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One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and his mother to Donna Summer’s ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Wilson Store

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  • Vinyl (April 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B00IE8OPV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is stripped, haunting, melodic, and beautiful.
Jeffrey Knighton
Cover Version is another great addition to Steven Wilson's catalog.
Murat Batmaz
Stellar performance and genius level music throughout.
Randy

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Randy on July 1, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The six covers and six originals on this double LP vinyl edition are brilliant. Steven Wilson handles Alanis Morissette's 'Thank You' with aplomb and truly makes it his own. The sonics are wide open, uncompressed, and pleasing to the ear. It's nice to hear a stripped down, acoustic approach throughout as he tackles songs from Abba, The Cure, and Prince. Assembled from his solo singles 2003-2010, and sequenced with the covers on disc one and the originals on disc two. Detailed and very personal liner notes from Wilson. A master of prog rock, and one of the finest producers working in the industry today. Hard to say whether I enjoyed the covers or the originals more. Stellar performance and genius level music throughout. The vinyl on my set was dead quiet with music coming out of a black background and throwing a wide, deep soundstage on a VPI Scout with Dynavector 17d3 cartridge. Highly recommended for fans of analog and melodic progressive rock.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on July 8, 2014
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Cover Version assembles all the songs Steven Wilson covered on limited edition releases between 2003 and 2010 while also adding six more new tracks to the mix. I'm a big Steven Wilson fan; I own almost everything he has released from Porcupine Tree to No-Man to Blackfield to Bass Communion to his solo material, but I've never been one to get limited editions, especially if they contained only a few songs or B-sides. Therefore, this disc is more likely to appeal to those who haven't heard these tracks before, be it covers or new tunes. So for me, Cover Version is a winner; not only is it a 'new' disc for me, but it is also an amazing release in that it documents Wilson's far-reaching and eclectic musical tastes as well as growth and evolution as a solo artist.

The cover songs are amazing. Steven Wilson has given them all his trademark touch, making them sound like lost tracks from previous sessions. Fans of Blackfield may already be familiar with Alanis Morrissette's "Thank U" since it was covered in their 2007 live album. This version, however, is a lot more powerful. The mid-tempo tune is slowed down to half the speed and delivered in a much more intense manner, matching the spiritual lyrics. Speaking of which, Wilson even changes the lyrics a bit ("How about changing a line cause it don't make sense") but retains the tune's otherwise reflective nature. In The Cure's "A Forest," which has been covered by dozens of artists (including Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest), Wilson captures the song's electronic vibe but adds more sonic textures with distinct streams of melody running beneath the whole thing. The result is a darker and creepier soundscape with the second half sounding huge and intense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Knighton on August 20, 2014
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Good ol' Wilson. He just keeps getting better. This is stripped, haunting, melodic, and beautiful. I know he only wrote about half of the tunes, which almost made me think twice about buying it until I thought, "It's Steven Wilson - if it wasn't a good idea, he wouldn't have recorded it". So remind yourself how great all of your other Steven Wilson records are - especially everything in the last 10 years or so, and think of how he doesn't ever let you down, and buy it.
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By Chris on December 6, 2014
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Oddly, this album is the exact opposite experience that I tend to have with music. I really enjoyed the first listen and became less than thrilled upon further listens. The songs, as you can always expect from a Steven Wilson album, are produced incredibly well. Wilson is one of the best producers in the field today and there is good reason so many bands would fight to get him to mix their albums. The main issue people have with Wilson's music is that he tends to be very self indulgent, which is what you tend to expect from any artist, but at times he does so at the expense of thinking about what his fans might prefer. At the end of the day, I am a fan of Steven Wilson's many projects and enjoy many of the albums that others have shunned.

That said....this album is not a proper album. It is a collection of cover songs, and originals that seem to be inspired by the songs he covered, all compiled together into one set. When you think of it as a collection of odds and ends, especially for the low price, then there is nothing to complain about. The music is very acoustic guitar heavy along with a lot of synth and computer generated effects layered over top. It is easily worth the price of admission...it just isn't worth any more than that.

Sometimes you buy a cheap album and find it to be a gem among stones. This album is an admittedly shiny stone but is still just a stone. A few of the covers are excellent, most of the original songs less so, and overall the dark, listless, ambling pacing gets a bit boring. Which is unfortunate, because any of these songs taken on their own isn't bad, maybe not spectacular but certainly not bad. But all gathered together, you can't help but notice how strikingly similar everything is, and soon your passion for any particular song is drained away. Good for what it is but easily skipped if you're not a fan of Wilson specifically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2014
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5 stars just for the Alanis cover alone. Wilson is brilliant, always. I like his solo material better than PT but this one really stood out. It showed what he could do with others music and not just his alone. Loved every second of it
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