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TRANSMISSION IV

Porcupine Tree

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4.13 | 85 ratings | 9 reviews | 51% 5 stars

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1. Moonloop - Unedited improvisation (40:07)

Total Time: 40:07

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Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Wilson / guitar, keyboards, samples
- Colin Edwin / bass
- Chris Maitland / drums

guest musicians:
- Markus Butler / harmonica
- Rick Edwards / percussion

Releases information

Promo-CD Delerium Records (2001)
Limited edition of 500 copies in a transparent blue plastic cardsleeve.
This fourth and final Transmission PT information service release (only available to subscribers) contains a complete improvisation from 1994

LP Delerium Records DELEC LP 999 (2006)
Limited edition of 1,000 copies on white vinyl.

CD Delerium Records DELEC CD 999 (2006)
Limited edition of 1,000 copies. It contains one 40:07 minute track, the remastered version of the original release.

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PORCUPINE TREE Transmission IV ratings distribution


4.13
(85 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(51%)
51%
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Review by evenless
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5 stars Only 500 copies of the MOONLOOP TRANSMISSION IV were printed and mailed out to PT Newsletter subscribers. Excellent unedited improvisation by Colin Edwin, Chris Maitland, Steven Wilson and guest artists Markus Butler on harmonica and Rick Edwards playing the percussions. If you already liked "Moonloop" on "The Sky Moves Sidesways" you will totally LOVE this unedited track of 40m07s long! Some true musicianship comes to light while the quintet is jamming along in the Doghouse in Henley on the 28th of June, 1994.

For fans who would like to have this item: it was recently re-released by Freak Emporium (former Delerium Records) on white and black vinyl. You can order it for a reasonable price on their website. If you still want 1 of the 500 copies in CD format I wish you good luck bidding on eBay!

P.S. There has been a re-release of an extra 1000 copies by former delerium records, presently known as freakemporium. Be quick and serve to www.freakemporium.co.uk to get your original copy!

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Posted Friday, July 07, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars As their "Voyage 34, The Complet Trip", this release reminds me "Tangerine Dream" a lot. Of course, you'll need to be in the improvisation style to appreciate this. Because otherwise, you will easily lose your temper after a while and stop listening to this.

So, if "TD" is a band you like and if the early live "Floyd" is also one of your good companion, there are good chances that you will be able to digest this work.

So did I. Especially in the second part which is richer in sounds and during which we'll even get some frenetic guitar for a while (starting around minutes thirty-three).

do not expect too much though. It's like if you would be listening to thirty minutes of the middle part of "Echoes", which might sound a bit longish, right ?

This is of course not a masterpiece, but a pleasant moment of trippy music which I appreciate most while getting to sleep.

Three stars.

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Posted Saturday, September 29, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This is an unedited 40 minute improv recorded June 28th 1994. We even get a couple of guests adding harmonica and percussion.There is a shorter version of this song on the "Sky Moves Sideways" double disc I own. In fact if your as big a fan as I am of that album you'll love this EP. This has that same spacey style that just takes me away.

"Moonloop" is very spacey to start and we get some birds chirping 1 1/2 minutes in. Percussion and guitar join in. The guitar is becoming more prominant around 7 minutes and it continues to get louder. Nice. Spoken word samples around 15 minutes as the spacey atmosphere continues. Drums and bass come more to the fore 21 minutes in then the harmonica follows. Organ after 25 minutes. Back to the percussion and birds before 30 minutes. It's building at 32 minutes until it's rocking out pretty good after 33 minutes. It settles after 35 minutes and drifts along until it's over.

It's very tempting to give this 5 stars it's so good.

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Review by Bonnek
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4 stars I'm up at the strangest hours these days, and it looks like that will allow me to post the first review of 2011, a fine occasion to draw some attention to this rare but extraordinary Porcupine Tree release.

