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Porcupine Tree - Love, Death & Mussolini (K7)  CD (album) cover


Porcupine Tree


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Chris M
2 stars Love, Death & Mussolini is a cassette release EP or an LP according to Steven Wilson's message at the back of the sleeve.

It was released in only 10 copies and is nearly impossible to get hold of it. It was released shortly after Tarquin's Seaweed Farm and before The Nostalgia Factory. As with the releases of this time by Porcupine Tree, most of the lyrics came from Alan Duffy who gave them to Steven Wilson.

Yet again this album had a fictious list of credits:

Porcupine Tree - Vocal, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass

Sir Tarquin Underspoon - Organ, Mellotron, Keyboards

Expanding Flun - Drums, Percussion

Solomain St. Jemain - Glissando Guitars and Vocals on "Queen Quotes Crowley"

JC Camillioni - Programming, Soundscapes

Of this list only JC Camillioni was real and the album was recorded at No-Man's Land Studios linking to No-Man which would be one of many projects that Steven Wilson would be a part of.

In the back of the sleeve of the album is a humerous message by Steven Wilson expaling why this album is not an EP and rather an LP:

An "extended player" is longer than a single but not long enough to be called an LP (long player). Here then are 3 songs and 2 instrumentals, new material from the band Porcupine Tree. These 5 tracks last for about 20 minutes in total. 20 minutes is a godd duration for an "extended player". However, "Love, Death & Mussolini" takes advantage of the cassette medium by including an additional 17 minutes taking it to an LP length. This is known as "value for money". In the music industry it is known as "marketing". Do your accounting to the sound of Porcupine Tree.

On to the tracks:

1) Hymn - This is a short instrumental track which would latter be realeashed on The Nostalgia Factory and in better quality On The Sunday Of Life... album.

2) Footprints - This is the first track to have lyrics and again the quality is poor due to the cassette release and would also be available on The Nostalgia Factory and On The Sunday Of Life...

3) Linton Samuel Dawson - This track is one of the better known early realeases but again has a very fuzzy quality to it and would later be realeased on the same two albums as above.

4) And The Swallows Dance Above The Sun - This track has the use of sampling that would later be used by Porcupine Tree to greater effect espcially on albums such as Signify.

5) Queen Quotes Crowley - This version of this track contains the ambient intro before the gibberish of Queen Quotes Crowley said backwards which would also later be released on The Nostalgia Factory but for On The Sunday Of Life... the ambient intro would be removed.

6) No Luck With Rabbits - This is the first track of Side B from the cassette and is a different version to the one that would later be on TNF and OTSOL. It is very similar to church bells at a wedding.

7) Begonia Seduction Scene - This is a track to relax to however the quality of this album spoils it in my opinion. These 7 track titles will also be the first 7 track titles for The Nostalgia Factory and would later all be released on what is the cream of the cassettes.

8) Out - This is a track that would only later be released on the vinyl edition of Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape and is a face paced space rock style song.

9) It Will Rain For A Million Years - This track is only available on this album however there is a track on the On The Sunday Of Life album that shares this title but is a different song.

Overall i think this album is only for collectors and hardcore fans as the quality is poor and most of the tracks can be found on other albums that contain more tracks. The only reason for getting hold of this would be to hear the tracks that are not realeased anywhere else but this is not an album that i go back to listen to and enjoy as much as the others.

Chris M | 2/5 |


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