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Having been a recent fan of PT it is difficult to consider Recordings as a B sides, extra tracks kind of CD. As a listener new to Porcupine Tree I was instantly involved with the album as a whole.
Buying New Soul is a great opener with great dynamics and mood. Access Denied was a surprise. It sounded like a drugged up XTC number, something different yet sandwiched with Cure For Optimism it made for a nice flow, a buffer between darker sounding songs.
The flow of Recordings is a strength. Even though it was recorded on several tracks at different sessions the songs fit well together. Much of this has to do with the vibe of Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun, there is a similarity to these albums much as there is a similarity to the tracks found on Recordings.
Even Less in this expanded version is quite engaging, the expansion actually sets up some drama from an already great song.
If I were advising someone to buy their first PT album I'd consider suggesting Recordings right along with Signify as these two CDs represent PT in their extended song format along with the shift to more traditional material from the previous two releases.
A few thoughts about Porcupine Tree and progressive rock. PT is not typical of what most people are familiar with as prog rock. They use synthesizers and on occasion work with complex song structures but also paint sound more like an electronica or post rock band. In this sense I'd place them as post rock with prog and electronica elements.Read more ›
The musicians on this album include Steve Wilson (lead vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, samples, hammered dulcimer, and acoustic piano); Richard Barbieri (Hammond organ, mellotron, and analog synthesizers); Chris Maitland (drums); and Colin Edwin (fretless electric bass and acoustic bass). Along with the core musicians there is a flute/saxophone player and a string section. With respect to the core musicians, I enjoy Steve Wilson's excellent vocals although Colin's bass playing is worth singling out - he is a very tasteful and restrained player that never oversteps his bounds, unlike most of the bassists in the new prog bands out there. Furthermore, as a huge fan of 1970s progressive and experimental rock, I especially appreciate the fact that these guys favor mostly analog equipment.
The 60 plus minute mix of pieces on this compilation include three previously unreleased tracks (Buying New Soul (10'24"), the expanded version of Even Less, and Oceans Have No Memory), while the remaining tracks were originally released as singles. The tracks range in length from 3'06" to 13'55" with most in the 6 minute plus category. Interestingly enough all of the tracks flow together into one cohesive whole and are well-paced, making this quite possibly the perfect PT album.Read more ›
If you have these songs already, you still need to buy this album since it contains two brand new gems. And gems they are!!
"Buying New Soul" is haunting to say the least. The opening of the song has a great mellow keyboard melody that carries it into the core of the tune. A great chorus and great lyrics make this another fine PT song. The other new tune, "Access Denied" is also great--up tempo with vocal effects.
Porcupine Tree can't do wrong; they keep releasing stunning material. It's safe to say they may be one of the best bands around today. It's a shame more people haven't found them yet. That will all change soon.
However -and this is where a great prog band demonstrates its value- this album got under my skin. It is not an easy album so you will need to listen to it more than once, then you will discover it has its own coherent logic and structure as it had been conceived and built from the beginning where it was not. This is the most amazing things of all.
Said this, I must warn that for a Porcupine Tree novice definetively this is not the best buy. Try Signify to understand them.
But for all of us who love them this album is a pearl and a great basket of musical pleasure .
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Really cool, unique music that inspires both thought and a little foot-thumping.Published 7 days ago by S. Rozell
This album was out of print for a while but is now available again. If you are looking to complete your Porcupine Tree collection, then you probably need this one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Campbell
It is not one of my favorite PT albums so far but Steven Wilson has a tendency to produce music which grows on you.Published 8 months ago by possesstheearth
Spectacular must own album of Porcupine Tree tracks ! Porcupine Tree fans know Steven Wilson and the band only put our high quality interesting music and Recordings is a great... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kurt R. Harris
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Rushead 2112, I'm glad to hear that "he's finally getting around to making it happen". Sometime in 2006 I bought a digipak re-issue of the "Warszawa" live album that was originally released in 2004, and it had a little advertisement inside it of other available Snapper... Read More
Jul 15, 2010 by Richard Thompson | See all 7 posts
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Danny ~ do your songs sound like mine ~ in that the volume seems to change depending on the song ~ especially that 'Oceans' is much louder than 'Even Less'?
Aug 28, 2010 by Spiritual Architect | See all 5 posts
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