Liquid Trio Experiment ‎– Spontaneous Combustion

Magna Carta ‎– MA-9060-2
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Songs are from Mike Portnoy's live 2-track stereo DAT mixes with no overdubs, no mixing, and no editing.
All music improvised

Recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios, Millbrook, New York - October 1998
Mastered at Absolute Studio, New Jersey

℗ & © 2007 Magna Carta.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 614286906026
  • Barcode (Text): 6 14286 90602 6
  • Matrix / Runout: MAX 9060.2 #1 ODR
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV51
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ZM01

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MA-9060-2 Liquid Trio Experiment Spontaneous Combustion(CD, Album, Dig) Magna Carta MA-9060-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
MICP-10709 Liquid Trio Experiment Spontaneous Combustion(CD, Album) Avalon MICP-10709 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
MA-9060-2 Liquid Trio Experiment Spontaneous Combustion(CD, Album, Promo) Magna Carta MA-9060-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
IROND CD 07-DD549 Liquid Trio Experiment Spontaneous Combustion(CD, Album, Unm) Irond IROND CD 07-DD549 Russia 2007 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

Damn, is this a tough listening experience or what?!

Now, I love Dream Theater, and of course I enjoyed their Liquid Tension Experiment side-project, so it'd make sense that when this album was released, marketed as "Liquid Trio Experiment" due to the absence of guitarist John Petrucci, it was something I had to have in my collection.

And there it shall remain until my dying days, though sadly not by choice, but more due to my obsessive collecting disorder (is this a real thing?).

'Spontaneous Combustion' is nothing more than improvised jazz fusion jams and rehearsals. It's so musically self-indulgent I struggle to see what made them think it was something worth releasing that people would want to hear. I struggle even more to comprehend the fact that there is probably someone out there that genuinely listens to this and enjoys it.

But nope. Not me.

I can appreciate the amazing chemistry and versatility of all the musicians involved, and while there's maybe a few cool "moments" dotted around, it's not something I'll ever come back to or make an effort to find among the midst of mindless self-indulgence. As a whole, the album is just boring, and features nothing of any real substance.

Plus, it irks me that these guys can release and sell an album featuring nothing more than a staggering 78 minutes of mindless noodling, and it's still better than anything I could come up with.

Sometimes it sucks being a collector.