Originally Posted by fraseyboy
I listened to some Porcupine Tree, And I really like it so I'm going to buy an album.
Problem is, which one? ATM I can get Voyage 34 and Up the Downstair really cheap. How good are they? Are there any better ones for first-time-listeners of progressive?
Porcupine Tree have kinda gone through a few phases.
Early PT (Up The Downstair, The Sky Moves Sideways) was quite proggy.
Signify was more dark-prog.
Lightbulb Sun & Stupid Dream were more upbeat acousticy/prog/rock.
In Absentia and Deadwing crossed into the realms of prog-metal.
And the new one (out soon!) is supposedly even heavier!
What doesnt help is that some are out of print (Lightbulb Sun) and there are different versions remastered and not (Up The Downstair, for example, was remastered in 2004/5 with real drums to replace the programmed drums). There are also 3 exceptional DVD-A versions of Stupid Dream, In Absentia and Deadwing if you're into hi-res audio.
So your best bet is probably to have a read of some sites (www.allmusic.com
is a good one for discographies) and go for something along the lines of the type of progressive music you like. Then work your way around the discography from there.
Many say In Absentia is the one to go for. I think it, Stupid Dream and Deadwing comprise PTs best moments. I'm also very fond of Up The Downstair for more laid-back proggy PT.
Hope this helps rather than confuses!?