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Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship (Bonus Track Version)

Beacons of Ancestorship
June 23, 2009
US LP/CD, Thrill Jockey THRILL201
JP LP/CD Commmons

  1. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
  2. Prepare Your Coffin
  3. Northern Something
  4. Gigantes
  5. Penumbra
  6. Yinxianghechengqi
  7. The Fall Of Seven Diamonds Plus One
  8. Minors
  9. Monument Six One Thousand
  10. De Chelly
  11. Charteroak Foundation
  12. Ice Ice Gravy [digital only bonus track]
  13. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eyeremix [Japanese only bonus track]

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Tortoise - A Lazarus Taxon (Audio Version)

A Lazarus Taxon
August 22, 2006
US CDx3+DVD, Thrill Jockey thrill 152


  1. Gamera (1995, Gamera 12")
  2. The Source of Uncertainty (1995, Headz 2 compilation)
  3. Blackbird (2001, Standards Japanese bonus track
  4. Sexual for Elizabeth by Five Deez (2001, Sexual for Elizabeth EP)
  5. To Day Retreival (1998, Autechre 12")
  6. Whitewater (1995, Why We Fight 7")
  7. Didjeridoo (1999, Red Hot + indigo compilation)
  8. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo (1997, Autumn Sweater EP)
  9. Wait - 2005 remix (original version: 1996, from the Off Beat compilation)
  10. A Grape Dope (1996, completed 2002 for a reissue of Millions Now Living Will Never Die Japanese bonus track)
  11. Restless Waters (1995, Lounge Ax Defense & Relocation compilation)
  12. Vaus (1996, split 7" with Stereolab)
  13. Blue Station (2001, Standards Japanese bonus track)


  1. Madison Area (1998, Madison Ave 7")
  2. TNT remixed by Nobukazu Takemura (1998, TNT Japanese bonus track)
  3. Why We Fight (1995, Why We Fight 7")
  4. Emerson, Lincoln, & Palmieri (2004, It's All Around You Japanese bonus track)
  5. Peering (2001, Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape EP)
  6. Goriri (1995, Macro Dub Infection compilation)
  7. As You Said (1995, A Means to an End compilation)
  8. CTA (2001, Urban Renewal Program compilation)
  9. Deltitnu (2004, It's All Around You Japanese bonus track)
  10. Adverse Camber (1998, Autechre 12")
  11. Cliff Dweller Society (1995, Gamera 12")
  12. Waihopai (2001, Gently Cupping the Chin of the Ape EP)

3 (Rhythms, Resolutions, and Clusters)

  1. Alcohall
  2. Your New Rod
  3. Cobwebbed
  4. The Match Incident
  5. Tin Cans (The Puerto Rican Mix)
  6. Not Quite East Of The Ryan
  7. Initial Gesture Protraction
  8. Cornpone Brunch - Mike Watt remix (not on oringal release)

4 (DVD)

  1. Salt the Skies
  2. Dear Grandma and Grandpa
  3. Glass Museum
  4. Seneca
  5. Four Day Interval
  6. The Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls
  7. Live at Primavera Sound 2005 (Monica)
  8. Live in Toronto 1996 (Gamera, Glass Museum, Reservoir, Djed, The Equator, Vaus, Cornpone Brunch)
  9. Live at the Deutches Jazz Festival 1999 (Ten Day Interval, Othello)
  10. Live on "Chic-A-Go-Go" 2005 (Seneca)
  11. Live for "Burn to Shine" 2004 (Salt the Skies)

A generous 3xCD+1xDVD set of select singles, compilation tracks, Japanese bonus songs, the original Rhythms, Resolutions, and Clusters CD, and some previously unreleased songs.

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The Brave and the Bold
January 24, 2006 US CD, Overcoat, OC27
UK LP, Domino WIGLP167

  1. Cravo E Canela
  2. Thunder Road
  3. It's Expected I'm Gone
  4. Daniel
  5. Love Is Love
  6. Pancho
  7. That's Pep!
  8. Some Say (I Got Devil)
  9. Calvary Cross
  10. On My Own

An album of cover tunes with Bonnie "Prince" Billy on vocals.

