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    Posted: November 05 2015 at 11:28
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22nd January will see the release of a new Steven Wilson album “4 ½”, so titled because it forms an interim release between Steven’s recently released fourth album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and the next studio album.

4 ½ comprises 6 tracks with a total running time of 37 minutes. 4 of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase., and one from the recording sessions for the previous album The Raven that Refused to Sing. The final track is a version of Don’t Hate Me, a song originally recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998, and is based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe with additional recording later done in the studio. The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb.

Also appearing on the album are members of Steven’s band over the last few years; Adam HolzmanNick BeggsGuthrie Govan (Official)Dave KilminsterCraig BlundellMarco MinnemannChad Wackerman, andTheo Travis.

4 ½ will be released by Kscope on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and blu-ray, with all formats housed in a beautiful die-cut sleeve photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover. The blu-ray (audio only) edition includes high res stereo, a 5.1 mix of the album, and a bonus 5.1 mix of the new version of Lazarus (recently included on the Transience vinyl compilation). The vinyl edition will include a download code for the album in a choice of FLAC or mp3. The album will also be available digitally on 22nd January from iTunesAmazon.comGoogle Play & Apple Music.

Steven Wilson - "4 ½"

1. My Book of Regrets (9.23)
2. Year of the Plague (4.15)
3. Happiness III (4.31)
4. Sunday Rain Sets In (3.50)
5. Vermillioncore (5.09)
6. Don’t Hate Me (9.34)

https://www.burningshed.com/store/stevenwilson/

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Breaking news on PA. Steven Wilson's new album, entitled "4 ½" hits spot number 24 on Best Prog Albums Ever, beating out Miles Davis, Gentle Giant and *gasp* Steven Wilson himself. Is there anything this man cannot do?????
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^ "PA Top Prog Albums" will become "SW Top Albums" in a few years LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pastmaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2015 at 12:03
Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

^ "PA Top Prog Albums" will become "SW Top Albums" in a few years LOL

I wouldn't be surprised unfortunately, I honestly don't get why he's so popular.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2015 at 12:03
Thanks Sam.....I was hoping he would release a statement about PT coming off hiatus....Cry


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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Thanks Sam.....I was hoping he would release a statement about PT coming off hiatus....Cry

I wish they would. Cry
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^ I enjoy all of SW solo material, but I really love Porcupine Tree and the heaviness. On the HCE tour he played Sectarian from GFD, but explained he changed the arrangement so the song was heavier, more metal....It sounded like a PT song off In Absentia........nice.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Meltdowner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2015 at 12:14
Originally posted by Pastmaster Pastmaster wrote:

I wouldn't be surprised unfortunately, I honestly don't get why he's so popular.
That would be a good idea for a thread, like the "Why did Pink Floyd..." one
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

^ I enjoy all of SW solo material, but I really love Porcupine Tree and the heaviness. On the HCE tour he played Sectarian from GFD, but explained he changed the arrangement so the song was heavier, more metal....It sounded like a PT song off In Absentia........nice.
I'm sure he would still not play PT's 90's material, that's what I'd like to see the most. 
He didn't play "Sectarian" but played "Sound of Muzak" and "Open Car" here two months ago Smile
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Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

^ I enjoy all of SW solo material, but I really love Porcupine Tree and the heaviness. On the HCE tour he played Sectarian from GFD, but explained he changed the arrangement so the song was heavier, more metal....It sounded like a PT song off In Absentia........nice.
I'm sure he would still not play PT's 90's material, that's what I'd like to see the most. 
He didn't play "Sectarian" but played "Sound of Muzak" and "Open Car" here two months ago Smile


On the Raven that Refused to Sing tour he played Radioactive Toy, and it was amazing (Theo Travis added to the solos). Actually, that was an amazing concert, I wonder why he didn't release any concert from that tour... it would be one of my favourite live albums or videos ever.
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Originally posted by sublime220 sublime220 wrote:

Breaking news on PA. Steven Wilson's new album, entitled "4 ½" hits spot number 24 on Best Prog Albums Ever, beating out Miles Davis, Gentle Giant and *gasp* Steven Wilson himself. Is there anything this man cannot do?????

There is one thing he cannot do: prevent his albums from being overrated by people who haven't even heard them yet Ermm.
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Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

On the Raven that Refused to Sing tour he played Radioactive Toy, and it was amazing (Theo Travis added to the solos). Actually, that was an amazing concert, I wonder why he didn't release any concert from that tour... it would be one of my favourite live albums or videos ever.
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well I had read in the interview earlier this year that he planned everything already about his next album... so I was shocked about this news like how could you release a album, tour half a year and then release a new album...so I thought it must be smth else and yeah its the songs from the albums session
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Interesting.

Even though HCE isn't a fav, I am interested in hearing the stuff deemed no good for it.
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At the second Montreal show of the HCE tour, which I attended, Wilson played How is Your Life today and Trains.

From setlist.fm they played lots o' PT -- http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/steven-wilson/2015/royal-albert-hall-london-england-73f4da81.html -- including 90's stuff
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Should be interesting to see these outtakes. The Raven cut should be good, I'm wondering what the headpaint cuts are like. Considering how dull the album's tracks were after the first two, could it be that these are diamonds carelessly left in the rough, or just more soot?
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Here in Seattle on HCE tour he did play Sleep Together, which was freaking awesome..so loud and hard, it was great. Would love to have heard Trains.....

BTW: I just pre-ordered 4 1/2 from Burning Shed.


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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Here in Seattle on HCE tour he did play Sleep Together, which was freaking awesome..so loud and hard, it was great. Would love to have heard Trains.....

BTW: I just pre-ordered 4 1/2 from Burning Shed.

Agreed, Sleep Together was fantastic - and fit within the context of the show remarkably well. 

I also attended shows that were part of the Raven tour. Radioactive Toy was a fantastic encore - probably the best version of that song I've heard. I would love to have a recording of that...
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