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Postby Indyrod on Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:43 pm

Descriptions taken from the PT Shop at http://www.burningshed.com

Porcupine Tree Discography

On the Sunday of Life... (1991)
The first album from 1992, recorded by Steven Wilson solo and originally released as a double LP. Lo-Fi by current PT standards, this is an album of future possibilities including everything from psychedelic pop to ambient interludes. The seeds of the future PT sound are also in evidence in tracks such as It Will Rain for a Million Years and the classic Radioactive Toy.

Voyage 34 EP (1992)

Up the Downstair (1993)
Second album from 1993, made by Steven Wilson solo with sampled drums, but with guest appearances from future PT members Colin Edwin and Richard Barbieri. This is the birth of the PT sound, a 48 minute flow of dreamy songs, spacey textures and guitar solos. Includes
Burning Sky and Fadeaway.


Voyage 34: Remixes (1993)

Staircase Infinities EP (1994) (Very Rare)

Moonloop E.P. (1994)

The Sky Moves Sideways (1995)
Third album from 1995, half solo/half band performances. This is the band's most spacious and epic album, dominated by the two part 35 minute title track which is arguably the most traditionally progressive work in the PT catalogue. Wistful English melancholy, liquid guitar solos, expansive chords and textures. Also includes the 18 minute Moonloop.

Signify (1996)
The first band album from 1996, this is one of the band's finest ever. Noticeably more rock than previous albums, it's a beautifully sequenced 60 minute flow of songs and instrumentals which includes future PT classics like Dark Matter and Sever, as well as the spooky ambience of Light Mass Prayers and the proto-progressive metal of the title track.

Coma Divine - Recorded Live in Rome (1997)

Stupid Dream (1999)
The first PT album where the emphasis shifted from more instrumentally orientated music to more vocal based tracks. A harmonious brew that moves from sublime melodic rock through to trippy space voyages. Released in 1999 it features well known PT tracks such as Even Less, Tinto Brass and Pure Narcotic.

Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip (2000)
A single instrumental composition from 1992/93 spread over 4 phases and lasting collectively for over an hour, this is PT's entry in the ambient trance genre popularised by artists like the Orb and became a big hit in the ambient club scene of the early 90's when it was originally issued as two 12 inch singles. Combines trance rhythms with more typical PT textures and guitar solos.

"4 Chords That Made A Million" Single (2000)

Lightbulb Sun (2000)
Recorded very soon after Stupid Dream this album from 2000 is in many ways a continuation of the feel of the previous record, but with a more melancholic atmosphere. Featuring lush string arrangements by Dave Gregory of XTC, killer guitar work, breathtaking harmonies and tripped out production, the overall effect sweeps from short beautiful gems through to soaring epics. Includes Shesmovedon, Hatesong and Russia On Ice.

"Shesmovedon" Single (2000)

Lightbulb Sun - Special Edition (2001)

Metanoia (2001)
65 minutes of improvisations recorded during the Signify sessions.

Recordings (2001)
A 65 minute collection of tracks released on singles during the 1999-2000 period plus 3 new recordings, including the 10 minute Buying New Soul. A compilation maybe, but the material here is as strong as anything on the albums and has been sequenced with the same care and continuity as the rest of the PT catalogue.

Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 - 1997 2CD Box (2002)
Long awaited double CD retrospective in a limited box set edition. This deluxe set includes previously unreleased tracks, assorted rare tracks and album cuts spanning the bands seven years with Delerium Records. Many of the tracks have been remixed. The package includes a 32 page heavily illustrated booklet featuring, for the first time anywhere, a full history of Porcupine Tree drawn from interviews with band members.


In Absentia (2002)
The first album for Lava/Atlantic from 2002, a 70 minute masterpiece that captures the band at their most powerful and dynamic. With the benefit of a bigger budget for recording the band have captured the power and edge of their live show with stunning instrumental work, orchestration and a quality to the production to rival any other audiophile's delight. Includes Blackest Eyes, Trains and Strip the Soul.

In Absentia (European version) 2CDS (2003)

Newest and Available:

Coma Divine (Live)-Remaster/Expanded 2CDS(2003)
The classic live recording from Rome in 1997. In impeccable sound quality this live document includes much of the best of the live repertoire from the early band era, including long versions of Radioactive Toy, Moonloop and The Sky Moves Sideways. The new 2003 edition has been expanded to a double CD and includes 4 additional tracks.


Signify-Remaster/Expanded 2CDS (2003)
This edition also includes Insignificance, a whole CD of high quality demos, many of which were not recorded for the final Signify album.

