotto (drums) and Bernier to showcase 56 minutes of hard-edged progressive rock for this rarely-heard instrument which they have been honing on the road for the past year. Songs include the title track, a whimsical ode to the Large Hadron Collidor, an ominous rock rendition of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Ballet,” the classically-structured “Fugue,” and “Relentless,” where high-energy speed playing meets classical bowed sections.

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree mixed the title track, with additional mixes by Tony Lash, Larry DeVivo, and by Stick Men.



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#1 KC standard
Brutal, beautiful, fragile and awfuly well played - a new dimension of the concept King Crimson ...... soundwise


Each player on Stick Men is a virtuoso of prog rock on his instrument(s). Listen for the sheer enjoyment of their technical expertise. The electronic arrangement of FireBird Suite is also testament to their education and technical training. I'm especially fond of Tony Levin's abilities on basses and electronic cello.

I can hear Stick Men going for "unique" even in the spoken play on words at the beginning of Soup. From a musical standpoint, most of the songs don't hold up as well. It's not always easy to follow the framework of the pieces and, frankly, after the first listen to the album, I skipped over a few tracks on subsequent runs.

Definitely worth a listen and highly recommended to check them out live.