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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most A-list albums, 7 Jun 2001
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Nick Green "author" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a compilation of rare Porcupine Tree tracks that shows quite a different side of them - their B side, you could say. Most tracks have a dark, sparse beauty about them that fans of Radiohead, Muse and Coldplay would be sure to recognise. However, Porcupine Tree consistently go beyond those three bands with greater variety of emotion and musical experimentation... one track even sounds like it could be on a recent Blur album. The Tree are possibly the best british alt-rock band around these days... it's a shame their sales don't reflect it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overspill material of B sides but a good album in its own right, 27 Nov 2010
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A great set of material.
Dark-Sinister in places and yet very stripped beautiful and melodic with the balls out rockers thrown in for good measure.
If you like PT - you'll love this.
Certainly not an album of fillers although the songs are the B sides.
very-Very good.
Just buy it and crank it up
Great through a good sound system played LOUD!.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one band or three, 4 Mar 2002
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A variety of musical canvases ranging from simple guitar and voice, through to nearly fifteen minutes of prog rock anthem make this an album that is hard to classify. This is currently one of my most played albums, and looks likely to stay that way for some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return for this superb masterpiece, 27 Feb 2011
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I purchased the limited numbered version ten years ago and have loved the album ever since. The album comprises of B-sides and unreleased tracks from when the "Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun" albums were released. The album is that good that it puts most artists regular albums to shame. The stand-out tracks for me are "Buying New Soul", "Ambulance Chasing" and "Even Less". There is even more of "Even Less" as it is the extended version which is twice as long as the album version.

It is nice to have the album available again so fans who do not have it in their collection, can get it at a regular price and not pay over the odds for a second hand version.

Purchase with confidence, listen with pride and wonder how you managed without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning, 10 Jan 2011
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No Porcupine Tree fan should be without this gem. The 9 minute track 'Untitled' is worth the price alone. I can't believe it has been shelved for so long! Most of the music pre-dates their prog-metal period and tends to be more on the mellow side. But if that isn't enough to tempt you - the recording quality is the best I've ever heard on a rock album - so if you need a hifi test disc .......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even more of Even less, 30 Jan 2012
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Oh, what a wonderful band Porcupine Tree are! This is an album that had become a much sought-after remaindered CD - mostly on the basis of the longest song of the set - the 14-minute "Even Less" which was the song that first introduced me to the band - and it is absolutely wonderful. As an entire album, there might be more fully-formed instances in PT's back catalogue, but this album has some beautiful highs. Buy it! And if you like this, then buy "Stupid Dream", and "Signify" and then "In Absentia" and "Deadwing" and...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Even Less' or More, 17 Sep 2010
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Fletch-a-sketch "Fletch" (Wiltshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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How refreshing a reissue which is exactly that, a straight reissue of an original release no bonus tracks and minimal if at all tweaking of the sound to `improve it'. The original release was a set of outtakes and non album tracks from a productive and fertile period in the lives and times of Porcupine Tree The period which produced `Lightbulb Sun' and `Stupid Dream' both currently available on Amazon and in surround, so there would probably not be much to add as bonus tracks anyway.
As this was going for big bucks on popular internet auction sites and this should take the sting out of that, and collecting Porcupine Tree albums for those late to the band.
Tracks include the full length studio `Even less' clocking in at nearly quarter of an hour, `Buying New Soul' and `Ambulance chasing' all very good tracks and worthy of appearing on there relevant albums.

A cracking reissue and some stunning music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting a long time for this., 3 Dec 2013
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M. Williams "Mardin" (UK) - See all my reviews
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The Porcupine Tree out takes and those tracks that didn't make it onto the CDs of the day. Arguably (IMHO) one of PT's best ever tracks and a live gig favourite, "Buying New Soul" is only available on this CD set in addition to the full version of "Even Less". Well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 April 2013
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Great album - strong songs, good musicianship and vocals. Well up to Porcupine Trees normal high standards and quite accessible for casual listeners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favourite PT album, 25 Mar 2013
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The above title sums it up really - there are many superb PT albums to choose from but this one has some very magical tracks on it for me. If you like progressive rock and don't own any Porcupine Tree output your collection is missing something. I note other reviewers have a problem with the term "progressive" but I don't know why - look in a dictionary and find descriptions of "moving forwards" and "stressing individualism" - certainly those describe PT to a T!
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