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Signify [Special Edition]

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 (23 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B001O8C5EQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bornlivedie
2. Signify
3. The Sleep Of No Dreaming
4. Pagan
5. Waiting Phase One
6. Waiting Phase Two
7. Sever
8. Idiot Prayer
9. Every Home Is Wired
10. Intermediate Jesus
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wake As Gun I
2. Hallogallo
3. Signify
4. Waiting
5. Smiling Not Smiling
6. Wake As Gun II
7. Neural Rust
8. Dark Origins
9. Sever Tomorrow
10. Nine Cats (acoustic version)

Product Description

Porcupine Tree started out as an in-joke between Steven Wilson and a friend (early recordings were purportedly the back catalogue of a fictional seventies super-group 'The Porcupine Tree', that Wilson created). Over 20 years later the group is selling out arenas across the world. Throughout this period they have evolved from a psychedelic solo studio project to one of the most revered live bands in the world, releasing 11 critically acclaimed albums, a host of singles and various re-mastered and re-mixed reissues. Signify, released in 1996, was the first complete album recorded as a full band, and fuses numerous rock and avant-garde styles, absorbing many influences but relying on none. Signify is regarded by the band (and many fans) as one of their finest works and established the band as a highly respected force in the musical underground. The first single from the album, 'Waiting', entered the UK indie and UK national chart attracting airplay all over Europe. This special edition features a complete bonus album, Insignificance that was previously released as a fan club cassette in an edition of only 500 copies. This Kscope edition of the album now comes packaged as a double cd mediabook format

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning! 24 Aug 2009
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
Porcupine Tree along with "Threshold" have been the underdogs of the mirky waters of the progressive world for a long time now, they havent made us a bad album yet (Fingers crossed for the incident out in Sep09)
"Signify" for more reasons than one is definately in the better half of the tree's catalogue.

"Signify" is a melo-dramatic affair, focusing in on the fusion of tense atmospheric moments, melody and the occasional rock riff.
And that's exactly what Porcupine tree is so good at, making albums where you have short interludes which decend into mid-length songs with perhaps one or two epic songs thrown in, all tied-up as a combined effort making the whole album feel a watertight majesty.

With signify picking out favourite songs is not easy and the reason for that is becouse the album seems meant to be listened to as one song, as opposed to a breakdown, or in other words like a "concept album without the concept" however personal standouts for me are [sleep of no dreaming, waiting part1 and Dark matter]

But truth is i can sit down and listen to it throughout enjoying the small but intricate details in such beautiful sound landscapes, here in my opinion "Signify" measures up very well against the tree's best, including [Sky moves sideways, Stupid dream and Lightbulb sun] but even they don't capture the emotion and sensitivity as well as this album.

