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Update: 08/02/12 – SW has updated his Facebook page with more information about the release:It’s a limited edition of 3,000 copies, and will only be on sale directly from my own mail order company Headphone Dust, and at shows (we are holding a few copies back for the tour). Please note it is *not* available from Burning Shed, and there is no other format at this time. The reason for this scenario is that I’m using the CD to raise funds to finance the next leg of the tour – despite good crowds and several sold out shows, in terms of scale and expense the production on the tour is the kind of thing I would need to be touring in much bigger venues to be able to break even, but needless to say financial concerns were bottom of my list of priorities when putting it together (-:
To this end I’m also taking a slightly more mercenary route by offering signed copies of the CD at a higher price – under normal circumstances there’s no way anyone should have to pay for me to scribble on their CD, but we do get requests for this kind of thing, and this time I could certainly use the extra support. So the CD is £10 plus shipping, or £15 plus shipping if you would like it signed.
We still plan to film one of the shows on the next tour for a more elaborate blu-ray / DVD live release later this year.
You can now pre-order a copy of Steven Wilson’s brand new live CD ‘Catalogue/Preserve/Amass’. Shipping will start later this month and you can specify if you would like a signed copy by SW or not, although signed copies will come unsealed. For the signed copy, it’ll cost you slightly more than a regular sealed copy.
Here’s the CD’s description from Headphone Dust:
Limited edition of 3,000 copies. Live CD in 6 panel digipack, featuring highlights from SW’s first solo tour of Europe, with the band of SW, Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass/stick), Adam Holzman (keys), Theo Travis (flute/sax), and Aziz Ibrahim (guitar). 7 tracks, 70 minutes of music remixed into pristine sonic audio, capturing all the energy and beauty of this audio visual spectacular. Note that this CD will be exclusively available at shows on the forthcoming tour and via mailorder from Headphone Dust, it will not be available from Burning Shed or any other store.
Information about Steven Wilson’s upcoming live CD has been floating around for a couple of weeks now, but we’ve finally got an official confirmation – ‘Catalogue/Preserve/Amass’ will be released soon, and it will be available to pre-order within the next few weeks. It’s important to note that the CD will be limited to 3000 copies, and it’ll be exclusively available by Headphone Dust mail order, and at shows on Steven Wilson’s upcoming 2012 tour. Burning Shed will not be selling the CD, so be sure to get your pre-order in if you don’t plan on attending any of the shows later on this year.
No Twilight Within The Courts of The Sun – (10.54)
Index – (5.03)
Deform To Form A Star – (8.28)
Sectarian – (7.22)
No Part of Me – (6.04)
Venemo Para Las Hadas – (7.28)
Raider II – (24.47)
Steven Wilson’s second solo album, ‘Grace for Drowning’, released on September 26th 2011, received critical acclaim across the board from many professional music critics. Below, I’ve included highlights from some of those reviews. Let’s start off with Sputnik Music, who posted a very positive 4.5/5 review for the record:
Next up, PopMatters.com listed Grace for Drowning as their number one progressive rock album of the year, and they also posted a positive 8/10 review back in October. I’ve included an extract below:
Grace for Drowning also managed to gain some mainstream attention, with it managing to chart at number 34 in the week of it’s release in the UK. RollingStone.com posted a short but positive 4-star review in November. I’ve posted an extract below:
Stereoboard.com, who have always been very positive towards Steven Wilson’s work in the past, posted a highly positive review of ‘Grace for Drowning’ just before the album’s release in September. Stereoboard.com’s reviewer Ben Bland did a fantastic job with the last paragraph of the review, which I’ve posted below:
I’ve saved the best for last. Alternative Matter posted an incredibly positive review – I’ve posted the summary paragraph below.
We here at StarsDie.com would also like to thank the Steven Wilson Street Team for their Grace for Drowning user reviews promotion campaign.
Steven Wilson has revealed via his Facebook page that his forthcoming 2012 tour dates will feature a change in personnel – Niko Tsonev will be stepping into the role previously taken by Aziz Ibrahim in Europe and John Wesley in the USA and Canada. I’ve posted his Facebook update below, along with an impressive video of Niko performing his own composition ‘Venetian Poison’. Steven Wilson also took the opportunity to say that the rest of the dates for the 2012 leg of the Grace for Drowning tour will be revealed any day now. We’ll have the dates and ticket information up on here the moment they are revealed, so stay tuned!
Folks, I’d like to introduce you to Niko Tsonev, who will be the new guitar player for the forthcoming SW tour (the rest of the band remains the same). Niko is a fantastically creative musician, and he fits in perfectly with the band. Check out the video clip of him playing one of his own compositions. Apologies for the delay in getting the rest of the European shows, and the North and South American tour dates confirmed, but these will be announced any day now – SW
Steven Wilson updated his Facebook page today, thanking those who wished him a happy 44th birthday. He also gave out some interesting details about the remaining dates on his Grace for Drowning tour.
Thank you so much for all the birthday messages, I read them all! Also for the incredibly positive feedback regarding the solo shows – it’s made the impact that I hoped it would, so now we can look into the possibility of touring again early next year in order to play some of the places we missed out this time around. On a less positive note, some of you may have heard that the guitar player in the band, Aziz Ibrahim, was refused a work visa to tour the US, but the good news is that my old buddy John Wesley has agreed to step in to cover for Aziz during the forthcoming USA and Canada shows.
Many fans will be excited about the possibility of continuing the tour elsewhere, there are many places that the band hasn’t toured, for a variety of reasons. John Wesley seems like the perfect replacement for Aziz, after all he is Porcupine Tree’s live guitarist! If you want to buy tickets for those upcoming USA and Canada tour dates, you can buy them from gracefordrowning.com.