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Tortoise - It's All Around You

It's All Around You
April 6, 2004
US LP/CD, Thrill Jockey, thrill 115
JP CD, Tokuma

  1. It's All Around You - [MP3]
  2. The Lithium Stiffs - [MP3]
  3. Crest
  4. Stretch (You Are All Right) - [MP3]
  5. Unknown
  6. Dot/Eyes
  7. On the Chin
  8. By Dawn - [MP3]
  9. Five Too Many
  10. Salt the Skies
  11. Emerson, Lincoln, & Palmieri [Japanese-only bonus track]
  12. Deltitnu [Japanese-only bonus track]

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Tortoise - Standards

Feb 20, 2001
US CD, Thrill Jockey, thrill 089
UK CD, Warp, 81
JP CD, Tokuma TKCB-72059

  1. Seneca - [MP3]
  2. Eros
  3. Benway
  4. Firefly - [MP3]
  5. Six Pack
  6. Eden 2
  7. Monica - [MP3]
  8. Blackjack
  9. Eden 1
  10. Speakeasy - [MP3]
  11. Blackbird [Japanese-only bonus track]
  12. Blue Station [Japanese-only bonus track]

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Tortoise - TNT

Mar 10, 1998
US CD/2LP Thrill Jockey, thrill 050
UK CD/2LP City Slang,
JP CD Tokuma TKCB-71338

  1. TNT
  2. Swung from the Gutters
  3. Ten-Day Interval - [MP3]
  4. I Set My Face to the Hillside - [MP3]
  5. The Equator
  6. A Simple Way to Go Faster than Light that Does Not Work
  7. The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls - [MP3]
  8. Four-Day Interval
  9. In Sarah, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Women and Men
  10. Almost Always is Nearly Enough
  11. Jetty
  12. Everglade - [MP3]
  13. TNT (Nobukazu Takemura remix) - [MP3] [Japanese-only bonus track]

The first full-length album with Jeff Parker.

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1996, 2001 - JP CD Tokuma, TKCB-71016
1998 - US CD Thrill Jockey, 12.9

  1. Djed (Bruise Blood mix by U.N.K.L.E.) - [MP3]
  2. Tjed (remix by John McEntire)
  3. Bubble Economy (remix by Marcus Popp)
  4. Learning Curve (remix by Marcus Popp)
  5. Galapagos [version one] (remix by Springheel Jack) - [MP3]
  6. Reference Resistance Gate (remix by Jim O'Rourke)
  7. Taut & Tame (remix by Luke Vibert)
  8. Find the One (remix by Bundy K. Brown)
  9. Adverse Camber (remix by Autechre) [Japanese-reissue bonus track]

The collected remixes from the 12" series from 1996. Released in 1998 in the USA as a limited edition tour special with a green cover. Reissued in Japan with the green cover and a bonus track from the Autechre 12".

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Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Millions Now Living Will Never Die
January 30, 1996
US LP/CD Thrill Jockey, thrill 025
UK CD City Slang
JP CD Tokuma, TKCB-70931

  1. Djed - [MP3]
  2. Glass Museum
  3. A Survey
  4. The Taut And Tame - [MP3]
  5. Dear Grandma And Grandpa
  6. Along The Banks Of Rivers
  7. Gamera - [MP3] [Japanese-only bonus track]
  8. Goriri [Japanese-only bonus track]
  9. Restless Waters [Japanese-only bonus track]
  10. A Grape Dope [Japanese-reissue bonus track]

First full-length album with David Pajo. Reissued in Japan with different bonus tracks in 2002.

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A Digest Compendium of the Tortoise's World
November 21, 1996
JP CD Tokuma, TKCB-70932

  1. Tin Cans & Twine - [MP3]
  2. Tin Cans & Twine (Puerto Rican Mix)
  3. Alcohall
  4. Night Air
  5. Gooseneck
  6. Onions Wrapped in Rubber
  7. Spiderwebbed
  8. Cobwebbed (incorrectly printed as "Cobnebbed")
  9. Your New Rod
  10. Ry Cooder (the Beer Incident) - [MP3]
  11. Not Quite East of the Ryan
  12. Reservoir - [MP3]
  13. Cornpone Brunch
  14. Whitewater - [MP3]
  15. Initial Gesture Protraction

Japanese-only compilation featuring tracks from the eponymous debut, Rhythms, singles and compilation appearances.

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Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters
US LP/CD Thrill Jockey, thrill 019
UK CD City Slang, 04957

  1. Alcohall
    Your New Rod
    The Match Incident
    Tin Cans (The Puerto Rican Mix)
    Not Quite East Of The Ryan
    Initial Gesture Protraction

Limited edition tour release, later compiled on A Lazarus Taxon with track indexes.

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Tortoise - Tortoise

June 22, 1994
US CD/LP Thrill Jockey thrill 013
UK CD City Slang, 04950
JP CD Tokuma, TKCB-72227

  1. Magnet Pulls Through
  2. Night Air
  3. Ry Cooder
  4. Onions Wrapped In Rubber
  5. Tin Cans & Twine - [MP3]
  6. Spiderwebbed
  7. His Second Story Island
  8. On Noble
  9. Flyrod
  10. Cornpone Brunch
  11. Mosquito [Japanese-only bonus track]

Initially released with brown cardboard cover, followed by white digipack, then by a brown digipack.

