Another Porcupine Tree Appreciation Thread

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  1. DWB1960

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    Got In Absentia about 5 years ago and loved it. Not sure why it took so long but I've finally expanded my collection to add Deadwing, Fear of a Blank Planet, Lightbulb Sun, Signify, Recordings, The Sky Moves Sideways, and both of Wilson's solo records.

    Been listening to them all non stop now for the past few weeks. Easily my favorite band of the last 20 years by a very wide margin.

    Steven Wilson is a genius IMO.
     
  2. CrackTheSkye

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    I have In Absentia and Deadwing as well as the newest one (can't remember the name). Deadwing is definitely my fav. Haven't heard any of the others but I am a huge fan of what I've heard. Porcupine Tree is a great band and I find myself listening to Deadwing and In Absentia quite often. I really need to check out the other albums.
     
  3. Ray Gianelli

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    Donnie, I did almost the same thing. Some on here recommended In Absentia, which I loved. Played it to death before finally buying another PT album, which was Deadwing.

    Wish I would have been hip to them a few years ago, as they played in Miami in 2010!
     
  4. Bankston

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    Awesome music.

    Count me a fan.
     
  5. Rockledge

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    I like everything Mr Wilson did while Mr Maitland was drumming for him. Not so much the later stuff, after he turned away from rock and more toward the metal guitar sounds.
    But it is fantastic that someone Mr Wilsons age understands the rock era stuff the way he does and can replicate the creativity of it.
     
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    Like the early stuff (when it was basically just Wilson and a drum machine), loved In Absentia, thought Deadwing was great, but stopped listening to them after that. I need to check out some of the later stuff.
    The Deadwing concert (at Irving Plaza, NYC) was also without a shadow of a doubt the best sounding live concert i've ever heard- pristine studio quality in a hall not exactly known for great sound. Still don't know how they pulled that one off...
     
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    Get his latest "Grace for Drowning" and you won't think that anymore. Brilliant brilliant album. He also gives a big FU to brickwall limiting and over use of compression on it. The dude is my hero on so many musical levels...
     
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    Got into them in the early to mid 1990s. I was passed two MP3 files from Coma Divine and have everything they have done since. SW saved the 1990s for the most part, love his stuff.
     
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    Love 'em & they are fantastic live! IMO Gavin Harrison MAKES them, as a band! Steven Wilson has to be THE most prolific writer & musician ever!

    Tony
     
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    If you haven't already, put together a good 5.1 system to really experience SW's music. It's really worth the investment - trust me on that one. In Absentia especially in surround - it just doesn't get any better than that!
     
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    Definitely!

    PM sent about Porcupine Tree...sorry about the typo.

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  12. Rockledge

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    That is one of the reasons he is able to get a rock era sound, he doesn't abuse the **** out of compression. His stuff is always very dynamic.
    The last one I heard was Incident, I can't say I am real impressed with it.
     
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    I prefer his stuff better when he was using a rock drummer. Mr Harrison is very talented, but I think rock drums are much better for Mr Wilsons approach.
     
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    I love that band - I think they keep getting better all the time. Plus, both of Wilson's solo records are essential...
     
  15. Volusia

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    I have all of PT and SW solo work and love it all. However, for me, In Absentia was their pinnacle. That's my favorite style and the album's production was stellar. My second favorite would be Deadwing with Fear of a Blank Planet close behind. Gavin Harrison's drumming on In Absentia and Fear of a Blank Planet is amazing.
     
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    One of the modern "prog" bands that I totally enjoy. Still need to see them live and I am also digging John Wesley's solo music.
     
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    Fear Of A Blank Planet did it for me. In my top 5 albums. But I love all the four modern era albums and the two live DVDs. Never gotten as much into the earlier stuff, personally.
     
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    Agreed. Not an easy first listen but once you get comfy with it it will blow you away.

    Again, Wilson is a genius IMO.
     
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    Agreed. The Incident, Up The Downstair and Stupid Dream are all definitely worth having too IMO. Also make sure you get the Anesthatize and Arriving Somewhere... DVDs. Oh, and the Nil Recurring EP. Haha. Steven Wilson puts out so much stuff it's hard to keep up!

    I agree that Steven Wilson is a genius. He's one of the torchbearers who still makes "records" the way they used to be (and should be IMO) made. As a single piece of art that is thought out in every respect. Music, production, theme, artwork, everything. The music has to be experienced through headphones or studio monitors to be appreciated fully. The listener has to actually dedicate themselves to the listening experience or risk missing a lot of the production elements. However it is also very enjoyable for it's melodies and hooks and can be great background music too.

    I love everything Porcupine Tree has done personally. The only thing I really skip is the very earliest Tarquin's Seaweed Farm/Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscapes stuff. Voyage 34 is where they found their footing and to me they haven't let up since. I started with In Absentia as well and then worked my way backwards. Some of the stuff took a little while to grow on me but now I like it all for various moods. Sometimes I want to hear the early stuff, sometimes the spacey stuff, sometimes the later stuff. That's what makes them so great for me.
     
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    Coma Divine is a superb Live Album. It was recorded on the Signify tour and covers a range of their stuff up to that point. (which is typically a bit more prog than In Absentia, Deadwing etc). But it's brilliantly recorded and gets close to 'Strangers in the Night' and 'Waiting for Columbus' in the great live ablum charts IMO.

    For some reason 'Fear of a Black Planet' doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of their recent albums I think are excellent (including The Indident).
     

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