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« Thread started on: Mar 18th, 2015, 06:28am »

Went to see Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall last saturday. As I walked into the auditorium my ears pricked up and I started to mouth the words 'I count the hours since you slipped away', yep 'Bonny' Prefab Sprout, I sat down and thought 'Fuck, 15 years ago they were here' and then 'God, how I would love to see them play live again'!

Anyhow 'Bonny' was followed by XTC's 'Dear God' and then by (or the next one after) 'Dorothy Parker' Prince. Apart from the PS thoughts I wondered who chose the music? The Performer? The sound engineer? I saw Roddy Frame last year (and the year before) and the PA music had a healthly sprinkling of John Martyn circa 'Bless The Weather'. When I hear stuff I own it sort of 'revs' me up and to be honest the gig better start with a bang!
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 18th, 2015, 3:00pm »

My impression is that the performers usually have a large say about what gets played.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 05:29am »

on Mar 18th, 2015, 06:28am, Ordinary Bloke wrote:
Went to see Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall last saturday. As I walked into the auditorium my ears pricked up and I started to mouth the words 'I count the hours since you slipped away', yep 'Bonny' Prefab Sprout, I sat down and thought 'Fuck, 15 years ago they were here' and then 'God, how I would love to see them play live again'!

Anyhow 'Bonny' was followed by XTC's 'Dear God' and then by (or the next one after) 'Dorothy Parker' Prince. Apart from the PS thoughts I wondered who chose the music? The Performer? The sound engineer? I saw Roddy Frame last year (and the year before) and the PA music had a healthly sprinkling of John Martyn circa 'Bless The Weather'. When I hear stuff I own it sort of 'revs' me up and to be honest the gig better start with a bang!


I was at the same show and at Wolverhampton, last night. All those songs are listed on the "mix tapes" insert (in the form of the old C90 cassette, card insert, on which you wrote the song titles) in the deluxe edition of the new album. It's entitled "Dream Kitchen" and is referenced in the song "Perfect Life". Some great songs listed on there; around 30 in total smiley.

I'm pretty sure that Steven would have chosen those himself.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 06:58am »

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the info. sounds like the PA music was part of the 'performance'. Rather intriguing! I don't suppose I could ask a favour and ask if you could post a copy of the artist/song list?

Saturday was my first exposure to Steven Wilson/PT and if/when I get round to purchasing stuff it is likely to be 'basic' CD's.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 07:35am »

on Mar 19th, 2015, 06:58am, Ordinary Bloke wrote:
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the info. sounds like the PA music was part of the 'performance'. Rather intriguing! I don't suppose I could ask a favour and ask if you could post a copy of the artist/song list?

Saturday was my first exposure to Steven Wilson/PT and if/when I get round to purchasing stuff it is likely to be 'basic' CD's.

Kurt


Hi Kurt,

My pleasure; I can scan and email or post, if you prefer. Send me a PM, with your preference/address.

The first album of his that I bought was Grace for Drowning and first concert was The Raven, October 2013. Have since bought Insurgentes but don't own any PT stuff, yet. For a few pounds more, than the basic CD, I'd recommend that you buy the CD/DVD versions, complete with 24 page "mediabook". Steven puts that much time and effort into the visuals, that it really adds to my enjoyment and appreciation of the music.

The latest album is 9.99 in HMV or 12.99 for the CD/DVD. Or 9.00 and 12.50, from his website, plus P&P. I thought that The Raven was a fantastic album but H.C.E. is even better, IMHO wink.

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