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Porcupine Tree


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5 stars Glad that "Arriving Somewhere." has finally arrived !

Finally a live performance DVD by Porcupine Tree! The DVD comes as a 2-disc set. Disc one is a full show from the Deadwing tour filmed at Park West, Chicago in Oct 2005, edited by Lasse Hoile, with the soundtrack mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound by SW, and mastered by Darcy Proper (who mastered the award winning PT DVDAs). Disc two includes bonus live performances of Futile and Radioactive Toy from German TV show Rockpalast, the Lazarus promo clip, the live films used during the show for Start of Something Beautiful, Halo, and Mother and Child Divided, Gavin Harrison's "Cymbal Song" (also in 5.1 sound), and a photo gallery with well over 100 images.

This DVD was the DVD that all PT fans had been waiting for! As most bands with a far smaller discography had already released some DVD's, PT just made us waiting. But as always with PT the waiting was really worth it! It must have been easy (or actually could already become very difficult) to come up with a track list for this release. I think they did a great job here. I simply love the track list which is a mix of the "Lightbulb Sun, Stupid Dream" era and their later albums "In Absentia" and "Deadwing".

Somehow PT manages to always play some great tracks live that even weren't released on their studio albums. I am talking about "Revenant" and "Mother and Child Divided" which were only available on the Deadwing DVD-A and "So Called Friend" which was released only on the German/Polish "Lazarus" single. Funny that those supposedly "not quite good enough" DEADWING tracks are still better than some other bands finest!

I noticed quite some reviewers of this DVD didn't like the artistically filming and editing. For this I think one should be more familiar with PT and Lasse Hoile in particular. As all PT fans know Lasse Hoile is PT's "home artwork director". He has done some great work on most of PT's albums already. No wonder PT wanted to give their 1st DVD a similar "feel" to it. As PT fans will also know that their music and especially their live performances are always very cinematic it might not come as a surprise that they hired Lasse Hoile again, but now as the editor of the "movie". Some blurry and grainy shots are the result, sometimes in colour, sometimes in black and white, but always with enough variation to keep things interesting. No problems for me here whatsoever!

What is left is a great performance with superb sound effects and even some funny moments as well. E.g. when one of SW's guitar strings breaks in the encore "Trains" and he says: "we were doing so well." After a new guitar has been given to him he asks the audience where he was standing at the moment this happened, as the could "delete" this occurrence afterwards. Luckily they didn't!

5 stars for one of the best live DVD's in my personal collection.

evenless | 5/5 |


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