S I N G L E S and E P s

Gently cupping the chin of the ape, 2001
Limited edition 2001 tour special

    Audio: Waihopai / Peering
    Video: Seneca (music video directed by Braden King) / Tortoise 98 live in Australia and Japan / Rehearsal 2001

    US CD, Thrill Jockey 12.22

In the Fishtank, 1999
collaboration between Tortoise members and members of The Ex

Autechre, 1998
remixes of "Ten-Day Interval"

Derrick Carter, 1998
remixes of "In Sarah, Menchen,..."

Tour 1998
Available only at the 1998 tour.

Djed, 1996

Music for Workgroups, the Oval remixes, 1996
remixes by Markus Popp of Oval

Rivers, 1996

The Taut and Tame, 1996

    The Taut And The Tame (Remixed by Luke Vibert) / Find the One (Wait, Abstraction No. 3) (Remixed by Bundy K Brown)

    US 12" Thrill Jockey, thrill 12.5/Shell 004
    UK 12" City Slang

Vaus, 1996
Split with Stereolab's "Speedy Car" - Approximately 4000 copies pressed. No official color breakdown is listed, however it is believed approx. 3000 copies are blue and approx. 1000 copies are orange. The orange copies were distributed in Japan during that part of the tour.

    Vaus (misspelled as Yaus)

    UK 7" Duophonic, 1996, D-UHF-D12

Gamera, 1995
According to Duophonic's July '97 Lab Report the Gamera 12" color breakdown goes like this: 1500 red, 1500 clear, 1500 black, 1000 fluorescent yellow. And since this was a limited edition (everything on Duophonic Super 45's is) there would have been only one pressing (the stamper male master was never removed, only the color of the vinyl pellets was changed).

Why We Fight, 1995
Re-released in 1996 with a different cover

    Why We Fight / Whitewater

    UK 7" Soul Static Sound, Soul 7

Lonesome Sound, 1993
Released in a poster sleeve

Mosquito, 1993
Released in a poster sleeve

    Mosquito / Onions Wrapped in Rubber / Gooseneck

    US 7" Torsion Music, B17-003-7"

C O M P I L A T I O N   A P P E A R A N C E S

Moog (Original Film Soundtrack), 2004
Documentary on Bob Moog

    Beautiful Love

    US CD Hollywood 2061-62471

Derrick L. Carter - Nearest Hits & Greatest Misses, 2003

    In Sarah, Menchen, Christ And Beethoven There Were Women And Men (D's Winter Crazy Dub)

    UK CD Classic CMCCD108

Urban Renewal Program, 2002


    US CD Chocolate Industries CHLT027

All Tomorrow's Parties 1.0, 2001
Sold at the 2001 festival.

Red, Hot + Indigo, 2001
The Red Hot AIDS benefit organization's album for 2001, a tribute to Duke Ellington.

Chicago 2018: It's Gonna Change, 2000
German compilation of Chicago artists.

Reach the Rock, 1999
Soundtrack to John Hughes film, scored by John McEntire, featuring one Tortoise song.

In Flux US, 1998


    AU CD Augogo Records, ANDA228CD

Wow & Flutter, 1997

United Mutations, 1997
Soul Static Sound owner, D remixed this one which originally appeared on 7"

The Lounge Ax Defense & Relocation Compact Disc, 1996

    Restless Waters

    US CD Touch and Go, 1996, TG 130

Headz 2, 1996
This is actually a remix/revisit of "Why We Fight"

    The Source of Uncertainty

    UK 8LP/2CD Set, Mo'Wax, MW061

Offbeat: A Red Hot Sound Trip, 1996
The Red Hot Organization AIDS benefit release for 1996. Noted as "written and performed with Jeff Parker" who became a fulltime member officially afterwards.


    US 2LP/CD Wax Trax, TVT 7238-2

Fünfzig Jahre City Slang, 1995

A Means To An End, 1995
Joy Division tribute album

    As You Said

    US CD Virgin, 1995, 40660

The Future Sound of Jazz Vol.2

    Ry Cooder

    DE CD Compost Records

Macro Dub Infection, Volume One


    UK CD Virgin, 1995, AMBTLP 7
    US CD Caroline, 1995, 1795

Brainblo, 1993

    Lonesome Sound

    US 3x7" Casting Couch

R E M I X E S / O T H E R T H I N G S

Five Deez - Sexual for Elizabeth, 2001

    Sexual for Elizabeth (Tortoise Remix)

    US 12" Counterflow CF019

Tom Zé - Post Modern Platos, 1999

Techno Animal versus Reality, 1998

Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater, 1997

    Autumn Sweater remix

    US CD Matador

Coldcut - More Beats & Pieces, 1997

    More Beats & Pieces - John McEntire Tortoise Mix

    UK CD/12" Ninja Tune

Red Snapper - Loopascoopa, 1996

    Crusoe Takes A Trip - John McEntire Tortoise Mix

    UK CD/12" Ninja Tune

If you find a track called "Gloria" allegedly by Tortoise, it isn't these people.

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