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4 stars This will be a very short review. In fact every trak that not appears in "on the sunday of life" album is in "Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape", so maybe someone could ask why listen to this early K7? There's just one reason, this is the original work, the traks follows as Steven Wilson conceived the work and it's a good reason. YHD it's nothing else that a compilation but Tarquin Seaweed Farm isn't it. So just a last word on the tracklist. For lovers of real psychedelic sound there are two masterpieces: No reason to live no reason to die, one of best tracks ever of PT 11 minutes of pure hypnotic sound and YHD in the first version, maybe little ingenuous but great! Don't try to find this K7 in a store, search for it on the net or ask to a friend, the k7 is deleted so there's not commercial way to have it.

Alex -- I apologize for my bad english, but I'm too lazy to improove it :-)

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Posted Monday, November 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Ok, i'm going to do this review as I listen to the record, and am going to split it up into three parts, the pre-listen, the listen, and the post-listen.

Pre-listen: Ok, so I already know some of the tracks due to me owning On the Sunday Of Life... and I somewhat know that album well. The only difference on those tracks are lower quality (from what I have read about it). What I am most interested in hearing is how the tracks flow into one another in this track listing, and the songs not on OtSOL. Songs on OtSOL: Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (3 renamed Third Eye Surfer, 4/5 renamed On the Sunday Of Life...)


1. Music for the Head - Here: Cool intro, fade in flute solo. Keys in the background. Very nice opener, sets the mood for a trippy listening experience.

2. Jupiter Island: This song just takes off with the drums, great contrast to the last track. Very nice, charming melody. Very repetitive vocal, but it's a nice melody. Chorus is nice and simple, great sounding harmony. Odd ending. Good song overall, but I would like a little more variation.

3. Nun's Cleavage - Left: This song is just weird. Keyboard solo/Drum solo at the same time. This makes no sense. Great for a tape like this though, very trippy and odd. The drum solo is pretty cool too. Not too much of a song, just random stuff to me. Good, but I would have liked a little more direction in the song.

4. Clarinet Vignette: Cool solo, nice fade from last track. A very good, short instrumental.

5. Nun's Cleavage - Right: More drum solo. This is just the same thing as the "left" section of this song. Although the drums are more of the centerpiece of this than the "left" section

6. Space Transmission: This is a scary track. Works for a trippy experience like this one (the entire tape being the "experience"). Interesting story. Not really a song, just spoken word. I think this is a pretty cool track though.

7. Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip: Just a weird filler track to me. Doesn't really serve any purpose except to throw you off when Radioactive Toy randomly starts.

8. Radioactive Toy: Great floydish song. My favorite off the tape. The simplicity of this song makes it work. The guitar work is truly amazing on both of the solos. The drum fills sound really great for this song. Great ending, nice ambient sounds. Amazing song.

9. Towel: This song starts as pure WTF. The drums are so weird. Then the bass and acoustic guitar come it and make it sound, well, nice. Very nice instrumental song, it is nice to listen to once you get past the odd intro. This is one that I wish was a bit longer. Another of my favorites on the tape.

10. Wastecoat: Another weird filler song. I don't even really know whats going on in it. Its just noise really, but its done in a cool way. Only listen to this when listening to the full tape.

11. Mute: Trippy intro, more noise. Nice melody when the song really starts. Cool riff, great start. There are a few weird moments were voices take over. But there are quite a few great solos on different instruments. Another great instrumental, this is one that you should never skip over. One more favorite.

12. Music for the Head - There: Another solo, very much similar to the first track (I guess why they have nearly the same name).

13. No Reason to Live, No Reason to Die: Fade in drum/keys intro. Another good melody, nice start. Cool guitar solo, very long. This seems to be just a pure improv track, perfect for old PT (or in this case old Steven Wilson). Nice sounding instrumental. It seems that the instrumentals are the best parts of Tarquin's Seaweed Farm. The only drawback is that it feels a little bit too long.

14. Daughters in Excess: Again, this song starts with a fade in, psychedelic, noise intro. A nice bass line comes in soon after though. This songs kicks in with a sick drum beat and nice guitar noise solo over that. Very repetitive, non-stop drum beat. Nice trip-out song, but its a bit boring after a while.

15. The Cross / Hole / Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape: Nice guitar intro solo, nice sounding intro to a song. Beautiful intro, great song. Nice sounding track (The Cross). Great guitar solo. Very long, kind of dragged out and boring after a while. Next up is the acoustic section, with a very pretty solo. Sweet drum/guitar/ambience intro to, i'm assuming, Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape. This feels like a Pink Floyd song. It's very hypnotic. A great psychedelic track, very well executed with all of the spoken word parts introducing the fake band led by the fictional Porcupine Tree. Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape is a great song, most of which, after the spoken word section, is a guitar solo. The transition from The Cross to Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape was done extremely well. Overall, this is a very nice track, and one of the highlights of the album (Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, not so much The Cross). This is the perfect ending track.


Amazing Tracks: Radioactive Toy, Towel, Mute, Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape

Good Tracks: Jupiter Island, No Reason to Live, No Reason to Die

Not So Good Tracks: Message From a Self-Destructing Turnip, Wastecoat.

This album provides a great psychedelic experience, and even the not so good tracks are great when listening to the full album. The only problem the grading. If you were to look through this to find singles, and songs to skip through, you would skip most of it. This was made (even more than latter PT releases) to listen through without skipping any songs. Thats what makes this much more fun to listen to, don't skip any songs.

Overall:4/5 Great songs here and there, but some boring moments (that should have been cut shorter) were in there, and that brought the grade down.

