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Steven Wilson

Thanks to a prolific work ethic that puts even Damon Albarn's extensive list of side projects to shame, self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.'s most critically acclaimed cult artists. Born in Kingston Upon Thames in London in 1967, Wilson was inspired to pursue a career in music after devouring his parents' Pink Floyd and Donna Summer records, and by the age of 12 he had already started to experiment with different guitar and recording techniques.

After stints in several groups including psychedelic duo Altamont, prog rockers Karma, and new wave band Pride of Passion, Wilson went on to form art pop outfit No Man with vocalist Tim Bowness in 1987 and his most famous creation, Porcupine Tree, in the same year, both of which he continued to alternate between, releasing 16 albums overall from 1991 until 2009. Despite these two long-term commitments, Wilson still found the time to pursue other projects, recording material under the guise of ambient electronica act Bass Communion, Krautrock revivalists Incredible Expanding Mindfuck, and Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen, during the '90s alone.

Showcasing his versatility, he also became an in-demand producer, working on records by the likes of Norwegian jazz vocalist Anja Garbarek, prog metallers Orphaned Land, and former Marillion frontman Fish; a music reviewer for Rolling Stone and Classic Rock magazine; and a guest vocalist on albums by Pendulum, Dream Theater, and Jordan Rudess. From 2003, Wilson also began toying with the idea of a solo career, releasing several two-track singles featuring an original composition and a cover version (of tracks originally recorded by Alanis Morissette, ABBA, and Prince), but it wasn't until 2008 that he released his first solo album, Insurgentes, whose recording sessions also became the subject of a documentary/road movie by Danish photographer Lasse Hoile.

His sophomore outing, Grace for Drowning, a double CD consisting of two albums titled Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye, followed in 2011, the same year he embarked on his first solo tour, was asked to remix the back catalog of King Crimson, and worked with Opeth lead singer Mikael Åkerfeldt on an album under the name of Storm Corrosion. Get All You Deserve, an audio/video package that documented the 2011 tour (with a crack band), appeared late in 2012.

Wilson then began writing in earnest for his new group (which included former Miles Davis keyboardist Adam Holzman and lead guitarist Guthrie Govan). The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories is a conceptual work based on a series of linked short stories written by Wilson or co-authored with Hajo Mueller. Wilson was also able to coax Alan Parsons out of semi-retirement to co-produce and engineer this set, which was released in early 2013. In October of the same year, he released the audio/video concert set Drive Home. The package featured a new animated video of the title track as well as "The Raven That Refused to Sing," two new songs, and a concert from Frankfurt during the previous tour.

In the summer of 2014, Wilson released Cover Version, an album compiled from six singles recorded between 2003-2010 and originally issued individually on his Headphone Dust label. Each featured a pop cover on the A-side and an original on the flip; all songs were performed completely solo. In late 2014, Wilson began discussing and previewing Hand. Cannot. Erase., a concept album directly and metaphorically inspired by the real-life story of Joyce Vincent, a London woman who passed away and whose body lay undiscovered for two years surrounded by undelivered Christmas presents, despite the fact that she had many friends and acquaintances. It was issued in March of 2015. Later in the year, a double vinyl compilation of songs featuring Wilson's more accessible pop/rock material was released as Transience.

Wilson took his all-star band -- Holzman, Govan, Nick Beggs, Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman, and Theo Travis on a sold-out European tour. After a short break, he and the band revisited the Hand. Cannot. Erase. sessions, finishing four songs that had their origins there, and one from his previous album The Raven That Refused to Sing. He also re-recorded "Don't Hate Me," previously cut by Porcupine Tree in 1998. He titled the 37-minute-long album 4½, as it formed an interim release between Hand. Cannot. Erase. and an as yet unnamed forthcoming studio project. It was released in January of 2016 during the band's European and American tours. ~ Jon O'Brien & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography


Track List: Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Deluxe Edition)

1. First Regret /3 Years Older

2. Hand Cannot Erase

3. Perfect Life

4. Routine

5. Home Invasion / Regret #9

6. Transience

7. Ancestral

8. Happy Returns/Ascendant Here On...

9. Perfect Life (Grand Union Mix)

10. Routine (Ninet Solo Vocal Version)


Track List: Cover Version

1. Thank You

2. Moment I Lost

3. The Day Before You Came

4. Please Come Home

5. A Forest

6. Four Trees Down

7. The Guitar Lesson

8. The Unquiet Grave

9. Sign 'o' The Times

10. Well You're Wrong

11. Lord Of The Reedy River

12. An End To End


Track List: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

1. Luminol

2. Drive Home

3. The Holy Drinker

4. The Pin Drop

5. The Watchmaker

6. The Raven That Refused To Sing


Track List: Grace For Drowning

Disc 1

1. Grace For Drowning

2. Sectarian

3. Deform To Form A Star

4. No Part Of Me

5. Postcard

6. Raider Prelude

7. Remainder The Black Dog

Disc 2

1. Belle De Jour

2. Index

3. Track One

4. Raider II

5. Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye


Track List: Insurgentes


Track List: Transience

1. Transience (Single Version)

2. Harmony Korine (2016 Remaster)

3. Postcard

4. Significant Other (2016 Remaster)

5. Insurgentes (2016 Remaster)

6. The Pin Drop

7. Happy Returns (Edit)

8. Deform To Form A Star (Edit)

9. Happiness III

10. Thank You

11. Index

12. Hand Cannot Erase

13. Lazarus (2015 Recording)

14. Drive Home


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I love Steven Wilson's solo work, but boy do I miss Porcupine Tree!
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If you like progressive rock, Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson are among the best, if not the best, in the business.
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I was for years depressed by what was passing for music. Where were the new Fripps and Senfields. Compositions that lifted the soul into ever higher planes. Then there was Wilson and music was saved from mediocrity. Thank the gods
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Steve Wilson's performance at The Belasco in L.A. may have been his best live show to date. It was an incredible evening filled with some of his best compositions including Hand. Cannot. Erase performed live with Ninet Tayeb and several classic Porcupine Tree stand-outs. Counting the days until he comes around to play again!
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His re-mixes are pretty amazing, too. Loved P. Tree at NEARFest all those years ago.
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Holy Drinker, Holy S**t, Steve has just released the best prog since Larks Tongue, Close to the Edge, Dark Side of the Moon and Lamb lies Down
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Saw Steven Wilson live in concert in Boston. It was great. Wilson is so talented.
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m1adams675 - Not because I haven't tried. I have known about him since the late 90s. Saw him with PTree several times and now solo. Every concert was better then the last and this Hand.Cannot. E r a s e concert I saw from the 4th row and was the BEST concert I ever saw. And I saw Pink Floyd back in '77 with Roger Waters. That was a great concert too, but man this dude is Waters and Gilmour rolled into one.
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Saw him with PTree and solo. What a performer and great songwriter. He did the remasters of Yes as well. His Blu-Rays are second to none. Glad to see prog alive and well.
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Wow, and so few people in the US know who he is.
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Seeing him for the first time in NY-March. I stumbled onto him by accident. I must say being 55 and a lover of all British prog, his sound and complex arrangements bring me hope that true musicians still exist. Pure Ear candy.....
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Guy below me.. That may have been a child posting that comment. And more than likely, said child does not understand half the words you typed. LOL
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bobonnit opined: ...pretentio u s . . . .

Read: (Gosh, this sounds really complicated. . . w e l l , if *I* don't understand it, then it must be grandiloquen t nonsense!)

