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Porcupine Tree’s first official live album ‘Coma Divine’ is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed in the form of a limited edition 3LP vinyl box set. The band’s full 80 minute performance containing material from On The Sunday of Life, Up The Downstair, The Sky Moves Sideways and Signify is spread across six sides of vinyl. Also included in the box is a twelve-page 12″ book containing artwork and photography. Pre-order now for 3rd September release date!
Porcupine Tree had a busy 1994. Somewhere between playing their first gigs as a full band, issuing Spiral Circus (a collection of some of their first live recordings), Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape (most of the remaining cassette material that hadn’t made it onto …On the Sunday of Life) and the Moonloop and Stars Die EPs (the original homes for the two titular pieces), and writing material for the then-forthcoming The Sky Moves Sideways, they – well, Steven Wilson in particular – found time in the schedule to put together a group of Up the Downstair outtakes, some stylistically-fitting new material, and a re-recording of an older cassette track under the title Staircase Infinities. Despite being remastered and included as a second disc of the redone UTD in 2005, it’s often overlooked in the vast PT catalogue, and I find that quite a shame!
Let’s take a walk through each of its rich tracks and examine this little gem.