Porcupine Tree - Amsterdam (Madcap)
Album info
Length  : 125:30
Format  : FLAC
Rating  : 6
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : 12-10-2009
Track List
Amsterdam (Madcap) (Disc 1) 57:10
01 Occams Razor 01:55
02 The Blind House 06:39
03 Great Expectations 01:28
04 Kneel And Disconnect 02:07
05 Drawing The Line 04:38
06 The Incident 05:16
07 Your Unpleasant Family 02:04
08 The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train 01:54
09 Time Flies 12:08
10 Degree Zero Of Liberty 01:45
11 Octane Twisted 05:03
12 The Seance 02:39
13 Circle Of Manias 02:39
14 I Drive The Hearse 06:55
Amsterdam (Madcap) (Disc 2) 68:20
01 The Start Of Something Beautiful 07:54
02 Russia On Ice 07:04
03 Anesthesize 08:35
04 Lazarus 04:20
05 Strip The Soul - .3 08:17
06 Normal 07:58
07 Bonnie The Cat 08:42
08 The Sound Of Muzak 05:20
09 Introduction of John Wesley and Lasse Hoile 02:27
10 Trains 07:43

Recorded at the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Very good audience recording.

From the info file:

Porcupine Tree
Heineken Hall
Amsterdam, Netherlands

12 October 2009

Taper: Madcap

Lineage: Unknown


Okay! Here's the deal!!!
This show was obtained by my mate over in Germany and shared amongst our little clutch of PT fans. Cheers, Buddy! You know who you are.

All that is currently known about this capture is supplied above. That being, not much ata ll. I does sound very good though and is a great addition to any PT RoIO collection. The levels do fluctuate, and it sounds to me that this may be attributable to some kind auto recording level control on the recording equipment. It's not too severe though, and distracts very little from the pleasure of listenning to this performance. You might also spot the sound of some kind of electronic alarm going off near the taper during the first verse of 'Drawing The Line' but it's only for a moment and agian, not too obtrusive.

When obtained this RoIO was simply a folder with all the files in 16bit flac, and that was about it. Also, the CD1 titles were not named, so I've gone ahead and done that.

I've then re-tagged all the flacs in FooBar, run TLH across the files to sort out SBE's (which were already sorted) and create FFP's and MD5's. So, I've made no changes to the files here that will result in an alteration of reduction in the sound or it's quality. It may result in actual data alterations (due to file header info etc), but that's about it. So if you have the original MADCAP capture, it is in all important respects identical to this.

Apart from all that, I've jumped on to the PT site and grabbed an INCIDENT Wall Paper and a bunch of Lasse Hoiles photo's from the 'Tour Blog' of that night and laid it all out for CD cover and disc art. Very basic and functional, but I like it.

Hope you enjoy the show!!

Set List:

Set 1: 'The Incident'
1. Occam's Razor
2. The Blind House
3. Great Expectations
4. Kneel and Disconnect
5. Drawing the Line
6. The Incident
7. Your Unpleasant Family
8. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train
9. Time Flies
10. Degree Zero of Liberty
11. Octane Twisted
12. The Seance
13. Circle of Manias
14. I Drive the Hearse

Set 2: 'Some Old Shit'
1. The Start of Something Beautiful
2. Russia On Ice (first half) /
3. Anesthetize (middle section)
4. Lazarus
5. Strip the Soul/ .3
6. Normal
7. Bonnie The Cat
8. The Sound of Muzak
9. Introduction of John Wesley and Lasse Hoile
10. Trains

Band Line-Up:-
Steven Wilson: Lead Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards
Richard Barbieri: Keyboards & Synths
Colin Edwin: Bass Guitar
Gavin Harrison: Drums
John Wesley: Guitar & Vocals

Artwork and Visuals - Lasse Hoile

A lot of effort was made by PT and their management to stop any recordings of any of the dates on this tour. A great deal of thanks needs to go out to those that were prepared to risk ejection from a venue (maybe some did?) so that we could have a recording or three from the tour, and specifically to MADCAP for this capture.

Maybe, one day, all bands will accept the way in which the internet 'really' works and do like Marillion have done, and make all the shows available in a kind of 'RoIO format' as a download from their own website. Check out www.marillion.com and checkout the Hapiness Is The Road' and 'Less Is More' download pages. If only they offered flac!!. In the meantime, these underhand approaches will still be followed in one way or another. So if you're reading this, Mr Wilso, sorry and all that! I have the deepest respect for you, but hey, I've bough all your CD's and DVD's, but it just ain't enough, OK?

So... get yourself a copy of the new album. It's excelent. And while you're about it, click over to www.porcupinetree.com, go the 'store' page, and investigate that back catalogue. It's huge and it's brilliant!! Loads of free stuff to listen to on the site too. Support the band, and whatever you do, DON't EVEN THINK ABOUT SELLING COPIES OF THIS CD SET!!! This ain't for making money with. It's for fans who have exhausted all the official stuff and still want more!!!

I'll get off the soap-box now :)

And That's a wrap!!!

Novak (2009)