DEADWING and IN ABSENTIA – finally remastered and reissued on vinylBUY NEW PORCUPINE TREE VINYL
Limited edition coloured vinyl available for each
Two of the most popular Porcupine Tree releases, In Absentia and Deadwing, have been acquired by Kscope and will be given reissues on vinyl, with new CD editions to follow later in 2018. For the first time since their original release, they have also been remastered by PT songwriter and frontman, Steven Wilson. The new mastering has considerably less compression and limiting for a more dynamic listening experience.
Deadwing was Porcupine Tree’s eighth studio album, first released in 2005 following their breakthrough with In Absentia, it was the second in a run of 3 albums that for many represent the pinnacle of the band’s artistic achievements. It also continued their new-found commercial success to become their top selling record at the time. It has been unavailable on vinyl for many years.
Based on a screenplay written by Steven Wilson and director Mike Bennion, about half of the songs were started with a view to being part of the score to that film, but when the film failed to move into the production stage, Wilson instead made them the foundation for the next PT album, with additional material written in collaboration with the other band members.
The album features the classic singles: “Shallow” and “Lazarus“, the latter of which Wilson still performs live with his current band. Other popular songs from the album include “Open Car” and “Arriving Somewhere But Not Here“.
In Absentia was the band’s seventh studio album, first released in 2002, and was the first in a run of 3 albums that for many represent the pinnacle of the band’s artistic achievements.
It was something of a breakthrough for the band, selling three times more than previous releases. Following on from 2000’s Lightbulb Sun it had a distinctly heavier tone, partly due to the addition of legendary drummer Gavin Harrison, and was also their first for major label Lava / Atlantic Records.
In Absentia features many of Porcupine Tree’s most loved songs including “Trains“, “The Sound of Muzak” and “Blackest Eyes“. While not a formal concept album, many of the songs have common themes related to serial killers, youthful innocence gone wrong, and observations of the modern world, setting a template for many of Wilson’s future songs.
These new vinyl editions will be released on double heavyweight audiophile 180g vinyl presented in gatefold packaging. Special limited editon coloured vinyl versions are available directly from the Kscope store at Burning Shed; Deadwing will be pressed on to clear vinyl and In Absentia will be pressed on to white vinyl, as well as regular black vinyl releases.
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PORCUPINE TREE – THE DELERIUM YEARS 1991 – 1993 – 9LP BOX SET Remastered by Steven Wilson.
The band started out as little more than a joke. During his teenage years in the 1980s, Wilson experimented with primitive recording gear in his bedroom and dreamed up an imaginary band with an absurd name and an outlandish backstory. As a lark, the teenager began writing songs for his fake group. The punch line? Wilson’s joke band was seriously good. Delerium Records, a record label for underground music, released Porcupine Tree’s fresh take on psychedelic and progressive music to great success.
The box set includes the first two Porcupine Tree studio albums, On the Sunday of Life…, and Up the Downstair, as well as the Staircase Infinities mini album, the 2 EPs that make up Voyage 34: The Complete Trip, and the archival album Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape. But these records aren’t just the story of how Wilson had the last laugh when his joke band became a reality. These formative releases also trace how Wilson honed his craft and found his voice as an artist.
The LPs (pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl) have been remastered by Steven Wilson. Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape and On the Sunday of Life… feature Steven’s remasters for the most recent CD editions, which used the original analogue tapes for the first time rather than the digital copies made in the early 90’s used for all previous editions. The other albums have all been specifically remastered for this set with more naturalistic dynamics and EQ. Additionally Voyage 34 uses the full length version of “Phase IV” as featured on the original 12 inch single release.
The deluxe box includes a book featuring rare and unseen archival documents and photographs. US journalist Stephen Humphries conducted in-depth interviews with Steven Wilson about his childhood and early creative endeavours for the extensive biographical liner notes. The box, book and LP packaging has been created by long-term collaborators; photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover.