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Raven That Refused To Sing (Steven Wilson) [Blu-ray Audio] (2013)

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Wilson
  • Directors: not listed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KSCOPE
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQB2AR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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How does he do it? How does Steven Wilson continue to create original, envelope-pushing, mind-blowing, mind-expanding music for the surround sound arena? After numerous spins, I can unequivocally say that the 96/24 LPCM Blu-ray mix of The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) (5 stars; kscope) has wiped the surround slate clean and set the benchmark anew. (Sure, you can select the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 option if you wish, but 96/24 is the way to go.) --Sound + Vision

Product Description

The Blu-ray Disc edition offers audiophiles the chance to experience the album in its full glory with 24bit stereo files, plus 5.1 mixes of album (DTS 96/24 5.1 surround & Dolby AC3 5.1 surround). The Blu-ray also features instrumental versions of the album tracks, plus bonus track.
Also included is a Studio Documentary which is 23 minutes long. Tracks include - Luminol(12.10), Drive Home (7.37), The Holy Drinker (10.13), The Pin Drop (5.03), The Watchmaker (11.43), The Raven That Refused To Sing (7.57). Plus a Bonus Version of Drive Home.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece - it will win a Grammy in 2014 February 14, 2013
By Ticos
This is the album of the decade - by the most prolific and amazing musician/artist in progressive music of our time.

In summary, a must buy for:
1- Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man fans
2- Progressive rock fans
3- Anybody that loves great quality music with unparalleled quality sound

This is a music focused, audiophile grade Blu-Ray - this is not a live concert performance. Even though there's an interesting and fun video bonus with a documentary of the making of the album, it is what it is - a bonus. I have a substantial collection of music Blu-Rays, DVD-Audios and SACDs, and I can say that this is the best sounding non-classical, non-jazz album in my entire collection. And in the rock/progressive rock category, it is by far the best sounding 5.1 mix that I've ever enjoyed.

Contents:
- Album in 5.1 LPCM 24 bits, 96 Khz (my preferred option for surround)
- Album in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround
- Album in 2.0 stereo, 24 bit, 96Khz
- Instrumental album in 2.0 stereo, 24 bit, 96Khz, plus lounge version of "Drive Home"
- Documentary on the making of the album. This is a compilation of the video clips had been available before album release in Steve Wilson's web site, plus the a short clip of the London Orchestra string section and Steven Wilson playing the original King Crimson mellotron.

Luminol (12:10).
This song has been previewed extensively during Steven Wilson's Grace for Drowning Tour in 2012, and in the recent Blu Ray of his performance in Mexico. The song is about a street musician/performer who spends his life performing and doing what he enjoyed the most in life, but being largely ignored.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive music magic in 5.1 March 1, 2013
By Laird
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You can look at lots of other reviews of the album to get a detailed review of the music. I am a long-time fan of progressive music, especially experimental rock and jazz-rock fusion, going back to the early '70s. If you have similar tastes, then this album is likely to push all the right buttons for you.

If, however, you think that music should be the backing track for some other activity, i.e. you are not the kind of person who sits down in front of your sound system with the expressed and sole purpose of LISTENING to the music...then this album may not be for you. There is a lot of musical complexity of all sorts that would be quite distracting if not outright unpleasant if you were trying to do something requiring attention while listening.

Please note that I don't think that anyone is a "better" or "worse" person if they do or do not do this. We active listeners are the "lefties" of the music appreciation world, so you have to forgive us when we get all gushed-out about an entire album that we can LISTEN to from end-to-end without getting tired or bored. This is one of THOSE albums.

I want to specifically point out the Blu-Ray. Steven Wilson has demonstrated time and again that he understands 5.1 channel audio for MUSIC as-well-or-better-than anyone else in the business. Listen to his brilliant surround production work on the 5.1 PT albums, or on the re-release of Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick". This album is all that. The surround usage is not gimicky or distracting. The sound stage is enormous and completely envelopes you. Instruments come from everywhere and nowhere. The stereo version of the album is just as wonderful musically, but sounds primitive in comparison production-wise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilson Tops Himself March 8, 2013
All the 5 star reviews pretty much nailed it for me so I'll just add a few personal comments. I've been missing Porcupine Tree but with Grace for Drowning and now The Raven That Refused To Sing I don't mind if Steven pursues his solo muse for a while.