The 40 minute Moonloop version on this album differs quite a lot from the better known 20 minute edit available on the Sky Moves Sideways. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find the similarities. The version here represents a relaxed improvisational side of PT that the band has not shown since 1997 and that is only evident here, on Metanoia and to a lesser extent on Voyage 34. The recording dates from June 1994, a bit before the similar Metanoia sessions, and though if I'm quite the fan of that album, I'd rate this Moonloop even higher. Strangely enough the album does not contain the powerful closing section "Coda" which would have made this a 5-star release for me. But really, that's the only negative thing I can think off with regards to this superb release.

The obvious references for comparison are Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream. Not that there are any sequenced synth patterns here, but Barbieri gets a lot more space to shine then on other PT albums. With a wide array of organs, synths and sound effects he creates lush and layered spacious sounds. Chris Maitland proves why he was the perfect drummer for this incarnation of PT, his unique style gives this piece the spontaneously flowing and swinging groove it needs. Wilson is in higher atmospheres and never has played with more psych sensitivity then here.

Conclusion, this is not for PT newbies or for people that only appreciate their post-97 or later material, they might find this a complete musical non-event. But if you can do without flashing Prog action this is one worth hunting down. Recommended to fans of early Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Ozric Tentacles, GYBE, IEM and other mesmerizing spacious music.

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Posted Saturday, January 01, 2011

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars I know this one from their legendary Coma Divine gig in Rome 1997. My favourite sample regarding the performance, very emotional and comprising a fantastic guitar solo by Steven Wilson. So sooner or later it was about time to come closer. This complete original studio jam has much qualities indeed. Let me point out some significant details concerning the line-up first: the whole keyboard/synth input is provided by Wilson - no, Richard Barbieri is not aboard here. Consequently this implies that some overdubs were obligatory.

The cool percussion adds are presented by a guest musician, Rick Edwards. Chis Maitland concentrates himself on his drum kit exclusively. Well, if you reserve 40 minutes for one improv recording, then you have all the time to let it flow. Ambient and spacey moments are in the majority ... they are building the frame so to say. The kick-off evolves like they were preparing their instruments for a soundcheck. Wilson's pleading guitar comes in, Colin Edwin and Rick Edward intimate some groovy approach and finally they switch into the memorable Moonloop flow step by step.

The bass is the driving force in between where the others often seem to hold back, nice and gripping interaction really. When Markus Butler comes in with his harmonica they groooooove the studio. A fall back into a spacey flow follows repeatedly though, Wilson shines with samples and excellent organ/synth contributions. Coming towards the end the band changes into an uptempo mood and finally really rocks for some furious moments. 'Transmission IV' is a substantial snapshot from Porcupine Tree's spacey era - recommended!

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3 stars A day in the life of Porcupine Tree! Transmission IV (Moonloop), a forty minute long unedited improvisation, is at its best "inspired", although at close distance, a swirling tribute, here and there and everywhere to Mr. Pink's "trade-mark" guitar atmospherics. Why Steven Wilson intended to do so ... (read more)

Report this review (#1255144) | Posted by admireArt | Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am a happy owner of this rare release (which was a bi**h, because I live in Colombia), and have to say that, although it is masterful, it does need extensive "digestion" before falling into such category. The first time I listened to (at least) the first five minutes of this, I went "Did my d ... (read more)

Report this review (#273226) | Posted by Juan.Pablo.Gonzalez | Saturday, March 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'm very very happy to own this very rare (and meanwhile also very expensive) Promo-CD (Thanks @ ebay). It's a pity that most people never have a chance to listen this item. 40 minutes perfect sound, 40 minutes perfect chill-out, 40 minutes deepest relaxing, 40 minutes PURE CULT !!! - a must h ... (read more)

Report this review (#46728) | Posted by Grendelbox | Thursday, September 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you like TSKMS, you'll love this. 40 minutes of music taking you to other places, obviously some were in outer space, like the moon, and forgetting about everything around you. A perfect album to creat a nice atmosphere for relaxing or chilling. If that's what you're looking for in music, t ... (read more)

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