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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live album superbly expanded and remastered, 27 April 2004
This review is from: Coma Divine [Expanded 2CD Edition] (Audio CD)
One of the best live albums from a modern rock group has been made evenbetter with this remastered and expanded issue. Porcupine Tree are simplyone of the best rock groups around. Their last studio album, "In Absentia"for Lava Records perfectly showcased the different styles which StevenWilson has now brought to the group after many years of producingdistinctive albums for the independent Delerium label. It's for that labelthat Wilson is now upgrading his back catalogue, of which "Coma Divine" isthe first release, though to date another two have been made available.This live album has now been expanded to a double CD with the addition offour extra tracks. Both the recording quality and band performance areexceptional. Live, Porcupine Tree are a very tight unit, though Wilsonlikes the band to vary the arrangements of the material to keep thingsfresh. Particularly impressive on this disc is keyboard player RichardBarbieri. On studio albums he mainly adds layers of atmospheric synths tothe proceedings, but live he really comes to the fore with some greatplaying, adding new dimensions of sound to each track. Most of thematerial comes from the "Signify" album as the band were touring thatduring the recording of this live album. But there are some greatenergetic live interpretations of earlier material such as "RadioctiveToy" and "The Sky Moves Sideways". This is a fantastic live document froma wonderful band that has so much to offer.
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