THE RAVEN THAT REFUSED TO SING
(and other stories)
FEBRUARY 2013 // THIRD SOLO ALBUMSHOP THE RAVEN THAT REFUSED TO SING
ABOUT THE RAVEN THAT REFUSED TO SING
The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) is the third solo album by Steven Wilson, released by Kscope on 25 February 2013. Each track on the album is based on a story of the supernatural. Alan Parsons, who had previously been involved in the creation of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, was responsible for engineering the album.
“The title track explores the story of an old man at the end of his life who is waiting to die. He thinks back to a time in his childhood when he was incredibly close to his older sister. She was everything to him, and he was everything to her. Unfortunately, she died when they were both very young. The man becomes convinced that a raven, who visits the man’s garden, is something of a symbol or a manifestation of his sister. The thing is, his sister would sing to him whenever he was afraid or insecure, and it was a calming influence on him. In his ignorance, he decides that if he can get the raven to sing to him, it will be the final proof that this is, in fact, his sister who has come back to take him with her to the next life.”
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Guthrie Govan – lead guitar
Nick Beggs – bass guitar, Chapman Stick on “The Holy Drinker”, backing vocals
Adam Holzman – keyboards, hammond organ, piano, minimoog
Marco Minnemann – drums, percussion
Theo Travis – flute, saxophone, clarinet
Alan Parsons – haw-haw guitar on “The Holy Drinker” Strings arranged by Dave Stewart, performed by the London Session Orchestra and recorded at Angel Studio 17 October 2012 (Soloist – Perry Montague-Mason)
Niko Tsonev – Guitar solo on “The Watchmaker (demo)” and additional guitars on “Luminol (demo)”.
Alan Parsons – associate producer, recording engineer
Brendan Dekora – assistant engineer