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Porcupine Tree


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4.45 | 476 ratings

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5 stars Simply one of the great live albums. A beast of a triple vinyl offerring. An english band doing an italian live album always draws parallels with Simple Minds' The City of Light ... coma's not quite at that level but it's up there.

I'm a huge fan of PT despite Steve Wilson producing some of the most miserable downbeat introspective self-piteous lyrics ever inflicted on the unsuspecting public ( with the exception of ...oh freddled gruntbuggly thy mitcurations are to me as ...). I just love the way he writes such great music to back it up.

There's no getting away from the intimate recording. This is live but recorded with a delicacy which is almost universally lacking in such an environment a bit like Thelonius Monk In Action at the Five Spot [apart form the jazz, and the clinking of drinks in the background, and chat, and Thelonius Monk, and Johnny Griffin, and Ahmed Abdul-Mailk and Roy Haynes ... but apart from that]

There's commensurate control and composure about this performance: Waiting is quite simply superb as is Up the Downstair and The Moon Touches Water.

I would recommened this album as an intro to PT: it has a great selection of tracks and the listener will be given a broad overview as a starting point for more material.

obiter | 5/5 |


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