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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) [VINYL]

Steven Wilson Vinyl
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One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and his mother to Donna Summer’s ... Read more in Amazon's Steven Wilson Store

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  • Vinyl (25 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kscope
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Luminol - Steven Wilson
Disc: 2
1. Drive Home
2. The Holy Drinker
Disc: 3
1. The Pin Drop
2. The Watchmaker
Disc: 4
1. The Raven That Refused to Sing

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Highly respected British artist Steven Wilson has revealed that his third solo album will be titled 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)'. Set for release by Kscope on February 25, 2013, the much anticipated new album was written between January and July and recorded in Los Angeles in September. Steven's current band is a collection of stellar musicians: lead guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann on the drums, Theo Travis playing saxophone/flute, and Adam Holzman on keyboards. The record has been engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons and consists of 6 songs, 3 of which are 10 minute plus epics and are based on stories of the supernatural. This vinyl edition of the album is pressed on 180gm heavyweight vinyl and is packaged a gatefold sleeve with printed inners. For those who do not know Steven Wilson he is 4-times Grammy-nominated artist and the founder and frontman of Porcupine Tree. Porcupine Tree have sold in excess of 1 million records worldwide and the band's last tour concluded in sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Wilson's Previous solo album, "Grace For Drowning", charted around the world (UK No. 34, Germany No. 22, Netherlands No. 22 Dutch, US Billboard Rock album chart No. 19, Poland No. 7). In recent years Steven has emerged as a highly sought after re-mixer, working on 5.1 / surround mixes of classic albums by King Crimson, Jethro Tull, ELP and more. His production credits include work with Opeth, Anathema, Marillion, Anja Garbarek, Fish and Yoko Ono and he sang and co-wrote track on Pendulum's #1 album, Immersion. He was also the winner of the 'Guiding Light' award at the 2012 Prog Magazine awards.

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Steven Wilson's supremely ambitious third album, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), consists of 6 remarkable songs (3 of which are over 10 minutes long).

The current SW band, which comprises some of the world's most respected musicians (guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Nick Beggs, drummer Marco Minnemann, saxophonist/flautist Theo Travis and keyboard player Adam Holzman), has taken Steven's music into new and unexpected directions.

Lyrically based on stories of the supernatural, the album was recorded and engineered in Los Angeles by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons.

This vinyl edition of the album is pressed on 180gm heavyweight vinyl and is packaged a gatefold sleeve with printed inners.

<strong>Track Listing</strong>

Side A

1. Luminol (12.10)

Side B

1. Drive Home (7.37)
2. The Holy Drinker (10.13)

Side C

1. The Pin Drop (5.03)
2. The Watchmaker (11.43)

Side D

1. The Raven That Refused to Sing (7.57)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POW! 5 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
It's fascinating watching the backlash from certain reviewers about SW. Most of it seems aimed at being annoyed that he doesn't like people ripping off his music or filming his shows. What can you say about that?

He doesn't like being stolen from, and he doesn't like unapproved versions of his performances (captured on smartphones) being the things that hit YouTube. Sounds to me like an artist trying to retain control of his career. It might be foolish, or not, but not worthy of the vitriol here.

And this should be about the product. SW has regularly tried to produce what I would call 'premium' product - a physical experience that makes the purchase worthwhile in a tactile as well as artistic sense. Lush art, nice presentation, sturdy containers, hosts of extras to keep the true fan happy.

The documentary on the DVD is a thing of joy. I had no idea how funny Nick Beggs was until this!

These people are making artsy, pretentious music, but they are neither in themselves - as evidenced herein. As for the music - yes, it references plenty of other artists' work. And I guess you could say he is stealing from them. But if the net result is THIS GOOD, who cares? If the artists that he is borrowing from were still making albums this good, we wouldn't be bitching, we'd be buying them, loving them, poring over them. Not patting ourselves on the back if we happened to spot similarities to existing work.

Lose yourself in the music, kids, its what it's all about - how it makes you FEEL. And this stuff is sublime. I don't care if it is recycled. At all. And I'm not even saying that it is. It sounds amazing. I feel amazing. That should be enough.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be Amazed! 11 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For the first time in ages I have just been transported back, reminded of a day long ago and far away of a certain younger man. Having eagerly run most of the way home with his newly discovered gate-fold vinyl album tucked under his arm and finally getting down to listen to some new sounds, waiting to be amazed.
Back then there was always something new to be amazed at.
These days - not so much.

This album is without a doubt the most authentic prog rock album to date by any artist who wasn't actually around in the 70`s. I use the much maligned term prog rock, though it's not a description I like. Sadly it's the only one we have for music as diverse, melodic, complex and compositionally interesting as this.

