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Porcupine  Tree - Arriving Somewhere [2DVD] [2011]
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2007
I'll keep it simple. If you've never been to see Porcupine Tree then this (obviously) is the next best thing. Its a really well edited concert with nice camera and lighting effects. The track listing is great as you get some oldish stuff mixed in with the at the time new 'Deadwing' material.

But the highlights for me are 'Hatesong' and 'Dont Hate me' side by side. The drumming on 'Hatesong' is incredible and overall its better live here than on the album Lightbulb Sun.

Also of course the 13 minute + 'Arriving Somewhere but not here' is awesome, and its nice to see a track like 'Heartattack in a Layby' live too. Rare treats include 'Mother and Child Divided' and 'So called friend' (tracks taken out of Deadwing).

Get this Dvd, its flawless. Cant wait for 'Fear of a blank planet'.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 10 February 2007
Porcupine Tree: fabulous studio band, awesome live band - as amply documented here.

The extras aren't much to shout about, apart from the mesmeric Cymbal Song by Gavin Harrison - a virtuoso exploration of percussion.

But the presentation's great, and the sound quality nothing short of remarkable.

The concert itself isn't visually breathtaking, though the editing, presentation etc. are all good. This is all about the sound, and all about the playing - and that's what makes the DVD so compelling - which is what concert footage should be focussed around.

Watching them play is almost as compelling as listening, so hurrah!

Enjoy. 5 stars and a rare treat.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Porcupine Tree are on a real high of late. Their 2005 tour demonstrated a confident band right on top of their game and this has continued with their recent tour where they have road tested some impressive new material. Great songs, great playing and truly moving performances characterise this DVD. Just like all the truly great bands, it is impossible to pigeon-hole their music. From the drop D power riff opening of 'Blackest Eyes', the vitriol and passion of 'Hatesong' to the soaring melodies of 'Open Car' and 'Lazarus', the band cut across musical boundaries. In a stroke they remove the straightjacket that so many bands place on themselves and yet still manage to always sound just like Porcupine Tree'. Mixed in DTS, the sound does justice to all members of the band. Colin Edwin's exemplary bass playing really moves the air and Gavin Harrison's drumming is a real revelation when you really see what he gets up to as he restlessly stalks around his kit. Richard Barbieri's atmospheric loops, sounds and keyboards shift around the sound field and provide a tremendous backdrop to the songs whilst John Wesley provides great guitar and superb backup vocals that give Steven Wilson the space to truly shine. Wilson's vocals are magnificent throughout and his wonderfull, almost dismissive approach to guitar playing is a joy to behold. Rather than playing the guitar hero, he uses his instrument rather like a 'sonic paintbrush', creating sounds and textures that support rather than dominate the songs. In a (British) music scene of often, drab formulaic bands who have no future vision, Porcupine Tree shine like a beacon. If you love Porcupine Tree you will already have bought this, to those new to the band this comes highly recommended. An essential purchase!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Six weeks ago I had never heard of Porcupine Tree. Now I am busily buying up all their back catelogue. They are quite simply brilliant - and this praise is from someone with 45 years listening experience of all rock genres.

This DVD is superb - some of the tracks are quite heavy, but it also has real gems like Arriving/ Even Less and the Sound of Muzack. The sound quality is exceptional, and the visuals add to the overall intensity of the performances.

This band should be placed above Pink Floyd for quality song writing and certainly deserve main stream exposure (media hacks note) -

If you like great music buy this today!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2008
Not many people are aware of this band, so those that read this review may be like I was.After discovering this band thinking they really are one of the best progressive rock bands I have heard in absolute years so I the went out and bought several of their back catalogue to be amazed yet again how consistently good and original PT are.I pondered about buying this thinking that I may be disappointed that they could not produce this sound or experience that you get from the CD ---- How Wrong. PT are great musicians and sound and production are first class. Everyone I introduce to this band think they are great and I cannot believe how I've missed these guys for so long. This DVD is everything that Rock Musicianship is about. Great sound, great production and very dark and moody with top class musicians. If you like PT just buy this... 11/10.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2007
My son bought me this a couple of months ago for Father's Day. I had heard of Porcupine Tree before but never heard their music. Boy have I been missing something, this dvd is class from start to finish. If you like Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, believe me you will love this. The set list, camera work, performance is first rate. In fact it's one of the best, if not the best, live dvd's I own. I am currently buying up the band's back catalogue and have not been disappointed yet. I'm just sorry it took me so long.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2008
Porcupine Tree. Where to start?

For me it's a wind-back just over 18 months when a very good friend recommended a couple of their albums to me. I took them on an MP3 player on holiday and came back completely hooked. Fast forward to now and I have bought just about everything Steven Wilson (the creative power behind Tree) has ever made, have seen them live a couple of times and am witnessing the rise that this band so thoroughly deserve.

If you like excellent, heavy but meaningful rock, top notch song writing and musicians who can really play live with power, passion and subtlety do not hesitate to buy this. The mix of songs, the video quality, performance and sound (in 5.1) are all quite stunning.

Buy it, but only if you are prepared to get hooked!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2007
Words alone cannot describe how good this is DVD is.... Just buy it and see for yourself!

As a long-time Rush fan disillusioned with their output since the late 1980's, (and never really being able to get into the OTT musical posing that is Dream Theatre), Porcupine Tree are a revelation for me. The musicianship is superb but the songs are also supremely crafted with crunching riffs, haunting melodies and how refreshing it is to see decent guitar solos again (even Rush don't bother on the newer material!)

This DVD will draw you in and you'll be left wanting more! PT are a real inspiration and have restored my faith in modern Rock!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2007
Well I think this DVD is fantastic. I only have stereo on my TV, but the sound is excellent and the show is quite entertaining. Disc 1 comprises of a concert in Chicago and disc 2 has extras including 2 tracks not performed at the concert on disc 1.

Three things I like about this concert are 1) Gavin Harrison's drumming, 2) the joint vocals are spot on and 3) the way that Steven Wilson shares the guitar solos and not take all the credit by playing them all himself.

The one thing I didn't like was that the track Radioactive Toy on disc 2 is the shortened version and misses the original coda piece off (probably due to time restraints as it was taken from a German TV Broadcast).

If you have never seen the Tree, go and get this item and see what the fuss is about. I would also point out that this DVD is also a good starter for people new to Porcupine Tree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2009
This is an amazing DVD. The band plays really well, and I really enjoy watching at the amazing drummer, Gavin Harrison, that adorns every song with elegant details.
Steven Wilson is a very good musician.

If you like progressive hard rock, buy it, it's a must.
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