You chose a cogent, spot-on descriptor—s o m e would even say sagacious. But not of Steven Wilson; spelling wiener as weiner is reason enough to disqualify your musical conspectuses . If you'd prefer to level it at an applicable subject, though, you have plenty of options (see: grandiloquen t , sagacious, conspectus).
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He is totally a musician genius, his music is deep, meaningful, so beautiful, saw him in his concert in Anaheim, amazing! Can't wait for his next concert in CA, thanks Steven, love you !
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I found steven wilson through my pink floyd radio station on pandora back in 2008, Theres really is no one like him producing music with the same level of creativity and originality. Anyways I thought I might share a few recommendati o n s for those lookin for more great music almost as awsome as stevens. 1Royksopp* 2CrippledBla c k P h o n e i x 3Puscifer 4TheAmazingG e n t l e S t r e a m 5TheAutumnDe f e n c e 6BlackMothSu p e r R a i n b o w 7SevenThatSp e l l s
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He is by far the best musician out there today he is truly my favorite musician today. I love this guy. Talk about a true genius. And I'm so glad I met him and got a chance to hang out with him. I can't wait to see him again when it comes around to Florida. He is a true superstar.
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Royal Albert Hall shows coming up!
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Beyond incredible.. .
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Happy Returns..... . . that last line just rips your heart out.
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This is music.
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He is a genius! A star shining in the sky ! And most people don't notice the beauty of his music!
Report as inappropriate e new one (Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Deluxe Edition)) is aboard!
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Saw him perform in Chicago on his latest tour and was mesmerized by his music. His songs can touch you with such quiet yet strong emotion. He only gets better with each album.
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Thank goodness for compilations like Get All You Deserve. There can never be enough!
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georgedmcinn i s
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georgedmcinn i s
I just saw Steven Wilson play last night and heard this song for the first time. It touch me deeply and, brought my wife to tears. This was my first exposure (ever) to his work and frankly, I came away perplexed. He's an incredibly gifted artist and relatively unknown to the masses. It seems to be an old's easy to find junk food in this world but rare to find that which truly nourishes our soul.
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Hand Cannot Erase is awesome! - NO surprise there!
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Can't go wrong with Steven Wilson. All he needs to do is touch the guitar or the microphone and it's magic!
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i don't usually bother to comment in this venue. but i CAN'T resist. saw PT back in Chicago 15 (?) years ago, and have been trying to get to a show for each of his tours since. PURE MAGIC. writing everything, playing everything, producing, negineering, colaborating . Mr Genius. thanks, SW for CONTINUING to pleasure our earballs. hope you continue to wanna stay a performed for YEARS to come. love ALL your stuff. can't get enough. 30 some albums and counting...
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The Steven Wilson band is nothing short of incredible. IMO, the new album is his best.
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Phoenix on June 11th 4th row. This stop is not even on Steven's website yet. Was announced last week. A week before I bought tickets to see him in San Francisco at the Warfield. 4 days later. LOVE IT!
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Got my Steven Wilson tickets for Seattle in June. Go see him if you get the chance!
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The Raven that Refused to Sing blows my mind every time I hear it. I can't wait to hear the new album.
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Hurry up February!!!
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Steven Wilson is a pure genius.
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One of the finest musicians, writers, producers and performers in the biz today... well really, ever!
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His music is unbelievable , their is not one song that you can ever turn off. Sit back and relax music.
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except on luminol :(
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I won't respect a musician who can't bring it live. Steven wilson can.
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Anything Steve touches turns to gold. I aspire to be as humble and as profound with my passion for music as well.
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Also did a great job fixing up Jethro Tull's Aqualung session tapes, for the 40th anniversary set. I dare say no one could have produced it better.
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I love him, his music is pure awesome.
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i don't think i've ever heard anything steven wilson put out that i don't like. his music, while it will never be in the top 40, will be remembered long after those golddiggers are forgotten (anybody remember hanson? didn't think so.)
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His Blackfield discs are sure to delight. He needs to clone in order to increase his output as there is never enough of SW
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Watch the raven who refused to sing video on youtube. Visual poetry.
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I'm creaming my jeans to this guy
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Great work getting his latest album The Raven that refused to sing on your playlist. Steven Wilson is a genius and the antidote to all the other crud on the airwaves. His latest album is his best yet!!!
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Steven Wilson can do no wrong. The world is a much better place with him in it.
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