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SW and band “explore the space” on this lengthy encore version of Radioactive Toy taken from their sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London on the 20th October last year.

SW – vocals / guitar, Guthrie Govan – guitar, Adam Holzman – keyboards, Theo Travis – flute, Nick Beggs – fretless bass, Chad Wackerman – drums.

I found this on an old computer – it’s a demo for either the In Absentia or Deadwing albums, something that never got used – I can’t be totally sure because while it shares lyrical themes with the songs on In Absentia, one of the melodies seems to relate to another piece from Deadwing era. I don’t remember too much about it, other than I guess it wasn’t good enough to get any further than this. Rescued from the abyss, so I only have a compressed audio file of this one, sorry about that.

It’s mind blowing for me to realise that it is almost exactly 20 years since Porcupine Tree made their first ever live appearance, at a small club called the Nag’s Head in High Wycombe, UK on the 4th December 1993. To commemorate the anniversary here is a recording from the archives of the first song played at that first ever show, Voyage 34, the birth of PT as a band and a performing entity. It was recorded straight from the mixing desk so the balance is a bit strange, but actually considering how nervous we must have all been, it’s not bad at all.

Written in 2001 for a planned metal style collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt, this song has been revisited several times since, but I could never really make it fit the style of whatever I was doing at the time. So finally here is the orphan song Cut Ribbon – this is the latest version from the 2010/2011 Grace For Drowning sessions. Gavin Harrison on drums (recorded in 2008), all other instruments SW.

An extended 6 minute version that was previously released as part of the “Blackfield” digital download single, but I think only in MP3 form (as usual this is full resolution WAV).

‘Sectarian’ performed live at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 31st October 2011 on the first leg of the ‘Grace for Drowning tour’. Band – Steven Wilson (vocals, guitars, keys), Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass guitar), Aziz Ibrahim (guitar), Theo Travis (flute, clarinet, saxophone).

‘No Part of Me’ performed live at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 31st October 2011 on the first leg of the ‘Grace for Drowning tour’. Band – Steven Wilson (vocals, guitars, keys), Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass guitar), Aziz Ibrahim (guitar), Theo Travis (flute, clarinet, saxophone).

‘Index’ performed live at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 31st October 2011 on the first leg of the ‘Grace for Drowning tour’. Band – Steven Wilson (vocals, guitars, keys), Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass guitar), Aziz Ibrahim (guitar), Theo Travis (flute, clarinet, saxophone).

‘Deform To Form A Star’ performed live at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 31st October 2011 on the first leg of the ‘Grace for Drowning tour’. Band – Steven Wilson (vocals, guitars, keys), Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass guitar), Aziz Ibrahim (guitar), Theo Travis (flute, clarinet, saxophone).