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Pressed on 180g vinyl initial copies are available in WHITE vinyl. Packaged in a heavyweight sleeve, Porcupine is the third studio album by the band. First released in February 1983, it became the band highest charting release when it reached No2 in the UK charts. Recorded at Trident Studios in London, Rockfield in South Wales and Amazon Studios in Liverpool, the album was produced by Ian Broudie who was credited as 'Kingbird' on the sleeves notes. With tensions running high within the band, the album got rejected as 'too dark and uncommercial' by Warner Bros so the band agreed to re-record the album using the original tapes as a blue print. Shankar - who played strings on successful single 'The Back Of Love' was brought back in by Drummond to add strings to the remainder of the album to give it a brighter production. It was during these sessions that the next single from the album 'The Cutter' was recorded and released in Jan 1983. It became the bands first Top 10 hit. The result of those re-recordings is a much more refined sound which bridges the gap between Heaven Up Here and the next album Ocean Rain. The main difference being that early rawness, is now replaced by a more lavish and fuller sound provided by the addition of a greater range of strings and percussion. The band were finding their feet musically, a new structure and sophistication was developing, yet still with that air of mystery. The album cover is one of the most powerful visuals the band have ever had for one of their albums. Shot on location in Iceland, the accompanying short film Porcupine - An Atlas Adventure directed by the bands lighting engineer Bill Butt, reflects the frigidity of the album. The towering icy landscape of the frozen Gullfoss waterfall near Reykjavik provided photographer Brian Griffin with the stunning backdrop for the cover shot. Music magazine 'Q saying 'The Porcupine cover is the epitome of rock band as heroic archetype - young men on some ill-defined but glorious mission, one easily as timeless as the stars the sea'. The album has appeared in many a critics lists of albums, and even featured in the 2006 book 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die..enough said really.


  1. Name
  2. The Cutter
  3. The Back Of Love
  4. My White Devil
  5. Clay
  6. Porcupine
  7. Heads Will Roll
  8. Ripeness
  9. Higher Hell
  10. Gods Will Be Gods
  11. In Bluer Skies
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