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Porcupine Tree - Up The Downstair

7.8 | 188 votes |
Release date: May 1993
Style: Progressive rock


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Disc I
01. What You Are Listening To...
02. Synesthesia
03. Monuments Burn Into Moments
04. Always Never
05. Up the Downstair
06. Not Beautiful Anymore
07. Siren
08. Small Fish
09. Burning Sky
10. Fadeaway

Disc II [Remaster bonus: Staircase Infinities]
01. Cloud Zero
02. The Joke's On You
03. Navigator
04. Rainy Taxi
05. Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape

Steven John Wilson - guitars, keyboards, vocals

Guest musicians
Colin Edwin - bass
Richard Barbieri - keyboards
Suzanne J. Barbieri - vocals
Gavin Harrison - drums (remix)

Additional info
Delerium CD - DELEC CD020 / LP - DELEC LP020
Original mix reissued in repackaged and remastered form in November 1997.
Produced by Steven Wilson at No Man's Land, February '92 - January '93.
Drum recording and remix in November-December 2004.
Remastered in January 2005.

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Synesthesia is said to be a potential consequence of taking psychedelics which results in a variety of sensory reactions in those who experience it. Rather than bore you with a definition of what this condition means, mostly because I have no idea what it is, I will say this: Up The Downstair is the musical equivalent of a psychedelic drug. It's addictive and certainly stimulates the senses, or the aural sense at least. As a whole this album is arguably Porcupine Tree at their most psychedelic, and their first successful attempt in creating a tangible and structured piece of music.

published 27.07.2012 | Comments (5)

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07.04.2012 - 22:22
Rating: 7

A good album, in the sense that this time round there are actual, well-structures songs and not random psychedelic noises that seem to have no place on the album whatsoever. The three 'songs' under one minute don't seem to have any significance, but you can see the maturity and progression of the band's sound from their debut to this album.
08.06.2022 - 07:38
Rating: 8
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
The 2004 Version sounds absolutely excellent esp. with Gavin on drums. I would rate 2004 version 9/10
08.06.2022 - 22:02
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
The expanded 2CD edition with Gavin is the only version I've listened to.

And it's one of my favourite PT albums.

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