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Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars Tarquin's Seaweed Farm, subtitled "Words from a Hessian Dack", is the first album by Porcupine Tree realeased in 1989 however at this time Porcupine Tree was only a joke band created by Steven Wilson and his friend Malcolm Stocks. The release was only available to a few people at the time and was later released by Delerium Records in 1991 in a limited edition of 300 copies.

Tracks from this and together with the album The Nostalgia Factory went into the album On The Sunday Of Life... which is considered to Porcupine Tree's first true album.

Let's begin with the fictious credits listed as the Tripping Musicians Extraordinaire:

The Porcupine Tree - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Koto and Sings

Sir Tarquin Underspoon - Organ, Electric Piano, Synthesisers and Sings

Mr Jelly - Bass Guitar

The Expanding Flan - Drums, Percussion, Drum Computer and Speaks

Timothy Tadpole-Jones - Acoustic Guitar, Percussion

Sebastian Tweetle - Blampton III operates the delay circuits and mixing desk

Solomon St. Jemain - Guitar on 'Wastecoat', Drum Computer on 'Towel' and speaks

Master Timothy Masters - Oboe, Cor Anglais

Linton Samuel Dawson operates the light show

I really like the list showing a slightly humerous side to Steven Wilson around the time he left school.

1) Music for the Head (Here) - This is the instrumental intro that also begins On The Sunday Of Life...

2) Jupiter Island - This song was written by Steven Wilson and his friend Alan Duffy who he would later lose touch with on the release of On The Sunday Of Life... I do find that this song takes a few listens to get use to and i can seeing it becoming a hated track by some listeners.

3) Nun's Cleavage (Left) - This is the title for the track which would later be renamed Third Eye Surfer on the album On The Sunday Of Life...

4) Clarinet Vignette - This song was written by Wilson and Timothy Masters. This track along with Nun's Cleavage (Right) would later be renamed the title track of the album On The Sunday Of Life...

5) Nun's Cleavage (Right) - Tracks 3, 4 & 5 all use a drum solo from a track on Soft Machine's Six album which i added a short section of information to my review of On The Sunday Of Life...

6) Space Transmission - This is a monologue rather than a song and there is not much more information i can give about it that i haven't already listed in the OTSOL album review.

7) Message From A Self-Destructing Turnip - This track again is an add on to the monologue of the previous track and for me has a more crazier title than the album.

8) Radioactive Toy - This song would later become a fan favourite however the mix of this track on this album in my opinion is only half as good and half as long as the one that people would become familiar with on the OTSOL album.

9) Towel - This a track which would not make onto the album OTSOL. The drum machine is apparent here though.

10) Wastecoat - This track again would not make it onto the cream of OTSOL.

11) Mute - This track is the longest so far on the album running at 8:07 which again does not make OTSOL. The track is more like an experimental soundscape with groans that gradually turns into a melody that is not unlike a track that you would find on one of Steven Wilson's side projects No-Man which at one time was his main project rather than Porcupine Tree because of its success. This version of the track is also an earlier mix.

12) Music for the Head (There) - This track like the first is a instrumental but rather an outro leading onto what was then when released, Side B.

13) No Reason to Live, No Reason to Die - This track is the first song to break the 10 minute mark on the album however that is understandable considering there are only 3 tracks on the Side B and no track from this side would make the onto the album OTSOL.

14) Daughters in Excess - My version of this track has bad sound quality at the beginning but slowly fades as the music begins however does not fade out completly. I presume that this happened when the track was being created on cassette. This is a track that i don't find enjoyable however i still run through it because i like to listen to the album as a whole and i rarely go through music picking out individual songs.

15) The Cross/Hole/Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape - As you may well see from the title, this track is 3 songs together and totals to an epic 20:52 minutes. The song The Cross is a cover from Prince and Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape would turn up on a later album with a different mix which i prefer.

In all because i am a Porcupine Tree fan i think this is an average album and only for dedicated fans. It is not an album that i go back to and if i do want to hear music from this period in Porcupine Tree's existence i usually go to the album of On The Sunday Of Life...

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Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars It's interesting to check out the very first works of a band, such as PT, that at the time was completely unknown, and now is considered one of the best progressive rock bands of the last twenty years. Before all that glory that we are all so familiar with, there was Tarquin's Seaweed Farm, Steven Wilson's first effort ever.

All of this material ( 15 songs!!!) would end up in different albums: The first 8 songs would eventually be part of the Steven Wilson's, aka Porcupine Tree, first studio album, "On The Sunday Of Life...", even though Wilson had to rename some tracks, and of course the music is the same. All the other songs would end up in the first compilation album of the band, "Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape".

In the first part of the album, you would be already familiar with the songs, if you ever listened to the band's (pardon, Steven Wilson) debut album. Like I said, some songs in this K7 have a different title, and the song "Radioactive Toy" is much shorter than the version of "On The Sunday Of Life...". In the second part of the album, all the songs were never released in any studio album: "Towel" could have easily been a cut from OTSOL because of it's naive experimentation and of it's pretty nice melody. "Mute" is a great jam song, with a great but not so catchy melody, while "There Is No Reason To Live, No Reason To Die" and "Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape" are real jam songs, 11 and 20 minutes of pure hallucinative moods. Not to forget "Daughters In Excess", probably the weirdest and creepiest song off the album, 6 minutes of musical delirium.

To sum up, definitely a great album, recommendable to all PT solid fans and to the "On A Sunday Of Life...." fans, even though I sadly notice that they aren't too many of them.

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Posted Saturday, July 3, 2010 | Review Permalink

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