Meanwhile Gardens

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tower_of_yaztromo Amazing record I have been listening to bootlegs of since 1994 - nothing in my collection sounds more futuristic - the sound of 5 brilliant musicians fusing 15 genres together into a unique and perfect sound. Recommended. Favorite track: Gardens Overflowing.
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cryptie66 A miracle of music, the music itself and for being available years after "then". I am gasping for every "lost song". Sad that there are more songs and they will never see the light of day (?). Levitation are Magic! Favorite track: King Of Mice.
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CMB I can't really state it any better than the product page. This album could have/should have been a milestone in the pantheon of guitar-driven Alt/Art Rock albums of the early 90's, and the folks at Flashback have done a magnificent job resurrecting it from oblivion. A 22-year dream finally realised. What a gift! Favorite track: I Believe.
Trey Brewski
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Trey Brewski Great outro song to the collection, I feel the bass is too far in the back ground but this album has been on constant replay since I got it so!!! Favorite track: Food For Powder.
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Pablo Daniel Bujan Matas Loved Levitation for ages and this was sort of a holy grial for us fans. A joy of an album. Beauty at its finest!!! Favorite track: King Of Mice.
Neill Jongman
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Neill Jongman I have the Australian version - but this is something else. With Bickers voice now at the centre again it really is a special release. Wonderful production given how dense the instrumentation is. Dave's drumming is just so fluid and powerful. Great that it's finally been released in a form the band is happy with. Now 'Zurich' anyone?
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Bodiless 05:01
King Of Mice 07:08
Evergreen 04:27
I Believe 08:35
Burrows 07:40
Sacred Lover 03:56




Fans of British guitar music were wondering what was coming next. Shoegazing had run out of steam and nothing had sprung up in its place. The scene was dominated by imported grunge music from America with Nirvana and Pearl Jam leading the way. The four biggest British bands of the mid-nineties - Radiohead, Oasis, Blur and the Verve - had yet to release their iconic albums which would shape the course of the UK scene for the rest of the decade.

Levitation had been recording their second album in early 1993, and were set to release this ambitious and innovative work when the band split and the album was shelved indefinitely. Had this album been released as planned, it would have had a major impact on UK guitar music, standing shoulder to shoulder with the breakthrough albums by the bands mentioned above and pre-dating them by at least a year. Unfortunately, no one apart from a few dedicated fans trading low quality bootlegs online were able even to hear it, and the moment was lost.


Flashback Records release Meanwhile Gardens for the first time in the original planned format. The album has been painstakingly remastered at high resolution and sounds as fresh and new now as it did on the original tapes.


released October 23, 2015

Terry Bickers – Voice and Guitar
David Francolini – Drums
Christian Hayes – Guitar and Voice
Laurence O’Keefe – Bass and Voice
Robert White – Keyboards, Guitar and Voice


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