From the opening moments of `Luminol` and through its 12:10 minutes of intricate tempo changes and mostly instrumental interplay to the last blissful moments of `The Raven that Refused to Sing`, I was held spellbound in my armchair - not wanting this album to end. I couldn't believe 58 minutes had passed.

Sure there are musical references to many bands who were around in the seventies - King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Camel, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd to name but a few.

WHO CARES when it's this good?

Also, if you have followed Steven and Porcupine Tree you know what they are about. The references are meant to be there. For goodness sakes, ALL musicians `borrow` from other musicians whether you listen to classical, pop or rock. It's what you do with it that makes the magic happen.

Steven Wilson has achieved what no other modern musician has been able to do, in my opinion.
He has taken prog rock and made it new again. (Now, if we could only give it a new name) !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album! A musical masterpiece 1 Dec 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Best album this year for me, heard it on CD first and loved it so much I bought the vinyl later. Saw Steven's Royal Albert hall show and the band were note-perfect.

Nobody else is making music quite like Steven Wilson, and this makes him one of my very favourite artists. I was previously a little sceptical of his solo project, feeling that he never quite reached the heights of the Porcupine Tree catalogue, but this album has changed my mind.

There are so many moods in this album, the title track in particularly is so sad and haunting, it never fails to make the hairs stick up on the back of my neck.

Carry on making amazing music Steven! And to anyone who hasn't heard this yet, you don't know what you are missing until you have a listen- a musical masterpiece.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of Prog Heaven 28 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ok, now to quantify this review lets start by saying that I'm not the biggest Porcupine Tree fan. I thought The Incident was excellent, Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun was pretty good, and the rest pretty average, a few good tracks here and there but nothing too remarkable.

I would not have bought this if it had not received a glowing review in Classic Rock and thought I'd give it a punt and run a download. For 5.43 what could go wrong?

As soon as it was downloaded (took a while, broadband not too speedy here) I settled down with a mug of tea googled the lyrics and off we went.

Sailing from the speakers came a sublime mix of very retro prog mixed with jazzy interludes, atmospheric keyboards - each song intertwined with a narrative story of regret, death, etc - all the usual 'happy' prog staples. Wilson has assembled a very talented band capable of playing out his visions, an unashamed romp through extended pieces that billow out slowly and dramatically with all their prog roots showing. This is the kind of music that Punk tried, and failed to kill off in the 70's, but with a pristine clarity of recording that is frankly breath-taking. If it sounds good on an Ipod, what does the blue ray version sound like?!

Highlight for me has to the last song, the title track that tells of a man who loses his sister early on in her life, and struggling to come to terms with it convinces himself that a raven he has captured will prove that there is life after death if he can get the bird to sing. As the title suggests, the raven refuses and he is left to ponder whether there is anything beyond this life. Weird? Yes, Morbid? Indeed. Beautiful, heart wrenching and downright genius? You bet your bottom dollar...

Music for the heart, the head, the soul, the past, the future. Marvellous stuff Steve, thank you so much
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another from a great artist...
Steve Wilson cannot make a mistake even if he tries. His wide appreciation of the art of music takes you back in time with this album passing a psychadelic era and back through... Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. L. Addams
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Masterpiece
Epic. A work of true genius. Something you will return to again and again, Proud to have in my collection. Will Steven Wilson ever make a bad album?
Published 14 days ago by Jonathan M
2.0 out of 5 stars The Raven that Refused to entertain
I've been a big fan of prog rock since the 1970s and was searching for something that brought the genre up to date hence my purchase of this album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Coxygoesvroom
4.0 out of 5 stars its nice
This music is nice to listen to when you are alone, and can sink deep into Stevens world of advanced music.
Published 4 months ago by yngvegronseth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Raven That Refused to Sing
This is a brilliant album by a multi talented artist and certainly one of the best prog albums of the year which improves with each play.
Published 4 months ago by mr robert hull
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than excellent
It is a while since I heard such a range of musical ideas on a single album. From the piano based Raven, guitar arpeggios of Drive Home to the driving bass lines of Luminol, it has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Higgins A
4.0 out of 5 stars Great playing and some good moments
I have to confess I am a middle aged fan of prog rock from its origins in the 1970s. I was aware of Steven Wilson's work in re-mastering King Crimson and I have caught snippets of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by singlereed
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but......
I agree with the general reviews that this is a great album. However, as noted by others, instrumentally and in terms of sound/production (except for the guitar playing), the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul B
1.0 out of 5 stars Mister Wilson, please put your solo albums on Spotify!
Since it appears that you read these Amazon reviews, I thought I would ask you to put your music on Spotify via this album review. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chas.telson1
3.0 out of 5 stars Steven Wilson - where did ego ?!
I Have been a big fan of Porcupine Tree's music over the years and have carried on following Steven's solo career. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MikeH
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