We Lost the Skyline

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We Lost the Skyline
Live album by Porcupine Tree
Released CD: 18 February 2008
Vinyl: 18 March 2008
Recorded 4 October 2007
Genre Progressive rock, progressive metal
Length 33:32
Label Transmission (CD)
Tonefloat (Vinyl)
Porcupine Tree chronology
Nil Recurring (2007) We Lost the Skyline
(2008)
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 (2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blogcritics (positive)[1]
DPRP (8/10)[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]

We Lost the Skyline (also Transmission 7.1) is a live recording by Porcupine Tree, recorded during an in-store performance at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that only the two guitarists/singers Steven Wilson and John Wesley did. This one-off performance was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute show is now being released in a mail order only CD, but the band are currently negotiating a low-key release for the CD through a number of independent stores in the USA that have supported Porcupine Tree over the last few years (including Park Avenue CDs itself). However, the CD was released in Poland in small quantity.

The album originally came in a digipack sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover.

Dutch vinyl specialists Tonefloat also released a quality 180gm vinyl edition of We Lost the Skyline in a gatefold sleeve, with a limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies on marbled vinyl, and a regular edition on black vinyl. The Porcupine Tree store also stocks the vinyl editions.

On 25 January 2008, "Lazarus" was made available to listen through the band's Myspace.[4]

The track "Normal" was made available, a few weeks prior to the release of the album, exclusively to Porcupine Tree fan club members.[5]

On 18 February 2008 We Lost the Skyline was released on CD. The vinyl versions were released on 18 March 2008.

The CD was also made available to order through Park Ave CDs (the venue where the recording took place). This version of the CD came with an exclusive poster commemorating the in-store event (poster limited to 300). This version was released on 26 February 2008.[6]

Since 14 June 2008, the album was made available for digital download at a very low cost through the band's online store, whether in MP3 or FLAC formats, including printable artwork.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title From Length
1. "The Sky Moves Sideways"   The Sky Moves Sideways 4:02
2. "Even Less"   Stupid Dream 3:27
3. "Stars Die"   The Sky Moves Sideways 4:33
4. "Waiting"   Signify 3:52
Side two
No. Title From Length
5. "Normal"   Nil Recurring EP 4:52
6. "Drown with Me"   In Absentia 4:09
7. "Lazarus"   Deadwing 4:29
8. "Trains"   In Absentia 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Steven Wilson - acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
  • John Wesley (tracks 4-8) - electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Darren Schneider - engineer
  • Joe Jachino, Shane Fitzgerald, Tyler Tapp, Michael Escobar, Stephen Spencer - assistant engineers
  • Matt Gorney - producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd, Glen (2011). "Music Review: Porcupine Tree - We Lost The Skyline - Blogcritics Music". blogcritics.org. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Sander, Ed (2011). "DPRP : CD & DVD REVIEWS". dprp.net. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Porcupine Tree - We Lost the Skyline (album review) | Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Porcupine Tree's MySpace". Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Residents of a Blank Planet". Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Park Ave CDs". Retrieved 2008-02-18.