On the Sunday of Life

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On the Sunday of Life
Porcupine tree on the sunday of life.jpg
Cover art by Andy Cleal
Studio album by Porcupine Tree
Released July 1992
Recorded No Man's Land
Genre Progressive rock, space rock
Length 75:47
Label Delerium
Producer Steven Wilson
Porcupine Tree chronology
The Nostalgia Factory
On the Sunday of Life
Up the Downstair
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

On the Sunday of Life is the debut album of English progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in July 1992. It compiles tracks that Steven Wilson produced and recorded for two cassette-only releases, Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (1989) and The Nostalgia Factory (1991). The rest of the music from these tapes was released three years after in the compilation album Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape.

Most of the lyrics were written by Alan Duffy, a school friend with whom Steven Wilson had lost touch a few years before the album was released. The album title was chosen from a long list of nonsense titles compiled by Richard Allen of Delerium.

A small run of 1000 copies in a deluxe gatefold sleeve were released in early 1992.[2] The album, over time, eventually sold in excess of 20,000 copies.[3]

The version of "Radioactive Toy" that featured on the album is re-recorded. The original version was later released on Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape. In addition, the original versions of "The Nostalgia Factory", "Queen Quotes Crowley", and "This Long Silence" are about a minute shorter on this album.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Steven Wilson, all lyrics by Alan Duffy except "Radioactive Toy" by Wilson

Part 1: First Love
No. Title Length
1. "Music for the Head" 2:42
2. "Jupiter Island" 6:12
3. "Third Eye Surfer" 2:50
4. "On the Sunday of Life" 2:07
5. "The Nostalgia Factory" 7:28
Part 2: Second Sight
No. Title Length
6. "Space Transmission" 2:59
7. "Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip" 0:27
8. "Radioactive Toy" 10:00
9. "Nine Cats" 3:53
Part 3: Third Eye
No. Title Length
10. "Hymn" 1:14
11. "Footprints" 5:56
12. "Linton Samuel Dawson" 3:04
13. "And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun" 4:05
14. "Queen Quotes Crowley" 3:48
Part 4: Fourth Bridge
No. Title Length
15. "No Luck with Rabbits" 0:46
16. "Begonia Seduction Scene" 2:14
17. "This Long Silence" 5:05
18. "It Will Rain for a Million Years" 10:51


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