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Lightbulb Sun Import, Special Edition

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Special two disc (CD + DVD Audio) pressing of Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree's Lightbulb Sun album features a bonus DVD-Audio disc that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album, the original stereo mix plus other fine bonus features. The CD features a new stereo mix of the album, which was originally released in 2000. Lightbulb Sun was Porcupine Tree's first foray into more commercial terrain and may have initially taken fans by surprise but has become a beloved entry in their impressive catalog.

1. Lightbulb Sun
2. How is Your Life Today?
3. Four Chords That Made a Million
4. Shesmovedon
5. Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It's Recycled
6. The Rest Will Flow
7. Hatesong
8. Where We Would Be
9. Russia On Ice
10. Feel So Low

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Special Edition
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B0013URJTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "progrock86" on February 23, 2002
At some point in listening to this album, you have to ask yourself, "Is this really progressive rock?" Sure, the symphonic epic scope of the 13:03 "Russia on Ice" and the extensive sax/flute jams on "Hatesong" tell you "yes." However, the euphoric acoustic pop of "The Rest Will Flow" and the hard-rocking chorus of the title track really make you question this album as a prog piece.

So, genre-haters rejoice at this British prog-pop hybrid that celebrates Floydian surrealism as well as Beatlesque catchy pop. True, you'll be singing many of the album's catchy, poppy melodies for months to come, but this isn't the simplistic, commercial tripe you hear on FM radio. Though poppy to a certain extent, many of these songs exhibit sophistication, subtle details and adroit playing native to progressive rock. Not to be forgotten, obviously, is the brilliant songwriting.
This album also has a great diversity of moods, which is something that really spices it up. "Four Chords" is high energy rock that criticizes commercialism in music. "Last Chance to Evacuate" has a nostalgic feel in the first part and a space age adventure in the second. "Russia on Ice" is heavily melancholic and powerful. "Where Would we Be" is both the simplest and most powerful track on the album, consisting mostly of just acoustic guitar and vocals. This song is incredibly moving.
Really, all of the tracks stand out on here. Some catchy and poppy, some conspicuous prog takes. If your up for something adventurous that challenges your expectations, try this out. And if you know any pop fans who are sick of commercial music, point them in Porcupine Tree's direction. Chances are, they won't be disappointed. And niether will you.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By AccessDenied on May 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a Re-issue/Re-master of Porcupine Tree's ~ Lightbulb Sun, which was originally released in 2000. Most of the songs are unchanged. The bass and kick drum are more present in the 2008 mix than the 2000 mix and "Rest will flow" is slowed down just a bit, that is it.

The album delivers a wide variety of music, from the harder riffs in "Hatesong" and "Russia on Ice" to a softer edge with "Last Chance...." and "Rest Will Flow". This album is very diverse and well rounded. While I personally do not consider it to be one of Porcupine Tree's strongest works, it is by no means weak. Any fan of PT should purchase this album, it is fantastic!

The re-master also comes with a 5.1 DVD-A mix of the album. Which also contains 5.1 mixes of the original 2000 recording. As well as several bonus tracks only in 5.1

The double CD set comes housed in a very nice and durable Super Jewel Case with a cardboard sleeve and booklet.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine just returned from London with a copy of Lightbulb Sun in hand (I asked her to pick it up for me while she was there). For the past two days, I've listened to it over and over and OVER again. This CD is unbelievable in its depth and complexity! The music is mesmerizing and incredibly moving. The lyrics are as clever as ever. The vocals are trademark Tree. Woven throughout are snippets of sounds, conversations, laughter. Lightbulb Sun takes the power and precision of Stupid Dream to another realm, another musical level. From the delicate acoustic guitar intro and vocal (that quickly becomes an electric guitar riff worthy of Jimmy Page) of the opening title track to the haunting "How Is Your Life Today?" (check out the vocal harmonizing and the herky-jerky carnival piano!) to the oh-so-catchy "Four Chords That Made a Million" to the epic-length (13 minute) "Russia On Ice" to the closing track, the heartbreaking "Feel So Low," Lightbulb Sun is an astonishing musical statement from a band that just keeps getting better. Because of its level of musicianship, its ability to draw me in and its uncanny ability to flow from melancholy to upbeat, Lightbulb Sun has become one of my all-time favorite albums. I put my portable CD player on Repeat and listen to Lightbulb Sun with my headphones on all day long at the office (I'm a copywriter in an ad agency so I can get away with that sort of thing). Buy this album NOW...and hope Tree tours near you this year!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Lightbulb Sun has long been one of the most elusive CDs in the Porcupine Tree catalogue, a fact which I always found strange since it is also one of those most sought. I was able to obtain a copy here on amazon several years ago from one of the partners. The packaging said it was recorded in the UK, but it was shipped to me from Russia, so I always wondered whether or not it was bootleg. But now that Snapper Music has issued this excellent CD/DVDA package, Porcupine Tree fans will no longer have to pay premium prices for an inferior recording.
To me, albums like Lightbulb Sun and Stupid Dream are the heart and soul of what PT is all about. I like the entire album, but I do have favorites. Those are the eerie title cut, the pounding Four Chords That Made A Million, the soaring Shesmovedon, the futuristic Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled; the driving Hatesong, and the spacy Russia On Ice. The DVDA is excellent as well, but some buyers may have to alter their settings in order to view and hear it on their sound systems.
The CD is packaged in a stylish and sturdy jewel case and is accompanied by a handsome booklet filled with lyrics, pictures, and all pertinent album information. Reading the lyrics as you listen will enhance your enjoyment of this masterpiece. Currently, it is being sold here at a great price, so if you are one of those missing Lightbulb Sun in your PT collection, now is the time to buy! You will treasure it for life.
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