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WARSZAWA

Porcupine Tree

 

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3.93 | 262 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was recorded for a Polish radio station April 6 / 01.They brought in a live audience for this event, and there is a picture of the band, stage and crowd in the liner notes. Interesting to see that big lit lightbulb at the front of the stage. This was afterall recorded during the "Lightbulb Sun" tour. So 6 of the 11 tracks are from that album, with 3 from "Stupid Dream", as well as the title track from "Signify" and also "Voyage 34".

"Even Less" opens the proceedings and yes i'm smiling ear to ear as I hear the first strains of the guitar. Happens everytime I hear this amazing track. Drums come pounding in as Steven starts to light it up. Vocals and a calm follow. This is pure bliss."...but for the grace of God goes another man." Ripping guitar 4 1/2 minutes in with some great synth work from Richard a minute later. Guitar follows it up with a raw solo. "Slave Called Shiver" is the second straight "Stupid Dream" track. Nice bass intro as the vocals come in. This is powerful song when it kicks in. "Shesmovedon" is another all time fav of mine. Great guitar intro with a nice heavy beat. I like the contrasts throughout. Check out the guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in that goes on and on to the end. So emotional. "Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth..." opens with strummed guitar as synths and vocals come in. Those spoken word samples arrive after 2 1/2 minutes.This is so cool. The spoken word samples come and go as do the instrumental outbreaks.

"Lightbulb Sun" opens with samples of children playing. Strummed guitar and vocals follow. A fuller sound 1 1/2 minutes in. Love the synths before 3 minutes. Great guitar after 4 minutes and the song ends as it began with children playing. "Russia On Ice" opens with some good atmosphere before the guitar comes in before 2 minutes. Vocals a minute later. This is such a dark and emotional song. Fantastic lyrics. Some angry guitar 5 1 1/2 minutes in with riffs 8 minutes in. Some killer drumming and synth work after 10 1/2 minutes. "Where We Would Be" is a reflective song with strummed guitar and resrved vocals. I like it. "Hatesong" opens with bass as the crowd claps along. Drums join in. A full sound before a minute, vocals follow. An even fuller sound before 2 minutes. Mellotron 3 minutes in and 6 minutes in. Killer sound after 4 minutes. "Stop Swimming" is as Wilson says (as he introduces it) "a very sad song...and this is one of my favourite songs that i've ever written." A beautiful song. "Voyage 34" opens with those sampled vocals. Eerie synths a minute in as the crowd roars it's approval. When that PINK FLOYD-like beat comes in the crowd claps along. Great sound 7 1/2 minutes in as the drums, bass and guitar just play. Nice. "Signify" is the rocker to close the proceedings. Heavy riffs as synths wash over top. I forgot how incredible this song is. What a way to end the show.

A "must have" along with "Coma Divine" each covering different periods of PORCUPINE TREE's existance. Yes, this is essential to all PORCUPINE TREE fans.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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