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Variations On A Dream Double CD

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Everyone knows that slow and steady wins the race and that the greatest ideas often take a while to sink in. But with a little luck, the planets should eventually align and the world will come around to your way of thinking. The Pineapple Thief’s graceful rise to progressive rock glory may have taken over a decade but as Bruce Soord’s ever-inventive brainchild gear up to release ... Read more in Amazon's Pineapple Thief Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B005LZLFVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We Subside
2. This Will Remain Unspoken
3. Vapour Trails
4. Run Me Through
5. The Bitter Pill
6. Resident Alien
7. Sooner Or Later
8. Part Zero
9. Keep Dreaming
10. Remember Us
Disc: 2
1. Sunday November 3rd
2. Monday November 4th 
3. Tuesday November 5th 
4. Wednesday November 6th 
5. Thursday November 7th 
6. Friday November 8th 
7. Saturday November 9th – 14:11 
8. Saturday November 9th – 21:16 
9. Sunday November 10th 
10. Sunday November 10th – 14:20 

Product Description

Classic albums from The Pineapple Thief - Now re-mastered and on Kscope 2CD set - 2004 album along with rare 8 Days album 2010 was a landmark year for The Pineapple Thief. The band released their latest album, the critically acclaimed Someone Here Is Missing ('extremely classy and frequently mesmerising' Classic Rock), along with the Show A Little Love EP ('it is here that the real magic of a band like TPT shines through' Classic Rock Prog) and followed a string of festival performances with a European tour. While these releases, along with 2008's Tightly Unwound, were many people's introduction to the band they have actually spent the past ten years quietly building up a dedicated fan base across the globe, selling over 25,000 records and nurturing their 'bittersweet' progressive sound. This release is the second in a series of re-mastered reissues from the band's back catalogue. Variations On A Dream was the band's third studio album and was originally released in 2004 on the Cyclops label. Bruce has re-mixed and re-mastered the album for this Kscope edition. It is also presented in the same way as the originally limited double album release with the 8 Days album (limited to 1000 copies and never released separately) on CD2.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David A. Saunders on 10 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you only buy one album this year, then get this. If you want your faith restored that there are bands out there who are producing pure class in pop/rock then look no further. Bruce Soord and his band have produced his masterpiece and all fans of later Porucpine Tree, mellow Radiohead and Mew should simply buy this and be blown away. Each track has melodies and hooks to die for, superbly played with music ranging from sublime and haunting ballads to more progressive leanings away from pop to rock. Bruce manages to do this with the greatest of ease but never losing his sense of melody or structure. This is his band's third release with the first hinting of the talent, the second taking big leap forward in terms of composition and style and now with the third, he has surpassed himself. If you love the aforementioned bands but with a touch of his own style, then go out and buy this. It is no good going through each track as they are all wonderful. As I said earlier, this album has restored MY faith in music, now let it restore yours.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By thirdsystem on 23 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album as it was a recommendation from amazon.

Having never heard the band before I was simply stunned when I listened to this beautiful, crafted masterpiece of music. The whole album is superb but in particular We Subside, Vapour trails, Part Zero, and Remember Us.

Great melodies, excellent guitar, thought provoking lyrics. Mellow, chill out, melodic progressive rock that grows on you with each listening untill it burns into your soul.

This band should be MASSIVE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booker on 4 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a great find. PT (not to be confused with the most excellent Porcupine Tree) is a hard-to-get item over here in Canada, but I took a chance based upon a recommendation, and I'm sure glad I did. The production is not "large record company/super shiny" quality, but that's what makes this album so amazing. Fans of Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, et al, take note. Sure, Soord sometimes evokes the two lead singers from the aforementioned bands, but he's also got a quality all his own. The arrangements and ambient effects created by the fact that this album was produced in Soord's own house lends itself to a much more loved approach.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 4 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though signed to the British progressive rock label Cyclops, this bands sound owes more to the streamlined contemporary rock of Porcupine Tree, Radiohead and Anathema. Songwriter Bruce Soord has created a very fresh sounding record, with lots of beautiful guitar and keyboard textures throughout. There are progressive elements in the arrangements, particularly on the lengthier tracks such as "Vapour Trails", "Part Zero" and the album highlight, the 16 minute closer "Remember Us". But there is nothing indulgent or overblown here. The arrangements are tight and everything flows effortlessly. The songs are classic English melancholia which bands from Pink Floyd through to Anathema do so well. Not depressing, but introspective and a touch haunting. A new album is promised for later this year and I hope wider recognition ensues. This band deserves to be heard.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "richard13425" on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've recently got a copy of this album from Amazon, and I am very, very impressed. It nearly gets five stars but not quite as I do get the feeling Bruce and his pals have almost hit the musical jackpot, but one more nudge is required. A new album is coming soon, and this could well be the one that does it.
Prog afficionados will love it and at the same time it is poppy enough to appeal to fans of bands like Coldplay and Keane. It's also somewhat reminiscent of pre-Kid A Radiohead. Being signed to a prog label doesn't help sales but does free the band from any duty to purvey insipid and dreary music - like Coldplay and Keane! Whilst the "progressive" tag has stopped groups such as the band's initialsake Porcupine Tree from becoming megastars, it generally means you'll get creative music played from the heart. This is certainly the case with this lovely record.
Not a duff track in sight, though initially the long ones - "Vapour Trails", "Part Zero", and "Remember Us" stand out - but with later listens, less obvious tracks such as piano-led "The Bitter Pill", the immaculate "Sooner or Later" and the Floydy "This Will Remain Unspoken" knock at your door. There is some great guitar work and the expertly played synthesised classical instruments add grandeur - nice mellotron too.
This an exquisite album. Prog it may be, but it deserves a wider audience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher on 9 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is a real find. It's beautifully crafted and really well played. The arrangements sometimes border on the classical (with a bit of Mike Oldfield thrown in) and with vocals that are reminiscent of Thom Yorke (Radiohead) or even Smashing Pumpkins. It's an album that I find I'm playing again and again. This is well worth taking a chance on - it's a really delightful listen and has made me want to explore what else this excellent band has to offer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "southbourne_chess" on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I wholeheartedly agree with the ringing endorsements of all the authors below. A stunningly beautiful recording of haunting prog music, one that deserves to go down as one of the best of this type ever. Highlights are Vapour Trails, Part Zero and the 'semi-epic' closer Remember Us but there is no weak song on the whole hour's recording.
I eagerly await the new recording which is promised soon and will be seeing them soon at the Chippenham Prog Festival.
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