This November, English Prog Rock band Porcupine Tree will release The Delerium Years, a limited edition CD boxset of the bands recordings on the Delerium label originally published between 1992 and 1997.
The band was originally a solo project for Steve Wilson, who created all of the band’s music. By late 1993, however, he wanted to work in a band environment, bringing on frequent collaborators Richard Barbieri as keyboardist, Colin Edwin as bassist, and Chris Maitland as drummer to form the first permanent lineup.
With Wilson as lead vocalist and guitarist, this remained the lineup until February 2002, when Maitland left the band and Gavin Harrison was recruited to replace him.
The 13 CD boxset chronicles the evolution of Porcupine Tree and includes a 140-page book with rare photographs and other archive material, plus biographical liner notes by Stephen Humphries (adapted from his sleeve notes for the Delerium Years vinyl box sets) and replicas of the full width original artwork for Signify plus an October 1995 tour poster.
The five remastered full length albums covered in this period are:
On the Sunday of Life…
Up the Downstair
The Sky Moves Sideways (2CD – also includes Stars Die EP)
Coma Divine – live (2CD)
The package also includes:
Voyage 34: The Complete Trip – with the original full-length version of Phase IV
Staircase Infinities – mini album (newly remastered)
Metanoia – studio improvisations recorded 1995-96 (newly remastered)
Plus 2 releases originally created for subscribers to the PT information service Transmission, both newly remastered for this set:
Transmission IV – all 40 minutes of an unedited Moonloop
Insignificance – a selection of Signify demos, including tracks not recorded for the final album
Finally a newly compiled and mastered 9 track disc called The Sound of No One Listening rounds up stray single and compilation tracks, including 2 demo versions of the song ‘Disappear’ which were previously only available on a bonus 7″ with the first vinyl edition of Coma Divine.