|Porcupine Tree - Magazzini Generali, Milano, Italy (LDB Master Series #22)|
|Recorded at the Magazzini Generali, Milano, Italy. Great audience recording.
From the info file:
LDB Master Series #22
Hello, this is a collection of masters I would like to seed here. I've been taping shows for more than 20 years and have an
awful lot of masters. Most of them are in the old cassette format, some others are on MiniDisc and others are on CD. I've
taped many shows of many artists over the years, so don't be surprised if you will find many different artists taped! Some
shows are already circulating, some others have not circulated through collectors yet. But most of all, enjoy!
They all come from my mastertapes!
Milano, Magazzini Generali
16th October 1997
Even Less (extended version)
Sleep of No dreaming
The moon touches your shoulder
This is one of the most special shows I've ever attended, and I remember it with fondness for various reasons. First of all,
it has been the very first Porcupine tree weed ever circulated under the name of 'Even Less rehearsals' back in 2000, when
I used to do these sort of things to make as many new fans as possible of the music of PT.
Just imagine PT playing in front of you, with no more than other 40 people in the venue. Steve wilson playing 15 centimeters
from you, with wonderful music and lots of surprises. The band was quite big in Italy back then, but unfortunately the same
night Lynard Skynard was playing Milano after several years of absence from Italy, so most of the audience was there.
I entered the venue during the soundcheck and the music the band was playing was totally new and unknown to me. They were
jamming instrumentally for a new piece called 'Even Less'. The whole of the soundcheck was spent trying this track. And then
the show: 'Even Less' was played for the very first time, in its early, extended version, with different lyrics. A shock.
A friend from the security allowed me to stay in front of the stage with my Sony Pro. After a few adjustment with the
recording level, the sound was almost perfect, at least for an analogue recording.
The bad news was that something went wrong after Moonloop: probably I pushed the 'pause' button and did not realise it
untill it was time to change tape. That's why two tracks for that night weren't recorded: Sever and Voyage 34 which closed
the official set. Fortunately I managed to tape the encores.
I keep saying that THAT band does not exist anymore. It was a time where Porcupine tree could make you dreaming during
their shows, entering a world of wonderful music. It was a time where the band could play in front of 40 people, more or
less like it would happen if they played in your living room. THAT band will never come back, unfortunately. So sit down,
relax, and enjoy that dream.
Sound quality: 10- / 10 (in my ears but especially in my heart)