XM Live-XM Satelite Radio live performance in Washington DC (2003)
Released on the band's own Transmission label and housed in a beautiful digipack presentation, XM is the band's live session performance for XM Satellite Radio in Washington DC on the 12th November 2002. The CD contains 9 tracks, runs for just over 52 minutes and features the 5 piece touring line-up including John Wesley. XM is the band's first official live album (albeit not in front of an audience) since 1997's Coma Divine. Focussing mainly on material from the In Absentia album, this is an excellent performance in pristine sound quality. The CD was made specifically for the July 2003 US tour - a limited number of the remaining copies have been made available for the PT Shop.

Futile EP-only available to radio stations so far (2003)

Planned:

The Sky Moves Sideways Remaster/Expanded (late 2003)

Up the Downstair Remaster/Expanded to include the rare EP Staircase Infinities (late 2003)

Stupid Dream Remaster (2004)

Lightbulb Sun Remaster (2004)
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SW "Cover Version"

Postby Indyrod on Sun Aug 24, 2003 7:36 pm


Steven Wilson released a single several months ago, titled "Cover Song". The song that he covers is "Alanis Morissette's Thank You", from her album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". That single is available from http://www.burningshed.com .

"Cover Version II" is in the planning stage.
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XM Live

Postby Indyrod on Tue Sep 02, 2003 5:22 pm

Received today from Burning Shed, a message concerning the last remaining copies of the excellent PT XM LIVE CD, which was available only at the concerts, on PT's tour. If you want one, here is the information.

From http://www.burningshed.com:

The remaining copies of XM will be on sale as of 3pm, UK time, on Thursday, 4th September.

Unfortunately, due to the interest in this title and to ensure that more genuine fans can get hold of copies, Burning Shed reserves the right to refuse to sell to anyone who has previously bought XM (especially, if more than one copy of the album via a relative). In these cases, we'll refund money to the would-be purchasers account, less the processing fee.

Good luck to those who didn't get a copy last time.

Regards,

burning.shed@virgin.net
http://www.burningshed.com

Please note that people interested in purchasing the CD will have to log on to http://www.porcupinetree.com, or http://www.burningshed.com at or after 3pm, UK time, on Thursday, 4th September.
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Postby Indyrod on Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:45 pm

Everyone pretty much knows I'm sure that the remastered expanded "The Sky Moves Sideways" is PT's newest release. I've already showed my amazement at this fascinating release, and it really does set a new standard for expanded remasters. It hasn't left my cd player since I received it over a week ago.

In a Steven Wilson interview a few years ago, he was asked "what is a porcupine tree?". I know the answer, does anybody else?
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Postby Indyrod on Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:24 am

If anybody has a desire to see "Steven Wilson's" other projects, here's a good place to start.
http://www.no-man.co.uk/related-projects-news-main.htm
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Postby Indyrod on Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:46 pm

New Porcupine Tree release at http://www.burningshed.com available for Pre-order.

** Porcupine Tree - Warszawa CD

The second CD to be issued on Porcupine Tree's Transmission label is
a live in the studio recording made by Polish radio during the band's
2001 tour (the last with Chris Maitland on drums). Also in the studio
during the broadcast were an invited audience of Polish fans who
helped to make the atmosphere on the night and on this recording so
special, and the band consider this to be one of their best
performances. The CD runs over 79 minutes and features almost the
entire performance remixed from 32 track master tapes into pristine
sound quality that is far superior to the original on-air broadcast.
The Warszawa CD comes in a beautiful digipack sleeve and is available
exclusively from this website. The first Transmission release "XM" is
now completely sold out.
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Postby Indyrod on Thu May 06, 2004 8:50 pm

This not new PT news, but new "No-man" news.

No-Man have two releases lined up for late 2004.


The first of these is a No-Man retrospective compilation, which has finally been confirmed as a double CD release on Snapper Music. This will be a career-spanning set covering No-Man's recordings from 1988-2003, including a strong selection of music from the out-of-print One Little Indian singles and albums. All tracks will be remastered, and the album will also include two previously-unissued tracks from the 'Together We're Stranger' album. For the time being, this project will take the place of any full-blown reissuing of the One Little Indian-era material.


The second is a reissue of 'Speak', the band's album of near-ambient, pre-One Little Indian recordings made in 1987-1988. This was originally issued on cassette in 1994: a remastered and partially reworked CD version was issued in 1999 on the Italian art-rock label Materiali Sonori. This latter issue suffered from erratic distribution, but the rights have now reverted to No-Man, who now plan to release their own definitive edition through the No-Man shop http://www.burningshed.com/nomanshop.asp in autumn or winter 2004.


