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Up The Downstair [Double CD, Original recording remastered]

Porcupine Tree Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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 (5 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B002NUZ93S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. What Are You Listening To...
2. Synesthesia
3. Monuments Burn into Moments
4. Always Never
5. Up the Downstair
6. Not Beautiful Anymore
7. Siren
8. Small Fish
9. Burning Sky
10. Fadeaway
Disc: 2
1. Cloud Zero
2. The Joke's On You
3. Navigator
4. Rainy Taxi
5. Yellow Hedgerow
6. Dreamscape

Product Description

Product Description

For the last release in the PT 'Delerium Years' series, Steven Wilson upgraded and updated the original Up the Downstair album (originally released in 1993), replacing sampled drums with real drums (played by Gavin Harrison), and comprehensively remixing the original tapes. This definitive version is augmented by a second CD containing the long unavailable Staircase Infinities mini album.

"the spiritual heirs to Pink Floyd, the Tree offer a magical kaleidoscope of elegant rock pleasure, showcasing understated rhythm, grand synth washes and sweet, punchy electric guitar" Record Collector

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars P Trees 1st real album now with real drums! 22 Jun 2005
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the final instalment in Deleriums re-issue programme of Porcupine Trees early work and has been a long time coming. Steven Wilson's plan for "Up the Downstair" was to completely re-record all the drum parts using current Porcupine Tree Gavin Harrison to replace the computer generated drums which were deemed a bit clunky. Actually in some ways this is the first true Porcupine Tree album, as the previous "On the Sunday of Life..." was really a compilation of material culled from early cassette only releases. The material for "Up the Downstairs" was written specifically for this album.
Though Steven Wilson takes on the majority of the instrumental duties here, we see the first efforts form Richard Barbieri and Colin Edwin on a track each. So this, together with Gavin's contributions makes this more of a band album than previously heard and the genesis of what would eventually gestate over the course of the next few albums into the complete Porcupine Tree band format.
"Up the Downstair" shows such a progression in terms of songwriting compared to some of the more psychedelic, experimental and just downright silly material of "On the Sunday of Life...". This album is however rock solid. From the blistering opening of "Synesthesia", this is sterling stuff. Excellent guitar solo too. In fact there is much of Wilsons wonderful trademark guitar playing throughout. I love the short "Small Fish" and the way that it lyrically and musically segues into the epic instrumental of "Burning Sky". "Fadeaway" is a beautiful closer and has long been one of Wilsons own particular favourite Porcupine Tree songs.
The second CD is the long unavailable EP "Staircase Infinities" which consists of leftover material recorded at the same sessions. There is nothing substandard about these tracks.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 16 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I obviously don't know as much about Porcupine Tree as DR D B SILLARS (below). I'm a reasonably new fan of this awesome British band.

I was first introduced to them when my younger brother told me about them after seeing them support Dream Theater a few years back. I downloaded a few tracks to see if I'd like them and then bought The Sky Moves Sideways. I liked it well enough, but haven't played it that much. Then I heard Deadwing, which totally blew me away. I'd bought Deadwing and In Abstentia; both of them the DTS versions.

I listened to them almost constantly and still listen to them often.

I decided to check out a few more albums and got Signify [Remastered] Up The Downstair [remastered]. After reading the above review I'm quite glad that I got into them when I did. I'm a drummer myself and am not keen on drum machines, although nowadays you can sample real accoustic kits and play them through a keyboard or whatever you like; but that's by and by.

Since rediscovering Porcupine Tree I haven't found a single song that I don't like and very few that don't move me in some way.

A month or two ago I would've put Dream Theater at the top of my favourite bands list. I think Porcupine Tree just took the top spot and I can't see them being knocked off anytime soon.

Porcupine Tree are deep, progressive, atmospheric and inspirational.

An album of superb quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful musical landscape 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A tremedous album from the much under-rated band. The album twists and winds through a beautiful musical landscape and eventually ends up with one of the best moody and moveing pieces of music you are likely to hear anywhere. Fadeaway must rate as Wilson's finest song. It contains mystery and inspiration yet is wonderfully melancholic. A fine album well worth the buy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a good title..... 30 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is a psychedelic exuberance, freeing the spirit. Momentary crashing waves giving way to a magnificent sunset where calmly trotting white horses play. Let go of the turmoil within.....a rapturous experience rolling on and on. Who needs comparisons, this band stands out. Just so you know, it has beat and rhythm like nobody else. A relaxation cd that leaves you feeling motivated and in tune. The swift pace changes are breathtaking. You can almost see the flashing lights as it pulses. Underestimated in my opinion. A cd with guts. (Hope this helps - best to just buy it and see!)
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