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3.73 | 91 ratings | 3 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Burning sky (11:02)
2. Voyage 34 (5:32)
3. Always never (6:28)
4. Radioactive toy (9:58)
5. Up the downstair (7:15)
6. Not beautiful anymore (8:58)

Total Time: 49:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Steven Wilson / guitar, vocals
- Richard Barbieri / keyboards, electronics
- Colin Edwin / bass
- Chris Maitland / drums, percussion, backing vocals

Releases information

Released as an LP in 1993. Also available on K7 (Delerium) from 1993.

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PORCUPINE TREE Spiral Circus Live (LP) ratings distribution

(91 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

PORCUPINE TREE Spiral Circus Live (LP) reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars This is a very interesting live release of early "Porcupine Tree" songs. The mood goes from symphonic, metal, spacey to fully psychedelic. You can find all these elements during the opener "Burning Sky". A great musical experience, I tell you. Most of the songs come out "Up The Downstair" (four out of six tracks).

"Voyage 34" their famous "trip" which is cut down here to only five minutes and which is really a good excerpts of the whole and "Radioactive Toy" one of their anthems from "On The Sunday Of Life" (but it was already featured on early tape material) do not come from this album. Beautiful spatial atmosphere for this track. This version is probably the best one available.

This release is really a good overview of their early work. On par with "Coma Divine" IMO and a perfect companion since only two songs are featured on both live releases. I wouldn't say that this is a masterpiece, but when you have six great PT numbers on a live album, you are very close.

Well, actually "Up The Downstair" and "Not Beautiful Anymore" are a bit weaker but fully belong to this "voyage".

Four stars for this excellent live effort and a very good idea to have released this one.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Spiral Circus is the first live album released by Porcupine Tree in April 1993, the period of Up The Downstair and is the first album to include the band as it was then all playing together on their first ever tour. The album name is a reference to the song The Sky Moves Sideways despite the s ... (read more)

Report this review (#288482) | Posted by Chris M | Sunday, June 27, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This LP is a great choice of early live performance from Porcupine Tree. We have here everything what's best before Sky Moves Sideways. In general music on this album is 100% Psychedelic/Space Rock. Each song is full of psychedlic sounds and groove. ... (read more)

Report this review (#124826) | Posted by signify | Wednesday, June 6, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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