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Recordings [Original recording reissued, Special Edition]

Porcupine TreeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Special Edition
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B003062NG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Buying New Soul [#]
2. Access Denied [#]
3. Cure for Optimism
4. Disappear
5. Ambulance Chasing
6. In Formaldehyde
7. Even Less [#]
8. Oceans Have No Memory [#]

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe B sides but still great April 21, 2002
By x_bruce
Format:Audio CD
Recordings was the first Porcupine Tree album I heard mostly because distribution of their CDs are terrible in the U.S. Since then I've been purchasing what I can find which has been most of their catalog.
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I recall snapping this 2001 album up upon it's release during a slight lull in the release of "official" PT studio albums during the 2000 - 2002 timeframe (i.e. from Lightbulb Sun to In Absentia) and the fact that this was a Limited Edition CD (#681 of 20,000) had me pretty excited. To make the deal even sweeter, I noted that there were a lot of new pieces, including a nearly 14 minute version of Even Less, which first appeared on Stupid Dream (1999), albeit at only slightly over 7 minutes in length.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice compilation--2 new songs. June 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you're already a fan of Porcupine Tree, you probably have hunted down all of the band's singles since they often include unreleased songs. If you haven't tracked them down--then you're in luck because this album features all of the "other" songs PT have released on their singles. "Disapear" is a fantastic song--it's suprising it was left off the "Lightbulb Sun" album because it's simply great in so many ways.
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Just to let everyone know who is willing to throw down hundreds of dollars on a cd that this is officially being re-issued on September 6th, 2010. Apparently, it's just a straight re-issue with the same artwork and track listing. Now if they can only re-issue XM and XMII and have a physical release of Futile and Rockapalast...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. But do not start from here April 16, 2002
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Since I have all Porcupine Tree cds I could not miss this one even though I knew this was a collection of sparse material whihc did not make it to any of their previous album.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music!
as usual from Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree. Hope you fall in love as hard as I have!
Published 12 days ago by Deborah Ovall
4.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Tree/The Audio Dejavous Syndrome
I love Porcupine Tree songs! The band has a talent for excellent meaningful lyrics, beautifully flowing music, a hint of psychedelic nastalgia. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tom Truitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Tree - Recordings
This CD for those who do not pay attention will find it a collection or former studio. However, the remains are of very good quality and is true even for those who wish to meet the... Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Jose Henrique
4.0 out of 5 stars 4,5 stars Really great album
This is an album that has rarities and b-sides. I know this doesnt sounds good but believe me is like a new album. The songs are all great - a mix of ballads and psychedelic music. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
4.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Tree's "Recordings"
Porcupine Tree has set a standard that few, if any, can reach it seems. As I expected, "Recordings" did not disappoint. This is classic greatness ahead of it's time. I love P.T. Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by InTheWen
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the consensus here
I though the unanimous praise found here on Amazon meant that Recordings was a winner. It's not. What the praise says is a lot of diehard Porcupine Tree fans miss the good old days... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Skip Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gems from PT
I have every PT album to date and I keep going back to this one for some hidden gems...A fantastic CD from the best Prog rock band in the post-70's era...
Published on July 5, 2011 by James R. Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from PT
As an example of how good Porcupine Tree is - this collection of outtakes from the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions is better than most rock groups best efforts. Amazing!
Published on March 9, 2011 by Gary Weimann
5.0 out of 5 stars Porcupine Tree- Recordings
I have been a PT fan for about 5 years, i just heard about Recordings and am very pleased that I did.
Very good music from their earlier sound to their current.
Published on February 20, 2011 by K. L. Aynedter
5.0 out of 5 stars They Just Keep Getting Better
Unlike the commercially succesful, highly artistic bands of the past, Porcupine Tree keep getting better as they age. Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by Stephen Maestas
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Porcupine Tree's Recordings to be reissued
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 6 posts
It's about time!
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
this is being released August 23rd in Europe Be the first to reply
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