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Lightbulb Sun [CD+DVD]

Porcupine Tree Audio CD
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Porcupine Tree is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorize and innovative bands working today.

The band is fronted by Steven Wilson, who also is well-known for his work producing other artists, from Swedish progressive metal group Opeth, to Norwegian chanteuse Anja Garbarek. He also has several other projects, including No-Man, Bass Communion, and ... Read more in Amazon's Porcupine Tree Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B0013URJTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lightbulb Sun
2. How is Your Life Today?
3. Four Chords That Made a Million
4. Shesmovedon
5. Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recylced
6. The Rest Will Flow
7. Hatesong
8. Where We Would Be
9. Russia On Ice
10. Feel So Low
Disc: 2
1. (DVD-Audio) Lightbulb Sun
2. How is Your Life Today?
3. Four Chords That Made a Million
4. Shesmovedon
5. Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recylced
6. The Rest Will Flow
7. Hatesong
8. Where We Would Be
9. Russia On Ice
10. Feel So Low
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

A brand new edition of the long out of print 2000 studio album by Porcupine Tree. The album contains the original studio versions of PT classics such as Shesmovedon, Russia On Ice, Hatesong, and Feel So Low, and has been lavishly revamped into a definitive 2 disc set. Disc one is a CD containing a pristine remix / remaster of the album, while disc two is a DVDA (playable on any DVD player) containing the album remixed into 5.1 surround sound (in DVDA and DTS versions), as well as a 24 bit high resolution version of the stereo mix and the original 2000 mix/master. Also included are 5.1 mixes of bonus tracks Disappear, Buying New Soul, and Cure for Optimism (N.B. for dts 5.1 surround systems only), which were recorded during the same sessions. This is the definitive version of one of the essential albums in the PT catalogue, it comes packed in a digibook

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come back Prog all is forgiven! 12 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
At the moment I can't listen to anything else! I bought this a few weeks ago and it has hardly been put back in its cover. Favourite tracks are Shesmovedon and Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth and The Rest Will Flow. wonderful guitar breaks, (esp Shesmovedon) subliminal stuff! come back prog all is forgiven. I think Richard Barbieri used to be in Japan back in the 80s, this is evident in the atmospheric bits. I have to say I'm not so keen on Russia on Ice but maybe just haven't listened to it as much as the other tracks yet. to sum up: trippy guitar solos, melancholic atmosphere but somehow incredibly uplifting too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate one line summarys 2 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this CD after getting the new Opeth work "Blackwater Park". Steve Wilson produced and did some vocals, guitars and piano for that excellent disc so I decided to give them a listen, this "Lighbulb Sun" being the only one at hand, I must say I was not at all dissapointed. Thankfully im not a Prog purist and can appreciate the music for what it is and not what the band was. This is a work of immense beauty with it's immaculatly crafted song writing and pop sensibilities. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes music in general, listen to songs such as "Shesmovedon","Hate Song",and "Russia on Ice" and you will see what I mean.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best work 26 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Probably my favourite Porcupine Tree recording, although Stupid Dream runs it a close second, this album is packed full of memorable songs. The opener (Lightbulb Sun) has a superb guitar riff and a top guitar solo from Stevie W Esquire, which really sets the tone for the whole piece. Four Chords That Made A Million is a good bit of fun-poking at the pop industry, and Rest Will Flow is a lovely piece of upbeat music (a rarity with PT). Other favourites of mine are the raw emotional Feel So Low and the awesome Russia On Ice - half a song and half a hulking heavy instrumental that proves Chris Maitland is the best drummer in the history of the universe (I didn't like it at first though, so give it time).
However, easily the highlight of the album is Shesmovedon, worth the price alone. It has everything - meaninful lyrics, excellent chorus with haunting harmony, and a top piece of guitaring to cap it all. Buy this album and you certainly won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era for the band 15 April 2008
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the last studio album from the Porcupine Tree back catalogue to receive the remastering treatment by Steven Wilson and can be seen as the end of an era for the band. It was to be drummer Chris Maitlands final album, replaced by Gavin Harrison for 2002's "In Absentia" which also introduced a much heavier, metal-influenced style. Released a year after "Stupid Dream" which for me was a certain creative peak for the band, "Lightbulb Sun" was slightly overshadowed by its predecessor. With this new issue, it is clear that the material was still strong, but maybe not the progression we had always come to expect from the band. Maybe that was why Steven Wilson took the band on such a radical journey for the next instalment.