I love the album and Steven's influences are all evident in this original homage that makes it all seem fresh and relevant. With the Mellotron and Moog (especially on "Holy Drinker") I definitely think of King Crimson and ELP. The opening of "Luminol" reminds me a bit of Yes' "Drama" period ("Tempest Fugit"?) and "The Watchmaker" has shades of Genesis. And the whole album reminds me of Alan Parsons' debut, "Tales of Mystery & Imagination," a thematic album with all tracks based on Edgar Alan Poe stories. These songs remind me of that and his lyrics are not the least bit Tolkien (There Steven, I said it for you!). I love the music and knowing the stories behind each track makes me appreciate the lyrics even more. The band is fantastic and the 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray lives up to Wilson's reputation. The album certainly isn't breaking any new ground, but what it is doing covers the best of the old ground beautifully. I recently read an interview where Steven said that he hopes that his fans "get" his new work. As an older fan (I'm a decade older than Steven) I can honestly say that a lot folks like me are very happy that HE gets it. Thank you for this gift!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening... March 13, 2013
I have been a Porcupine Tree fan since the turn of the century. Not a "fan-boy", just a fan.

Insurgentes was nice but not spectacular. Grace For Drowning was my unexpected album of the year for 2011. The Raven...is something else entirely. I think I might be a "fan-boy" now...

I have a ridiculous amount of music at my disposal...literally hundreds of albums I have waiting for my first full listen, not to mention over 70,000 songs between my computer and my cd/record/cassette collection. Somehow, I can't seem to find time for them.

The Raven demands to be heard, almost daily, preferably in Blu-Ray surround. When I stand in the heart of that perfect musical storm of surround sound, I find my whole body moving, almost involuntarily, to the music. I find myself singing along and smiling with pure musical excitement. When I am lost in the title track, I am moved, sometimes to tears, by the sad story and the simplistic beauty of the music (which still allows the band to shine within its' framework).

I have been exposed to much great music in my nearly 45 years. Some have stood the test of time better than others. Within just a few weeks The Raven...has become a sure desert island disc. I am still surprised at how much I love this album. It moves my body and spirit from start to finish. It is the rare album that can move past the intellectual commentary in my head and simply fill me with the sheer euphoric joy of music. This is that album. It won't be for everyone, but for me this is magical.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep!
Good instrumental passages, their classic inspirations are clear. Superb work. And Steve Wilson is kinda the man and all...
Published 16 days ago by George W. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars SW is one of the best 5. 1 mixing engineers there is
Wilson's most interesting solo album to date, IMO - haunting, rocking. 5.1 mix is immaculate and powerful. Just the right amount of surround wow, without being gimmicky. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Eddie Baggybags
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Prog
I hear a little of everyone in Steve Wilson but he manages to do it so he sounds like himself.
Published 2 months ago by A. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
Steven Wilson is the King of progressive music nowadays IMO. This album was so well recorded and mastered I wish all of my favorite artists do this as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fernando H
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven can do wrong, but this isn't it.
This is so good I wish it would never end.
Several audio formats to suit your system from stereo to LPCM. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
Good lord this is an amazing DVD/Blu Ray.
The sound is just awesome!!!! The visuals
are great and the set list is top notch. You need
to own this!!!
Published 11 months ago by Jeff Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5.1 Audio!
I have never heard any of Steven Wilson's music and this Blu-ray audio disc blew me away. If you are an audiophile and love surround sound music....but this disc.
Published 11 months ago by S. K. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own...
So many layers to explore, all within a common theme. From the outstanding musicianship to the exquisite compositions, there's something on here for everyone. Read more
Published 12 months ago by darren burtoft
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Rock Alive and Well
If you miss the golden years of progressive rock with the likes of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and Pink Floyd look no further than "The Raven That Refused to Sing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Midnight Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This latest effort from Steven Wilson is a triumph musically, artistically and sonically. He has earned himself quite a reputation for great surround mixes and this one does not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by jazyes
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Why no Auto-Rip for the Blu-ray version of the album Amazon?
I Agree.
It would also be nice to Auto-rip the instrumental tracks too as well as the lounge version bonus track.
Jul 9, 2013 by J. Berning |  See all 2 posts
Odd to put this in Movie/ TV SHow category
From what I've noticed, Amazon seems to put ALL "Blu-Ray Audio" discs in that category.
Jan 19, 2014 by J. Kesser |  See all 2 posts
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