XM (album)

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Live album by Porcupine Tree
Released 2003
Recorded 12 November 2002 at Satellite Radio, Washington DC
Genre Progressive rock, progressive metal
Length 52:07
Label Transmission
Porcupine Tree chronology
Futile (EP)
(2003)Futile (EP)2003

XM (also Transmission 1.1 and Transmission 1.2) is a live-in-studio album recorded by British band Porcupine Tree in early 2003 as a live album of mostly In Absentia tracks. This was taken from a session at XM Satellite Radio in Washington DC on 12 November 2002, and was originally released as a limited edition tour album. It was later released online on the Porcupine Tree store.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blackest Eyes" (from In Absentia) Steven Wilson 4:26
2. "The Sound of Muzak" (from In Absentia) Wilson 5:02
3. "Gravity Eyelids" (from In Absentia) Wilson 7:30
4. "Wedding Nails" (from In Absentia) Richard Barbieri, Wilson 5:17
5. "Even Less/Slave Called Shiver" (from Stupid Dream) Wilson 11:38
6. "Heartattack in a Layby" (from In Absentia) Wilson 4:16
7. "Strip the Soul" (from In Absentia) Colin Edwin, Wilson 7:06
8. "Tinto Brass" (from Stupid Dream) Barbieri, Edwin, Chris Maitland, Wilson 6:38



  • XM Recording Engineer – Quinton Roebuck
  • XM Recording Assistant - Aaron Lee
  • Mixing - Steven Wilson (at No Man's Land, UK, December 2002)
  • Crew - Ian Bond, Pete Dempsey, Mick Pryde, Ross Elliot, Michael Piper
  • Cover photography - Lasse Hoile
  • Band photography - Francesca Petrangeli
  • Gavin Harrison photography - Oliver Link
  • John Wesley photography - Jason Birnie
  • Cover design - Carl Glover for Aleph


Features 5 piece touring line up including special guest John Wesley on guitar and backing vocals.
UK Transmission – 1.1 (limited to 1,500, released for the US tour Jul/Aug 2003)
UK Transmission – 1.2 (limited to 1,000, released for the EU tour Nov 2003)[1]