Liquid Tension Experiment – Liquid Tension Experiment 3 LP levy
Label: Inside Out Music – IOMLP 582, Sony Music – 19439837751
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 Gram
Released: Apr 16, 2021
Style: Progressive Metal, Prog Rock
Kunto: Uusi (Mint)
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A1 Hypersonic 8:22
A2 Beating The Odds 6:09
B1 Liquid Evolution 3:23
B2 The Passage of Time 7:32
C1 Chris & Kevin's Amazing Odyssey 5:04
C2 Rhapsody In Blue 13:16
D1 Shades Of Hope 4:42
D2 Key To The Imagination 13:14
CD-1 Hypersonic 8:25
CD-2 Beating The Odds 6:08
CD-3 Liquid Evolution 3:25
CD-4 The Passage Of Time 7:32
CD-5 Chris & Kevin's Amazing Odyssey 5:04
CD-6 Rhapsody In Blue 13:11
CD-7 Shades Of Hope 4:44
CD-8 Key To The Imagination 13:14
iquid Tension Experiment 3 is the third studio album by the American instrumental progressive metal super group Liquid Tension Experiment. Released on April 16, 2021, it is their first studio effort since 1999's Liquid Tension Experiment 2.
The regular edition of the album contains eight tracks, including two duets, one "on-the-fly jam" and one "meticulously arranged cover"; the bonus disc comes with almost one hour of improvisations. It was released in digital, CD, LP and Blu-ray formats, including a limited 2CD+Blu-ray artbook edition and a limited deluxe hot pink box set.
A video for the song "The Passage of Time", their first composition in 22 years, was released on January 22, 2021 This was followed up by a video for "Beating the Odds" on February 26, 2021, and then by a video for "Hypersonic" on March 24, 2021.
Background and writing
On December 14, 2020, band members Tony Levin (bass), John Petrucci (guitars), Jordan Rudess (keyboards) and Mike Portnoy (drums) released a series of posts on social media (pictures of themselves wearing surgical masks spelling out "LTE 3") teasing a third Liquid Tension Experiment album; a picture of the four of them together with the same masks was posted the following day. On December 17, 2020, it was formally announced that Liquid Tension Experiment 3 would be released by Inside Out Music in the second quarter of 2021. The date, later announced to be March 26, has since been delayed to April 16, 2021, due to printing errors by the manufacturer.
The album had been recorded secretly in August 2020, at the Dream Theater studio named DTHQ. Portnoy had previously recorded drums for Petrucci's solo album Terminal Velocity at the studio, their first release together since 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings (with Dream Theater); the band would re-use the studio for the LTE sessions. Portnoy and Rudess also had performed together during a Cruise to the Edge a few years before. The drummer said that the "insanity of 2020" allowed them some time to reunite.
Like Liquid Tension Experiment 2, each song is described by the band in detail within the liner notes.
The track "Chris & Kevin's Amazing Odyssey" is a follow-up to "Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure" (from Liquid Tension Experiment) and "Chris & Kevin's Bogus Journey" (from Spontaneous Combustion); Chris and Kevin is how a photographer mistakenly called Mike and Tony during photo sessions for the first album, and that has since remained a recurring internal joke and is used to title duets between the drummer and the bassist. It is a drum-and-bass duet featuring Levin on the electric upright bass.
"Rhapsody in Blue", composed by George Gershwin, was arranged and performed by the band during their 2008 tour; the band would record a studio version of the arrangement for the album. The middle section of the band's 2008 arrangement was inspiration for the middle section of "The Count of Tuscany" off Black Clouds & Silver Linings; also, the standard clarinet introduction was played by Levin on the Chapman Stick.
All credits sourced from liner notes.
- John Petrucci – guitars, production
- Tony Levin – Chapman Stick, bass guitar, electric upright bass, production, photography
- Jordan Rudess – keyboards, production
- Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, production
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