As i'm sure many of you are aware "Signify" as well as the first half of the tree's catalogue have been re-released as single and double Digipaks where some have included an extra disc of 5.1 surround and others a disc of studio session demo/cut material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A music fan from england 16 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Its a terrible shame that Porcupine Tree do not get bigger press than they do because this is a work of genius. Beautifully constructed with dark atmospherics and finely polished production, this is PT's Dark Side of The Moon. And Steven Wilson is a modern day Roger Waters.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the (if not the) best 2 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is definately one of the best and most important Porcupine Tree albums that there is. This is the begining of the sound that they have developed over the last four albums. It is an absolute masterpiece. It begins with the psychedelic/rock riff of bornlivedie and ends with probably my favorite PT song, Dark Matter. on this album it is evident that Steve Wilson was incorporating influences from his side project Bass Communion on some of the songs.
Steve Wilson has an immutable knack for writing the most beautiful soundscapes, fusing influences such as psychedelia, rock, ambient electronica to even pop to form richly crafted songs that will remain memorable for years to come.
So, is this album worth buying? most definately
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! 20 Jan 2004
By I Am Tyler Durden VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you like Pink Floyd in the Meddle era anything by this band is for you. This is powerful psychedlic music with great tunes and Gilmour-esque guitar work. Some tracks are instumental and often seem drenched in acid induced delerium. The guitar solo at the end of Dark Matter is my all time favourite, the 1st time I heard it I had a massive pleasure rush and was crying by the end. It's like clawing up to the heavens and touching God (seriously, I mean it). The new 2nd CD has some quality out takes that tops off what for years has been a top ten album for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars May be their best album? 22 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I am new Porcupine Tree fan and really like their work, starting my collection with Dead Wing. I had not listened to their early music much. I had seen Signify and decided to give it a try it is fantastic and one or two of the tracks are amazing the best one for me is Dark Matter. Not only do you get Signify but also Insignificance demos. Which again is really good esp. Wake as gun 1, Hallogallo. All tracks on both discs are a little different to later P,T Albums but brilliant. I would highly recommend this album as it gives another dimension to P.T.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated Band - Exellent Album 7 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Want an album of songs that just grows on you with every play ?
Buy this now - play it 5 times and you will be hooked.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Undiscovered Masterpiece 20 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've never written a review before, but felt compelled to do so for this particular album. I've been a fan of PT for a couple of years now and now own all there albums, both Blackfield albums and Steven Wilson's solo album. I got into PT because I love Pink Floyd and was looking for a modern, similar sounding band, and thanks to Amazon I came across PT.
Signify is a strong album that puts together all that came before to create there strongest album at this point in there existence. A short spoken intro begins the album before Signify kicks things off. I recommend turning the speakers right up for this one. It's a light metal sounding instumental, which is a small nod in the direction of where the band would be headed in much later in the future. The Sleep Of No Dreaming brings things down to a lighter level and is a strong 2nd track that builds from the impressive work of Richard Barberi's spacey synths. Waiting is up next, one of the albums highlights with it's laid back acoustics, superb harmornies and excellent guitar solos. Sever is a good pounding track, followed by the acoustic led Every Home Is Wired. Intermediate Jesus and Light Mass Prayers are the next two tracks and I find both a little boring. The best is saved for last in Dark Matter, this is a nod to Pink Floyd and builds and builds to a magnificent climax with a fantastic guitar solo. The bonus disk is a compilation of demo's and left overs. Highlights are Wake As A Gun 1, Waiting, Smiling Not Smiling (which sounds like a Syd Barrett song) and Nine Cats (Acoustic).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, very different to later material
I'm backtracking through older Porcupine Tree - for years I only had Fear of a Blank Planet onwards, but then started to backtrack. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Hasker
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite 'Early' Porcupine Tree Album
My introduction to Porcupine Tree was 'Stars Die - The Best Of Porcupine Tree'. Very shortly after that I went on a spending spree that amounted to (several months later) owning... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars porcupine tree at there best
Published 13 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent buy
I listened to PT many years ago and this time purchased two of their albums as I felt that the music needs to be revived in this part of my life. Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. Waruna Gomis
5.0 out of 5 stars The trees finer album
This is a must for new twig lets the tree at there best a great era of rock and prog rock Signify is worthy of the king of trunks
Published on 28 Oct 2012 by Johneroberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Steven Wilson is absolutely my current favourite musician. PT on this album hit all the right spots for a prog rock fan like me. For decades Pink Floyd were my fave band. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Abzorba the Greek
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird-Brave- Works --- PT at their best
What are very comlex,dark,intellingent Album
Everything about what PT stand for as progressive rock band is on this and more besides. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Renegade
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of early Albums.
Probably only for the well trained prog/rock ear, but diffintely worth the money. gets better with ever listen. Patience is needed. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Richard I. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars A shadow-haunted but beautiful listening experience.
This is, by far, my favourite Porcupine Tree album. It mixes all the elements that Steven Wilson is influenced by into a wonderfully coherent whole that sounds unique without being... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by Alexander J. Dunn
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