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3.00 | 62 ratings | 5 reviews | 23% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pure Narcotic (edit) (3:39)
2. Tinto Brass (live in Southampton) (6:44)
3. Door To The River (4:25)

Total Time: 14:48
On the vinyl single (SMAS7 110), the first song's b'side is "Nine Cats" acoustic version (4:05),

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Wilson / vocals, guitars
- Richard Barbieri / keyboards
- Chris Maitland / drums
- Colin Edwin / bass

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PORCUPINE TREE Pure Narcotic ratings distribution

(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

PORCUPINE TREE Pure Narcotic reviews

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Review by ProgBagel
2 stars Porcupine Tree - 'Pure Narcotic (single)' 2 stars

The music is good, but only fans would want to purchase this.

'Pure Narcotic' is just an edited down version of the original on 'Stupid Dream'.

'Tinto Brass' however, is a different animal. The live version of the track bares little resemblance to the original. It is more of Tinto Brass, mixed with the improv from 'Metanoia'. The notable chorus ends the track though.

'Door to the River' is from the 'Metanoia' sessions. It isn't a very good piece, just spacey psychedelic improv.

This is a very short EP. I could not possibly recommend it to anyone but a serious fan of the band. 2 stars give due to an extreme lack of material and some of the material not being worthy. Specifically, because of an edit to the not so long piece 'Pure Narcotic' and the boring 'Door to the River'.

Review by EatThatPhonebook
2 stars For just being a single, "Pure Narcotic" isn't that bad. With that, I mean that the three songs that are here present are n't bad, even though some are better than others.

This single was released just before "Stupid Dream" came out. In fact, two of the three songs come from the album. The title track, "Pure Narcotic" , is maybe even better than the original one, even though it's shorter, and the live version of "Tinto Brass" is very well recorded, and it's almost able to compete with the original version. "Door To The River" is a very unique and interesting piece, the obscure and experimental song that was never released in an album and never had any success.

The single, to conclude, was very enjoyable, and definitely well worth the, although little, time.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This PURE NARCOTIC single is primarily valuable for established fans, although the primary purpose of a single is to draw in radio listeners new to the band. Although PT puts out uniformly interesting releases, this isn't where I'd turn first. If you're on Prog Archives and you've bothered to sear ... (read more)

Report this review (#1534480) | Posted by thwok | Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Review Permanlink

3 stars ANOTHER SHORTY This is one of the 3 singles from the album STUPID DREAM, being the other 2 : Stranger By The Minute and Piano Lessons. This one is a bit better (IMO) than Stranger.. only because i think the 2 songs chosen from SD in this cd are better than the 2 on the other single. Unfortuna ... (read more)

Report this review (#133088) | Posted by FranMuzak | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a great single if you can find it. I was lucky and found it used at Zia Records in AZ. If you are lucky enough to have the STUPID DREAM album, which can't be found right now, then you've heard PURE NARCOTIC and TINTO BRASS. PURE NARCOTIC is a wonderful light number with good lyrics. Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#9645) | Posted by | Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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