Coma Divine – Recorded Live in Rome

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Coma Divine
Cover art by John Blackford
Live album by Porcupine Tree
Released October, 1997
Recorded 25–27 March 1997
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, space rock
Length 78:06 (original album)/ 100:51 (expanded and remastered edition [1]
Label CD: Delerium, Snapper
Vinyl: Headspin
Porcupine Tree chronology
Insignificance
(1997)
Coma Divine - Recorded Live in Rome
(1997)
Metanoia
(1998)
2004 Reissue
Digipack reissue on Snapper
Cover art by Lasse Hoile

Coma Divine – Recorded Live in Rome or just Coma Divine, is a live album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in October, 1997. It was expanded to a double album in 2003, adding the three tracks from the promotional single Coma Divine II (1999), and one more previously unreleased outtake. The expanded edition was also released on vinyl containing 3 LPs, plus a bonus 7 inch single with two demo versions of the song "Disappear" (included on the Four Chords That Made a Million single in 2000, and on the compilation album titled Recordings, from 2001). The album was finally revamped in digipack through Snapper label in 2004.

Recording[edit]

The band recorded three shows at the Frontiera in Rome (on 25, 26 and 27 March 1997) for the purpose of this release; however, only recordings from the 2nd and 3rd night were used, as the recordings from the first concert were flawed with technical problems. A vast amount of material had been performed during the shows, but the band eventually decided to release only the best performances on a single CD. While later the album was reissued as a double CD featuring an extra 25 minutes of music, there are still other unreleased performances from the show, featuring full versions of "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" and "Always Never," both original phases of "Voyage 34," "Dark Matter," "Burning Sky," "Stars Die," "Idiot Prayer," "The Nostalgia Factory," the first performances of "Every Home is Wired," and an instrumental called "Cryogenics" written especially to feature on the album;[2] it was ultimately dropped as the band felt it wasn't good enough. Although essentially a live record, "Coma Divine" features studio overdubs of the vocals, as the original takes were too poor both in terms of performance and the quality of recording.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written by Steven Wilson unless otherwise noted.

Original Release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bornlivedieintro" (from Signify) Barbieri, Wilson 1:23
2. "Signify" (from Signify)   5:52
3. "Waiting (Phase One)" (from Signify)   4:32
4. "Waiting (Phase Two)" (from Signify)   5:28
5. "The Sky Moves Sideways" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   12:38
6. "Dislocated Day" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   6:37
7. "The Sleep Of No Dreaming" (from Signify)   5:18
8. "Moonloop" (from The Sky Moves Sideways) Wilson, Barbieri, Edwin, Harrison 11:40
9. "Radioactive Toy" (from On the Sunday of Life)   15:26
10. "Not Beautiful Anymore" (from Up the Downstair)   9:43
Total length:
78:37

There were various technical problems with the original CD edition due to its extreme length, and later pressings had about two minutes of audience noise removed between tracks to try to solve the problem.[4]

Expanded edition[edit]

All songs written by Steven Wilson unless otherwise noted.

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bornlivedieintro"     1:23
2. "Signify" (from Signify)   5:52
3. "Waiting (Phase One)" (from Signify)   4:32
4. "Waiting (Phase Two)" (from Signify)   5:28
5. "The Sky Moves Sideways" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   12:38
6. "Dislocated Day" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   6:37
7. "The Sleep Of No Dreaming" (from Signify)   5:18
8. "Moonloop" (from The Sky Moves Sideways) Wilson, Barbieri, Edwin, Harrison 11:40
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up The Downstair" (from Up the Downstair)   7:40
2. "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   5:05
3. "Always Never" (from Up the Downstair)   4:51
4. "Is...Not" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   6:09
5. "Radioactive Toy" (from On the Sunday of Life)   13:32
6. "Not Beautiful Anymore" (from Up the Downstair)   9:43
Total length:
100:28

Vinyl edition[edit]

All songs written by Steven Wilson unless otherwise noted.

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bornlivedieintro"     1:25
2. "Signify" (from Signify)   5:59
3. "Waiting (Phase One)" (from Signify)   4:26
4. "Waiting (Phase Two)" (from Signify)   5:23
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Sky Moves Sideways" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   12:40
2. "Dislocated Day" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   6:35
Side Three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Sleep Of No Dreaming" (from Signify)   5:19
2. "Moonloop" (from The Sky Moves Sideways) Wilson, Barbieri, Edwin, Harrison 11:50
Side Four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up The Downstair" (from Up the Downstair)   7:40
2. "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   5:05
3. "Always Never" (from Up the Downstair)   4:51
Side Five
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Is...Not" (from The Sky Moves Sideways)   6:09
2. "Radioactive Toy" (from On the Sunday of Life)   13:30
Side Six
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Not Beautiful Anymore" (from Up the Downstair)   9:39
Bonus 7 Inch Single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Disappear (Demo One)" (Recorded in February 1997)    
2. "Disappear (Demo Two)" (Recorded in April 1997)    

Musicians[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
DPRP 8.5/10 stars[5]

Professional reviews:[6]

  • Metal Hammer - Captured live in Rome, they reinforce both their ability and their charm through the likes of 'Moonloop' and 'The Sky Moves Sideways', lengthy but not overdone pieces, led as ever by Steve Wilson's intriguing vision. Admittedly, it'll make them few friends (live albums never do), but it's essential listening for the faithful.

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