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No-Man, the partnership between Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson, reissue their 2001 fourth album on Kscope

Originally released on the 3rd Stone label in February 2001, Returning Jesus is a collection of ambitious songs which combine Singer-Songwriter, Chamber Jazz, Progressive and Ambient influences with the band’s unique widescreen production and seductively melancholy compositions. Released two months following Steven Wilson’s 2017 solo album To The Bone.

Guest musicians include Steve Jansen (Japan/Rain Tree Crow) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and double bass, Theo Travis (Soft Machine) on saxophone and flute, and Ian Dixon on trumpet. The late trumpeter Ian Carr (Nucleus), David Kosten (Faultline, Bat For Lashes) and Ben Christophers contribute to the evocative opening piece “Only Rain”.

 

Listen to “Outside the Machine” above

The double CD edition – featuring a 2017 remaster from Steven Wilson and sleeve notes by Tim Bowness – contains the original album, plus a bonus CD of b-sides, demos and alternate versions. It is presented in a digipack packaging complete with a 12-page booklet with additional artwork and photographs from regular No-Man collaborator Carl Glover.

The double 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl edition – featuring a 2017 remaster by Steven Wilson – is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with additional artwork and photographs from regular No-Man collaborator Carl Glover.

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Biography

Formed in 1987, No-Man is a British band comprising Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).

The name No-Man was adopted in 1990 and first used on the self-released single, Colours (a Melody Maker, Sounds and Channel Four Planet Sound Single Of The Week).

Signed to labels including Kscope, One Little Indian and Sony, the band has so far produced six studio albums, a documentary dvd and a number of singles and compilations.

Originally creating ambient, dream pop and sample-based music, No-Man has subsequently embraced post rock, art rock and classical minimalist influences as its sound has become more organic and band-oriented.

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Guest contributors to the band’s music have included King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Pat Mastelotto, Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Gavin Harrison, Jazz luminaries Theo Travis and Ian Carr, Electronic artists Scanner and Faultline, Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club) and Dave Stewart (Egg/Hatfield & The North). Ex Japan/Rain Tree Crow alumni Jansen, Barbieri & Karn toured and recorded with the band in the early 1990s.

No-Man’s most recent studio album, 2008’s Schoolyard Ghosts, has been its best-selling to date and has received some of the most favourable reviews of the band’s career (being described by Classic Rock magazine as “truly sublime”).

Love and Endings (2012) is the band’s first officially released live album.

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