Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34: The Complete Trip (2000/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:43 minutes | 720 MB | Genre: Rock
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“Voyage 34: The Complete Trip” is a compilation album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. The individual tracks were recorded in 1992 or 1993, while the album itself was compiled and released in 2000, reissued in 2004, and then reissued again as remastered Hi-Res album in 2017.
Voyage 34, originally a two-volume EP series from 1992-1993, was expanded into “The Complete Trip” after Steven Wilson remixed and added production for its eventual re-release seven years later. Documenting the ill effects of an acid trip by a frequent user (the first 33 were fine), the four-phase work begins with a straight-laced narrator explaining the events leading up to the trip, with straight-ahead (though slightly exploratory) guitar work by Wilson over a mid-tempo drum section. Thankfully, the album gradually moves into more ambient climes, with trippy vocal samples framing the mood throughout the final phases. Including a thick booklet with most of the narration repeated alongside surreal artwork, Voyage 34: The Complete Trip is a bit self-serious and pseudo-mystical even without the music to add to it, an intriguing experiment but hardly a work to stand on its own.
01 – Phase I
02 – Phase II
03 – Phase III (Astralasia Dreamstate)
04 – Phase IV (A New Civilization)
Programmed, produced and performed at No Man’s Land by Steven Wilson.
Phases I + II recorded in June/July 1992.
Phase III in August 1993. Phase IV in August 1993.