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ATLANTA

Porcupine Tree

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5 stars Yes, It is essential to all that love great music and charity. All of the proceeds of this wonderful US performance will go to helping Mick Karn (Japan, no-man) pay for his cancer treatment, That a band like PT decided to do this, with music that was already mixed and ready for an actual CD release, is truly astonishing in this world. All we ever hear about are the self-centered musical dimwits trying to climb to the top over everyone they can. True artists and humanitarians like PT should be applauded for this!

Now to the music: Brilliant! Another phenomenal performance, this time from the states. This is a wonderful companion piece to Anesthetize DVD/Bluray with a varied set list in comparison. Yes, you still get all of the FOABP tracks, but there are plenty of other gems in here, including Smart Kid, Dark Matter, Even Less, and a beautiful re-working of Half-Light (miles ahead of the DW bonus version). All expertly played by a band at the top of their game. You get it all for $10us and can download it from the PT store at their website. It also comes with printable artwork. A brgain that will make your ears and heart sing with joy.

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Send comments to pagan97 (BETA) | Report this review (#287751)
Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is my first review, so I'm not exactly sure how to start this but here we go.

This live album is interesting because of its release time. This was released shortly after a DVD made on the same tour, so this naturally has a very similar set. But there are a few songs that make it worth it for us hardcore PT fans.

Now, if you have ever heard PT live or heard one of the live albums/DVD's you should know that they do not mess around. The sound quality of the recordings are amazing, it sounds very clear and beautiful, it sounds like you are there. The quality of songs (how they played, wasn't sure how to exactly phrase that) is, as always, amazing. They play everything just like the albums (unless of course they mean to improvise or shorten) so there should be no worry of "well I don't know how it will sound". It sounds better than any live album any band has released.

Ok, if you have the Anesthetize Red/Gray cover with the 2 CD's, then Atlanta isn't really that big of deal, its mostly the same set. The few songs that I feel make it worth it are "Even Less" (because I love that song) and most importantly, this album contains the first officially released live version of "A Smart Kid". This song is somewhat old, and its surprising that it took this long to release a live version, but it was very worth it. This is a beautiful track and the live version has all of the atmosphere you could want. This song made the entire CD worth it for me (for the record, Atlanta is only available as a download from the PT website, so there are no CD copies of it) and it should be worth it to any hardcore fan.

Another very interesting part of the set is the inclusion of older/unreleased/promo/unknown songs, such as "Dark Matter", "Drown With Me", and "Half-Light". Those are also songs that make this worth it, despite them being on Anesthetize.

The only reason I give it 4/5 stars is because the set is, in my opinion, not as good as the Anesthetize DVD/CD. It is a beautiful addition to the PT live catalog otherwise. This is also a perfect buy if you are only getting the standard Anesthetize DVD, and you want an audio only version of a show from this tour.

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Send comments to Bligahphlarum (BETA) | Report this review (#287802)
Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Flawless live performance by the good guys of Porcupine Tree from the Fear of a Blank Planet tour; features the usual top notch mixing and mastering job of Porcupine Tree's albums.

Highlights: Sound of Muzak, Anesthetize, A Smart Kid, Way Out of Here, Even Less, Halo

One thing that makes me prefer studio albums to live performances is the fact that it's not hard to get sick of live albums. Fortunately, this is not the case with PT. The interaction between those amazing musicians here (and especially the slamming rhythm section) is so fun to hear.

PS: Major props to the band for helping out the late Mick Karn with this one. b

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Send comments to The Neck Romancer (BETA) | Report this review (#319270)
Posted Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Floating in the mix...

This live recording was initially released to benefit Mick Karn's cancer treatment, but sadly the ex-Japan bassist has since passed away.

The Good: I was particularly happy to get hold of this after the disappointment of missing out on an Anaesthetize box set. The set list is similar, focusing on their heavier era and features no material prior to 1999's Stupid Dream. Whilst I would have quite liked to hear Prodigal, the inclusion of Drown With Me makes up for this and I honestly have no idea why it was left off In Absentia as it really is a top tune.

The Bad: The production is weak, especially considering Steven Wilson's track record, and does little to convey the energy of a Porcupine Tree live performance.

The Verdict: A nice little package, but doesn't come anywhere near to the quality of Coma Divine.

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Posted Saturday, June 18, 2011 | Review Permalink

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