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Tortoise

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley This is where it started...and it still feels like a breath of fresh air!
After all these years it is difficult music to pin down stylistically (the whole point,really) because of the vast range of musical references it accesses.
Yet it is wholly original and of itself...a perfect launch and trajectory for all that was to come.
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    LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a chipboard jacket with insert.

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    The CD is packaged in a 6 panel gatefold package printed on chipboard and now includes an extra panel of credits that mirror the first pressing.

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Tortoise's self-titled debut incorporates many musical styles and influences and combines them into one very distince sound. So distinct that sometime after the release of this record they became recognized as the leaders of a new musical movement. Tortoise exploits the recording studio, in that they utilize the recording process as a compostional tool or "sixth member", thus creating a boundless parameter in which to create music. Recorded at Idful Studios by John McEntire.

For this record Tortoise is
Douglas McCombs
John Herndon
Dan Bitney
John McEntire
Bundy K. Brown

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released September 1, 1994

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Tortoise Chicago, Illinois

Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own. ... more

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