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

4.8 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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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.


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 Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQB2AR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

- 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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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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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 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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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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