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Steven Wilson: Remixing Yes, Jethro Tull & XTC

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While 2013 has largely been occupied by a world tour in support of his recent The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope, 2013), Steven Wilson has, as he said he would in his 2012 All About Jazz interview, certainly kept up with the run of stereo and surround sound remix projects that have turned into a significant sideline to his own musical career. Since becoming involved with King Crimson's 40th Anniversary Series, beginning with the release of ...

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Steven Wilson: Drive Home

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Steven Wilson Drive Home Kscope 2013 It's been a busy couple of years for Steven Wilson. The British singer, multi- instrumentalist and songwriter has continued his work as the go-to guy for surround sound and stereo remixes on recent outings including XTC's Nonesuch (1992; reissued Panegyric, 2013), Yes' Close to the Edge (1972; reissued Panegyric, 2013), Jethro Tull's Benefit: A Collector's Edition (1970; reissued Chrysalis, 2013), and his new stereo mix, in collaboration with King ...

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Steven Wilson at Club Soda

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Steven WilsonClub SodaMontreal, Canada April 25, 2013 When currently ex-Porcupine Tree founder/front man last played Montreal in November, 2011--touring in support of his second solo recording, Grace for Drowning (Kscope, 2011)--it was clear by the end of the performance that the next time he came to the Canadian city, the crowd which filled the 800-capacity Corona Theatre was certain to grow. Not exponentially, as Wilson's solo career has unveiled in a methodical fashion that ...

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Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) [Deluxe Edition]

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Even though Porcupine Tree began as a solo project for a young Steven Wilson in the late 1980s--and despite the British singer/guitarist/keyboardist remaining its primary composer through to The Incident (Kscope, 2009) and the recent live record from that tour, Octane Twisted (Kscope, 2012)--it's been some time since the group was truly representative of his aspirations, needs and desires. As he said in a 2012 All About Jazz interview: “When you have a group of musicians, you're inherently a democracy; ...

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Porcupine Tree: Octane Twisted

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Like it or not, the near-term future of British progressive/psychedelic rock Porcupine Tree is in a place of relative uncertainty. When group founder/singer/primary writer Steven Wilson was interviewed for All About Jazz in support of his the live solo set Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012), he revealed that 2013 will be focused largely on The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories (Kscope, 2013)--the studio follow-up to his stellar sophomore studio date Grace for Drowning (Kscope, 2011)--and an ...

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Steven Wilson: Luck's What You Make It

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There was a time when progressive rock really meant what its name suggested: progressive music, music that pushed the boundaries of what rock music was, often by integrating elements of classical music and jazz into the mix. Milestone groups ranging from better-knowns like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and Van der Graaf Generator all provided the opportunity for musicians to apply their diverse musical upbringings to create something that Chuck Berry and Bill Haley couldn't possibly have ...

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Steven Wilson: Get All You Deserve (Limited Deluxe Edition)

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Steven WIlson Get All You Deserve (Limited Deluxe Edition) Kscope Music 2012 When Steven Wilson decided to go solo after fronting the popular progressive/psychedelic group Porcupine Tree for 20 years, it was an opportunity to stretch beyond the confines that he'd ultimately created for himself in a group that also began as a solo project, albeit not under his own name. PT may have ultimately been his band but, as he said in a 2012 ...

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Steven Wilson: Montreal, Canada, November 15, 2011

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Steven WilsonCorona TheatreMontreal, Canada November 15, 2011 For many of the mid-Baby Boomer era, the gateway drug to jazz was progressive rock. That's not to suggest that the more structured and, some might say, bombastic environs of late 1960s/early 1970s groups like Yes or Emerson, Lake and Palmer had a whole lot to do with the more spontaneous side of jazz, but there's little doubt--based on albums like King Crimson's Lizard (DGM Live, 1970), where ...



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