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Albums Of The Week: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Live at Levitation ‘14 and ’16

The Australian psychedelic-rock monsters serve up not one but two typically freaky & frenetic vintage live shows — including their debut North American performance.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Reverberation Appreciation Society are beyond stoked to announce the fourth instalment in the Live at Levitation series with the one and only King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard! This landmark double LP features the band’s 2014 and 2016 shows and follows Live at Levitation release from Kikagaku Moyo, The Black Angels and Primal Scream.

The 2014 show, presented in full on the first LP, is particularly historic — it happened to be the band’s first ever performance in North America! “We’ve never played in America before,” chimes Stu right before launching into their yet to be released I’m In Your Mind Fuzz suite on Side A. Right after this tour, the band would spend the summer in Brooklyn recording I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Quarters. These 2014 live versions feature early versions and a unique look into the creative process of a band that was about to explode onto the world scene.

LP2 features the bands triumphant return to Levitation in 2016 and they are firing on all cylinders and celebrating the release of their Nonagon Infinity LP. While the festival was canceled due to severe weather, this recording is one of two shows Gizz played at Barracuda (RIP) in downtown Austin and we were set up to capture it in all its glory. Audio for both shows was recorded by Craig Lawrence, then mixed by Gizz mastermind Stu Mackenzie at the band’s studio in Melbourne and mastered specially for vinyl. It doesn’t get any better.”