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Need for Not

Levitation Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 May 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B00002738U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!!!!!!!! 13 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Stunning psychedelic guitar with EXTREMELY heavy guitar, hippy ambience, heavy riffs beautiful walls of sound. I CANNOT RECOMMEND LEVITATION ENOUGH! Buy 'Coterie' as well cos they both are vital to show how good they were, how varied.....oh ill shut up now just BUY it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 30 Mar 2010
By MH
Format:Audio CD
The greatest album of the early 90s, or indeed of any other time. Levitation were truly so far ahead of their contemporaries that they weren't even in the same race, and even today in 2010 this is still a vision of a future for music that sadly never was. The power and positivism that radiates through these grooves remains truly staggering, while the band are an almost uncontrollable elemental force, every member vital and contributing. The flame that burns brightest burns fastest, unfortunately - but OH! what a light it gives.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May the Fourth Be With You 27 Nov 2002
By echo
Format:Audio CD
Actually released on May 4 1992 (hence the pun!), this album is probably one of the most intense released that year. Alongside the Cardiacs, Verve and Spiritualized, Levitation were at the forefront of the 'new prog' movement. They hated to be described as that, citing Krautrock and New York pioneers Television as some of their influences. Nevertheless, their ambitious dynamic guitar-led rock led to accusations of being too OTT for the shoegazing that was the then fashion - not a bad thing in my view.
The album itself soars from the visceral thrill of 'Hangnail' to the calming mantras of 'Smile' and 'Arcs of Light and Dew'. 'Smile' was a poor cover of their seminal happy/sad epic (from their first EP), but it is worth listening to and enjoying if you can't get hold of the EPs. Also worthy of the price [...] are 'Resist' and 'Pieces of Mary', both laden with massive guitars and more alternative hooks than you could shake a stick at.
Sadly no more (Levitation split acrimoniously later the next year), Dark Star emerged from the ashes but also split due to contract difficulties. Sad.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
For a brief period in the early 90's Levitation were one of my favourite bands. Then "Need for Not" was released. It turned out to be a pretty average album. The promise shown by the driving rhythm of "World Around" and the truly amazing "Smile" was not fullfilled by the rest of the album, though "Hangnail" is a great song. My greatest disappointment was the version of "Smile" recorded. The original 12" release is still one of the best songs ever written. On the album, however, this song was sped through, presumably to produce an album of a "suitable" length for their record label bosses. I rebought this album recently, having given my original copy away, and now a few years wiser I still think they ruined "Smile", but the rest of the album hangs together pretty well. If you can get the original "Smile", do...it's amazing. As it stands, I would recommend "Need For Not", but it is by no means indispensable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sera69
Format:Audio CD
Following a well-publicized fall-out with frontman Guy Chadwick, guitarist Terry Bickers left the House of Love in 1990 to form Levitation with bassist Laurence O'Keefe, keyboardist Robert White, guitarist Christian Hayes and drummer Dave Francollini. A series of brilliant live gigs quickly cemented the fledgling group's status among the British press, while interviews with the eccentric Bickers, in which he expounded freely on topics including prog-rock revivals, flying saucers, reincarnation, bacchanalian revelry and Egyptology, further established the band as media darlings.

Anticipation was high for Levitation's recorded debut, and 1991's Coppelia EP did not disappoint: a shimmering, majestic effort highlighted by the narcotic epic "Smile," it also featured excursions into delicate psychedelia ("Rosemary Jones") and distorted pop ("Paid in Kind"). The follow-up, The After Ever EP, was equally strong, and the two records were later combined with live material and a pair of new tracks, "Squirrel" and "It's Time," as the full-length Coterie.

In 1992, Levitation issued the superb Need for Not album, soon signing to major label Chrysalis. In the wake of the release of 1993's Even When Your Eyes Are Open EP, the group mounted a British tour; while playing London's Tufnell Park Dome, Bickers abruptly announced "Oh, dear. We've completely lost it, haven't we?" and left the stage, never to return to the band and refusing to publicly discuss his exit. (He subsequently worked under the alias Cradle.) In his absence, the remaining members of Levitation hired new vocalist Steven Ludwin and issued an EP, King of Mice; the 1994 full-length Meanwhile Gardens, a patchy collection of re-recordings of old songs as well as new material, was issued only in Australia, and was the unit's final effort.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally people are catching up with this! 13 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I heard Yorkshire band The Music's new album, which is getting rave reviews (quite rightly), I was reminded of Need For Not. What a fantastic album it was and is. Sometimes it's almost prog rock, but always with that full-on energy bursting out and so much fresher than grunge which was all the rage at the time. There must be hundreds of albums over the years that just get ignored or are too far ahead of their time to be acceptable, and this is definitely one of them.
Anyway, any fans of Levitation that wish there could've been more, buy The Music's album. Any fans of The Music that can't wait for their next album, get Need For Not right now!
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