Anyone who wishes to buy one of the last remaining specially-packaged copies of No-Man's most recent studio album 'Together We're Stranger' (the slipcase edition) is advised to purchase it now. The album will revert to standard digipack packaging this summer. Copies of the slipcase edition are still available from the No-Man shop
http://www.burningshed.com/nomanshop.asp and from certain other record dealers.


Unfortunately, previous plans to release 'Together We're Stranger' on limited-edition vinyl have now been shelved. This is because it has not been possible to find a cost-effective way of producing the high-quality gatefold sleeve which the band wanted to use for the packaging.
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Postby Indyrod on Sat May 08, 2004 7:28 pm

New Steven Wilson release, available by reservation only. The initial editions were sold out very quickly, but they are taking new orders until May 31st. This is a HOT item!!!

SW Unreleased Electronic Music
http://www.nomansland.demon.co.uk/recentnews.html


A very special CD is now available from SW's Headphone Dust label in the form of a handmade edition of only 100 copies. Steven Wilson "Unreleased Electronic Music Vol 1" is an 11 track, 65 minute CD which Steven has decided to issue in response to requests for some of his more beat driven electronic music (which he has referred to in several interviews). Some of the pieces have a stylistic connection with SW's ambient project Bass Communion, but are much more rhythmic and mostly in a dark-hop or electronic vein. A few of the pieces were created for television commissions. None of the pieces ever developed into full blown projects but Steven has now selected 11 of his favourites for this CD from a period stretching back to 1990.

Each disc (a high quality Taiyo Yuden CDR) is packaged in a slim line DVD container, with a numbered and signed index card. In addition, each copy contains its own one of a kind original Polaroid photograph taken by Lasse Hoile specifically for the project. At present there are only 100 copies available to purchase (though there may be a second batch at some point in the future). Because of the limited number it is important that you reserve a copy before we give you payment information. Note that this CD is NOT available from the Porcupine Tree/Burning Shed online store and emails about it sent to that website will be ignored. In order to obtain a copy, please send an email to headphonedust@hotmail.com .
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Postby Indyrod on Thu May 20, 2004 7:29 pm

Last chance to get Porcupine Tree's Recordings, and a LP release of Signify, and a chance to finally get No-man's Dry Cleaning Ray


Porcupine Tree - Recordings. CD, GBP30.00.
Long deleted and now down to literally a handful of copies. A collection of previously unheard tracks and b-sides from singles taken from the 'Stupid Dream' and 'Lightbulb Sun' albums. Available on CD only, this issue was strictly limited and all the copies we have are the numbered editions..
http://www.freakemporium.com/cgibin/product.cgi?POCD054

Porcupine Tree - Signify (Remastered/Expanded Double LP). Dble LP,
GBP18.00.
At last a vinyl reissue of what many regard as Porcupine Tree's best album. 'Signify' saw Porcupine Tree truly gel as a studio band producing a blend of psychedelia, heavy space rock, melancholic pop, kraut rock, and wild experimentation that brought the best out of each band member. This deluxe reissue features remastered recordings with three bonus tracks 'The Sound of No-one Listening' 'Colourflow in Mind' and 'Signify II'. Housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring the bands finest album artwork, this is a beautiful package..
http://www.freakemporium.com/cgibin/product.cgi?ptlp010

No Man - Dry Cleaning Ray. CD, GBP12.00.
1997 album by Steven Wilson's other band. Experimental and an interesting tangent to Steven's other work. 'Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson steer through urban south-east London, in search of the new cabaret, locating it in the most unlikely places. The twitching-curtain pop of 'Diet Mothers' and the slippery grooves on 'Evelyn (The Song Of Slurs)' display real ambition, but the sensual angst of 'Sicknote' is something else again.' - London Evening Standard.
http://www.freakemporium.com/cgibin/product.cgi?NOCD004
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Postby Indyrod on Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:32 pm

This is a Porcupine Tree checklist I got from their main Group at Yahoo. It puts together a list of all PT recordings (in all their various forms, releases, media, re-releases, re-re-releases, etc.). You can use it to keep track of your PT collection.

What they did was chronologically merge the information from Uwe
Haeberle's discography (recordings, promotions, internet, and
compilation), just on Porcupine Tree - not on any of SW's side
projects - and they added a few other tidbits (such as vinyl test
pressings, known unauthorized versions, etc.). The list does NOT
contain any of the traded live shows.
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