From the Official Steven Wilson Facebook Page:
Hi folks – so the free gift with the Insurgentes double DVD pre-order is almost certainly going to be a CD of archive SW material, pre-PT, pre-No-Man, pre-everything. When I was a teenager I was experimenting with all sorts of things, including songwriting, electronic music, psychedelic and progressive music..etc.. and made hours and hours of primitive recordings. Some of this fed in to the early PT cassette releases, but I’ve never actually tried to compile a whole disc of music from this era.
Normally I wouldn’t let any of this music out of the archive, since it’s pretty primitive and amateurish in many ways, but since the film talks about how I started to make music, and has a few clips of my early efforts, it seemed logical to extend this idea through to this bonus disc.
Please don’t expect anything of mind blowing musical quality of importance! Just a bit of historical context. I need to compile this when I get back from the current PT US tour, so I don’t know exactly how much music will be on there yet, but I hope at least 30-40 minutes or so. The original 2,000 copies of the disc that were going to have this free gift with them sold out very quickly, but now that we know that this archive CD will be the item in question I decided with Burning Shed to extend the offer for the bonus CD at least until the end of August. So please if you want this disc don’t wait until it’s too late and then get pissed at me that you have to pay silly money for it on eBay!
On that subject please note that there are currently 40 copies left of the Cover Version box set, and about 15 copies of the IEM box set left – neither of which will be repressed.
Sorry, I know it’s been an expensive year for SW related special editions, box sets…etc…but if it’s any consolation from October I don’t think there will be any releases for at least 6 months or so – after that 2011 should be all about new music.
The DVDA audiophile 5.1 surround sound version of PT’s acclaimed The Incident will be released in March, and is available to pre-order now from the PT Store. This edition features the 5.1 mix of the album in advanced resolution/MLP lossless 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, and 24 bit stereo, and also includes the videos for Time Flies and Octane Twisted, a 30 second TV spot, and a photo gallery set to exclusive instrumental mixes of Black Dahlia and Flicker. In the meantime Steven Wilson “Cover Version VI” box starts shipping later this week. This is a one time only pressing in this boxed format, and to date 70% of the copies are sold on pre-orders, but you can still order it from Headphone Dust or Burning Shed.
Cover Version VI is now available to pre-order and will begin shipping from 15th February. This will be the last in the series of CD singles featuring a cover version and an original. The single comes in a special limited edition box which contains CV6 in a picture sleeve as well as empty picture sleeves for all of the previous singles too (note that it will NOT contain the first 5 CDs, you have to have them already in order to put them in to the sleeves provided in the box!) The box also contains a booklet of drawings of SW by Hajo Mueller. You can pre-order now from Headphone Dust. It will also be available from Burning Shed later today (monday).
A few Bass Communion and Steven Wilson releases are available from SW’s own website at slightly reduced prices during January only. You can pick up the standard CD/DVD edition of “Insurgentes” for only £8 (and if you haven’t got this one yet, it really is one of the essential SW recordings). Also reduced for January only is the recent limited edition Bass Communion live album in Japanese style mini gatefold LP sleeve. Head over to the mail order page for more information.
Headphone Dust have a small number of copies of the bonus CD from the original Insurgentes special edition available to offer to people who did not manage to get one of the book editions. These were manufactured as a factory overrun when the special editions were assembled, and are literally just the disc in a plastic wallet without any artwork. The CD includes 5 additional tracks from the Insurgentes sessions, about 25 minutes of extra music. Price is £5. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org your name and address if you would like to reserve a copy, and we will send you an invoice including shipping costs.
The Bass Communion “Molotov and Haze” 3 vinyl set is now available from Headphone Dust, and it’s a beauty! It was originally recorded in February 2008 during a period of experimentation and preparation for the recording of SW’s debut solo album “Insurgentes”, using just multi layered guitars and laptop processing. The combination of glacial beauty and power drones represented a new approach to SW’s experimental side. For this ToneFloat vinyl edition each of the 4 tracks from the original CD occupies one side, but 2 of the tracks are extended versions (Molotov runs 5 minutes longer, Haze 3 minutes longer) – the set is pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, and housed in a thick gatefold sleeve.
In addition the first edition of 500 numbered copies includes an exclusive 10 inch vinyl of the Haze Shrapnel CD EP in its own picture sleeve. This will not be available separately. Available and shipping now from Headphone Dust.
Back in stock at Headphone Dust is the super limited 2 CD edition of the brand new Sand Snowman album “Two Way Mirror”, which features SW as guest singer on 2 tracks (returning the favour of Sand’s memorable guest appearance on Insurgentes).
Headphone Dust are receiving many questions regarding the forthcoming SW solo album “Insurgentes” and whether it’s possible to pre-order it. Please note that the special multi disk edition and download versions of the album will only be available from November, and then only from a central website specifically set up for the purpose. The multi disk mail-order version will be limited, but not so limited that there won’t be plenty of time for everyone who would like a copy to order one. Once the new website is set up we will start to reveal a bit more about the contents of the special edition, and perhaps make available some preview material in addition to the current Insurgentes Trailer. In the meantime there are plenty of other recently issued SW releases available from Headphone Dust mail order, including the fifth in the Cover Version series, and new Bass Communion releases “Molotov and Haze” and “Dronework” (mini LP sleeve edition).
The first 4 cover version CD singles are now all repressed and back in stock at Headphone Dust, with a special offer to buy all 4 for the price of 3. Cover Version V will be released in early July.
Headphone Dust Mail Order have a handful of the now otherwise sold out marbled vinyl edition of the Porcupine Tree “We Lost the Skyline” gatefold LP. This edition was limited to 1,000 numbered copies, and these copies are low numbers between 0090-0100. Price is £20 plus shipping. Please email email@example.com if you would like a copy, remembering to tell us which country you live in so we can calculate shipping.