The only ever live performance from Jansen & Barbieri captured at the legendary Melkweg venue in Amsterdam & available on vinyl for the first time
Lumen is a rare recording of the only Steve Jansen / Richard Barbieri concert ever to be performed. The show was recorded at the Melkweg, Amsterdam on 1st Nov 1996 as part of the famous Dutch Magazine OOR’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
With Jansen & Barbieri joined on stage by Mick Karn on bass and saxophone plus Steven Wilson on guitar they performed songs from their Stone To Flesh, Stories Across Borders and Beginning To Melt albums. Although the concert was never intentionally recorded for release, after hearing back the direct line stereo mix, Jansen & Barbieri decided it contained certain elements that brought the studio versions to life. There were no options to alter anything from the 1996 mix but regardless of this fact they released it as a limited edition run of 500 cassettes. All that you hear on Lumen is what happened on the night, warts and all, and is in every sense a true live album.
In recent years Richard Barbieri has been a core member of Porcupine Tree playing keyboards on all the band’s albums since 1993 as well as releasing solo albums and projects with Steve Hogarth. Prior to this, it was in the new-wave pioneers Japan that he originally came to prominence along with Steve Jansen, & Mick Karn helping to create the ground-breaking synthesiser sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk and a whole raft of artists to follow. Steven Wilson is currently riding high on the success of his recently released album Hand. Cannot. Erase.