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Coma​:​Coda (Rome 1997)

by Porcupine Tree

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Marc Paxton
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Marc Paxton This is a great, early PpT live show; Dark Matter arguably has the finest guitar bit, possibly at par with Warszawa's Shesmovedon... Favorite track: Cryogenics/Dark Matter (Rome).
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Ravenwell Some great pre-Stupid Dream era PT. The version of Dark Matter with the cool instrumental intro is a blast. I dig this album. Favorite track: Cryogenics/Dark Matter (Rome).
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maninpants When Coma Divine was expanded many years ago with a second disc, it really elevated the listening experience. These additional live tracks have managed to take it a step further and it's a joy to behold! Hearing the groovy and hypnotic "Idiot Prayer" live is really special, so too "Dark Matter" with the "Cryogenics" section in the beginning. Heck, even hearing "Signify" again and another rendition of "Radioactive Toy" and "Voyage 34" are worthwhile. I really miss this band... Favorite track: Idiot Prayer (Rome).
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Further selections recorded at the Frontiera Club, Rome in March 1997 for the Coma Divine live album.

When Porcupine Tree made their first official live album, they decided to record their 3 night stand at Rome's Frontiera club in order to capture as much repertoire as possible. The original live album was almost entirely drawn from the third and final night, but this new selection of material comes from the second night. As well as alternate versions of Signify, Dislocated Day (incomplete but fun because of an impromptu drum solo!), and Radioactive Toy, this selection includes several songs that were not chosen to be on Coma Divine. Most notable among these is an unreleased group composition Cryogenics that was prepared especially for the concert recording, but didn't make the cut and was subsequently never played again by the band.

Note that the original Coma Divine album was subject to a fair amount of repairs and overdubs to bring it up to a high audio standard. These new selections are exactly as recorded on the night so there are some technical and performance shortcomings which we hope won't spoil your listening enjoyment!


released May 7, 2020

Recorded at the Frontiera, Rome, Italy on 26th March 1997.

Richard Barbieri - synthesizers and keyboards
Colin Edwin - bass
Chris Maitland - drums and backing vocals
Steven Wilson - guitar and vocals

Recorded by Chris Thorpe. Restored and mixed in 2020.
Audio Resolution - 48k/24bit

Artwork by Lasse Hoile


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Porcupine Tree is a UK rock band that started in 1987 as a solo project by songwriter Steven Wilson, but then from 1993 until their last shows in 2010 became a full band. During that time they earned critical acclaim from critics and fellow musicians, developed a cult following, and became an influence for a generation of artists combining song craft, heavy riffs and textural ambience. ... more

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