Favourites are the epic "Russia on Ice", with Richard Barbieri's beautiful electric piano introduction, the apocalyptic "Last Chance...." and the sad "Feel So Low". Even what is regarded as Wilson's bid for commercial glory, "Four Chords That Made a Million" sounds mighty strong on this remix. Yes, the album has been remixed as the CD is a mix down from the surround version, available on the DVDA disc included in this 2 disc package. This stereo mix does sound very good indeed, with Colin Edwin's bass sounding more prominent than on the original mix. In fact every instrument has been given room to breathe!

There are no extras on the CD disc, but additional bonus tracks, including the original 2000 stereo mix available on the DVD. If you only have access to a CD player then you may feel a bit short changed. The bonus tracks are excellent, especially the wonderful "Buying New Soul".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Acquaintance 24 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Finally some decent, well-arranged, artistic rock. The band name is Porcupine Tree, and 'Lightbulb Sun' is truly one of the best albums released these last years.
The top track of the album is the 13 minutes masterpiece 'Russia On Ice'. An amazing composition which might be regarded as the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' of our time.
The singles 'Four Chords That Made A Million' and 'Shesmovedon' as well as 'Feel So Low' are among the other songs which contribute to the greatness of 'Lightbulb Sun', different however they are.
Whereas the former is genuine rock put under an electronic coating, the two latter are beautifully arranged and softly sung rock ballads. Adore the chorus on 'Shesmovedon', admire the crispy guitar on 'Feel So Low'. You won't find much better.
Porcupine Tree is something you HAVE to give a try, it's as simple as that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time I heard PT, but not the last.... 23 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after a friend exposed me to the wonderfully odd "Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It IS Recycled" and can I say this track was just the tip of the iceberg. "Lightbulb sun" is a rare monster sandwich of an album, packed full of haunting guitar and odd sci-fi noises. I can honestly say I have never really heard anything like this on earth before. From beginning to end this album is simply gorgeous, there are no other words to describe it. And it is well worth getting the special edition as the video for "Piano Lessons" is hillarious and the featured songs on the bonus CD are simply magic. In particular I recommend the "Mission Impossible on Speed" type tune, "Tinto Brass". Well enough from me, I'm off to buy Porcupine Tree's "Coma Divine". Why don't you kick off your PT collection (or add to it) with this wonderful musical journey of dark and light. Bon apetit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Doom and Gloom!
It's true! Many of the songs on this album relate to relationship break-ups and depression. It's a tough choice, but I'd probably have say that Lightbulb Sun is my favourite PT... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Filthy the Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars my best friend from school
would probably like this aswell. I dont know why I like PT and SW but everything they do is bloody great. This is one of my favourites.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Warman
4.0 out of 5 stars its nice
this album of PT, is a good album, nearly up there with the bands best ones, buy it you like it
Published 5 months ago by yngvegronseth
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Listening/Progressive Rock
As is often the case with this genre, skilfully played and produced, clever but just a bit.. nice.
Non-disturbing background music.
Published 9 months ago by Tomsk
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
It's à great album from the very good musicians of Porcupine Tree. Nice booklet. Buy it, it's more than worth it.
Published 10 months ago by Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd.
this also is an absolute must but for porcupine tree fans.every track is superb.well recommended.this is one of my favourites.
Published 16 months ago by argyle boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile reissue for 5.1
You possibly have to be a bit sad to buy an album again for the surround sound version on the dvd. But I did, and it's worth it, especially before it ends up in the silly price... Read more
Published 19 months ago by droflim
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally this album is re-released for everyone who missed it before.
Okay, I must confess like most of the reviewers I already have this album from the original release. But I will not be buying it, I would though, if I had a 5.1 system. Read more
Published on 21 April 2008 by A. D. Mutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
I agree with most of the previous reviews. The songs are very good, especially "shesmovedon" and the magnificient "Russia on ice". Read more
Published on 16 April 2008 by Juan Carlos Escalera Merino
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, and epic.
The review below that gives this 3 stars doesn't know what he's talking about. But then he also admits to not having a 5.1 system to hear this properly.... Read more
Published on 14 April 2008 by Jon B
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