Porcupine Tree Recordings on 180g Import 2LP
Originally issued in 2001, this highly sought after compilation from the progressive rock act Porcupine Tree features six songs released on singles during the Stupid Dream (1999) and Lightbulb Sun (2000) era including "Cure for Optimism," "Untitled," "Disappear," "Ambulance Chasing," "In Formaldehyde" and "Even Less" along with a new recording of "Oceans Have No Memory," a holdover from Lightbulb Sun in "Access Denied" and "Buying New Soul" which was recorded after the completion of Lightbulb Sun.
"Six of the songs are taken from singles that were released in 1999 and 2000. Sometimes tracks don't make it on to an album first time around not for reasons of quality (or lack of), but perhaps because they just didn't fit onto the album, or one member of the band wasn't happy with the track. Also perceptions can change and I think we all felt in hindsight that these six tracks deserved to be heard by a wider audience.
"The remaining 3 tracks we recorded specifically for the album. 'Oceans Have No Memory' is a new band recording of a demo that was originally issued on the B-side of the Piano Lessons 7-inch single. 'Access Denied' was written and demoed for Lightbulb Sun but no one liked it except me! So I took the opportunity to re-present it to the band for inclusion on Recordings and this time they let me do it.
"Finally 'Buying New Soul' was a song recorded during writing sessions just after Lightbulb Sun was finished. I think if it had been written a couple of months earlier it would have been included on the album. We thought about holding it back for the next album, but in the end we felt that because the next album is probably going to be moving into different musical waters it should be released now." - Steven Wilson
Porcupine Tree Recordings Track Listing:
1. Buying New Soul
2. Access Denied
3. Cure for Optimism
2. Ambulance Chasing
3. In Formaldehyde
4. Even Less
5. Oceans Have No Memory