Music

Here, you can find details on every Porcupine Tree song ever written, including rarities and unreleased material. Each page contains extensive history for the respective album, photos, interviews, lyrics, accurate song personnel and band comments. Each page will contain all finished songs from that era, regardless if they were released on the respective studio album or on compilations, EPs, singles, etc. Songs that were not released on the studio albums are listed in the “Song Details: Outtakes and Non-Album Tracks” tab on each page. To navigate the “Music” section, select the desired album from the drop-down menu above.

The order of each page is as follows:

  1. History
  2. Concept / Artwork
  3. Release
  4. Reception
  5. Touring
  6. Additional / Related Releases (ex/ live albums, compilations, EPs)
  7. Tracklist*
  8. Singles*
  9. Production Information (ex/ label, publishing, credits)*
  10. Formats
  11. Liner Notes
  12. Recording Information (ex/ location, dates)
  13. Extensive Song Notes*

*distinguished tabs on the page

All entries are written and compiled from multiple sources such as interviews, StevenWilsonHQ, Discogs, Stephen Humphries’ excellent The Delerium Years box set booklets, contact with band members, and album liner notes by Quinn Downton.

Please note that I have not included information (for the most part) regarding digital copies of albums. Most major Porcupine Tree releases can be found for purchase in high-quality resolution on the band’s official download store on Burningshed.

Song personnel is taken from album notes. However, if an instrument is not listed but can be clearly heard (or vice versa) I have corrected it. Additionally, for albums such as Recordings or Deadwing where the same personnel is listed for the entire album, I have searched through interviews and simply listened carefully to dictate what songs feature what instruments, etc. For example, Richard Barbieri used a drum machine and MIDI instruments to create the electric piano intro in “Buying New Soul”, but this is not listed in the album notes. I have tried my best to discern who played what on what songs. For earlier material (ie. Up The Downstair) I have simply used “keyboards” and not gone in depth on just what exactly SW was using because of his limited technology at the time.

Please note the credits for most photos are included in the “Production” section of each page or are credited in the respective caption. If there are no credits, it is either credited to Lasse Hoile (who contributed the majority of the band’s artistic direction) or I could not find the credits for the photos. I do not profit from the use of these pictures and recognize they belong to those who took them.

If you discover a mistake, whether it be grammatical or factorial, please let us know through the “Authors” page.

A full list of the band’s discography and side projects can be found in the “Discography” drop-down menu.