Porcupine Tree – First Live Performance 4th Dec 1993 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:51 minutes | 748 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Porcupine Tree
An almost complete recording of the first ever live performance of Porcupine Tree. After the newly assembled band line-up had rehearsed for one week, they played 4 times in quick succession. This nervous but spirited show at a sold-out Nag’s Head club in High Wycombe was the first, followed by a BBC radio session, and modestly attended shows in London and Coventry.
The recording was made directly to DAT from the mixing board, so as with any board tape the balance is not perfect, but the quality is excellent. Radioactive Toy, Up the Downstair (extract), and Not Beautiful Anymore were previously included on a limited cassette/vinyl album Spiral Circus, which also contained music from the BBC session and London shows.
“The day itself was cold and blustery. I arrived at the High Wycombe venue with enough spare time to visit the merchandise table. I bought an album from it and returned it to my car for safe keeping.
The room itself was up a flight of stairs and the first thing I noticed was that it was a period styled room. Tudor type in design. I couldn’t help but notice that it contained a lot of old timber.
The rumour was that the gig had sold out, and clearly it had drawn people from far and wide. I decided I had better get myself a decent viewing position close to the stage. As the crowd grew, so you could sense, did expectations.
From my vantage point Richard Barbieri was directly in front of me surrounded by keyboards on at least two sides, possibly three. Colin Edwin was on my far right. Chris Maitland, who was almost hidden from view, was at the back of the stage and Steven Wilson front and centre.
From memory the gig was, understandably, all slightly edgy. Steven played almost the entire concert with his head bowed and his long hair hanging. It all made for what I thought was a great image. Little did I realise that Steven was extremely nervous. Richard showed no real emotion throughout. He was very stern faced. It was only Colin that had any expression at all as he seemed to wear a partial smile throughout the entire gig.
I cannot recall very much interaction between band and audience, but as the first moments of ‘Voyage 34’ rang out, the band came across as highly committed to the task in hand. This was undoubtedly an extremely competent, committed and enjoyable debut. I came away from that gig hugely impressed, feeling it was a resounding success.
I am not surprised that this is being written. Not necessarily by myself but certainly by someone who attended that first gig. I just always knew it would be. Such, was its importance.” (Peter Clemons, October 2019)
1. Voyage 34 (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (11:39)
2. Always Never (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (07:42)
3. The Nostalgia Factory (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (05:13)
4. Burning Sky (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (11:22)
5. Radioactive Toy (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (10:07)
6. Up the Downstair (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (10:42)
7. Not Beautiful Anymore (Nag’s Head 4/12/93) (09:07)