Time Line (AD album)

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Time Line
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ReleasedSeptember 1984
StudioCamp Dunwoody Studios (Dunwoody, Georgia)
Genre Progressive rock
Label Kirshner
Producer Kerry Livgren
Kerry Livgren chronology
Seeds of Change
Time Line
Art of the State
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Time Line is an album by American Christian rock musician Kerry Livgren, released in 1984. It features his newly formed band, AD.



After Kerry left his previous band, Kansas, in 1983, he and his newly formed crew began production for Livgren's second solo album. Time Line was made for CBS Records and was recorded with material created by the crew. While recording, Kerry and his new crew all shared the same interest in Christianity and all the members had come together to form AD by the end of the session. Due to a complication in the label release, Time Line was unable to receive much attention compared to some of Livgren's past works with Kansas.


AllMusic gave the album one and a half stars out of five. The album was said to be "blatantly stale" throughout its duration, lacking the creativity that Seeds of Change provided.

Track listing

All tracks written by Kerry Livgren except where noted

  1. "Time Line" – 4:04
  2. "Tonight" – 4:53
  3. "Make or Break It" (Gleason) – 3:49
  4. "Take Us to the Water" – 4:28
  5. "Beyond the Pale" (Gleason, Livgren) – 3:33
  6. "New Age Blues" (Gleason, Livgren) – 3:54
  7. "Slow Motion Suicide" – 4:46
  8. "High on a Hill" – 3:52
  9. "Life Undercover" – 3:27
  10. "Welcome to the War" – 5:11
  11. "Interview with Kerry Livgren" – 24:08 (bonus track, only featured on 1996 reissue)



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