Cover Version, the album, collects all the material issued on the limited edition Cover Version singles series released between 2003-2010. The 12 tracks comprise six Steven Wilson originals and six covers and provide an essential insight into both Wilson’s musical taste and his evolution as a solo artist.
In March 2003 Steven Wilson released Cover Version, a limited edition 2 track CD single. This was the first piece to be released under Wilson’s own name (following an illustrious career as a member of Porcupine Tree and No-Man, and recording under various guises such as IEM and Bass Communion), and comprised completely solo performances, stripped back to acoustic guitar, piano and voice.
The single was made up of one cover version, along with one new, original composition. Replicating this format, over the next seven years, Wilson released a further five singles as part of the series.
Each of the CD singles were strictly limited. The final release (Cover Version VI) came in a special box housing all six CDs, with artwork designed by Carl Glover and a booklet of portraits of Steven by Hajo Mueller. Subsequently, an even more limited run of 7″ singles were also pressed. Inevitably, as Wilson’s popularity has grown – both through his work with Porcupine Tree and his hugely successful solo career – these long deleted releases have become much sought-after by collectors.
Cover Version, the album, re-packages this intriguing part of Wilson’s career for a new generation of listeners.
Steven Wilson’s cover of ABBA’s ’The Day Before You Came’ can be heard on the Episode 47 of the Kscope Podcast (click here)
Pressed on double heavyweight (180g) vinyl, the gatefold artwork has been ‘remixed’ from the box design by Carl Glover.
A CD release will be released on 30th June 2014
The album tracklist is as follows;
The Day Before You Came
The Guitar Lesson
Sign ‘o’ The Times
Lord Of The Reedy River
Moment I Lost
Please Come Home
Four Trees Down
The Unquiet Grave
Well You’re Wrong
An End to End
Behind the scenes at the Royal Albert Hall
The Raven the Refused to Sing
The Birthday Party
One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and his mother to Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” two albums that were pivotal in the development of his musical direction. His father, an electrical engineer, built him a multi-track tape machine, and he began to experiment with overdubbing and developing a repertoire of production techniques. Early demo tapes started to emerge in the mid 80’s while Steven was still at school, and at the end of the decade he created the two projects which gained him entry to the professional music world: Porcupine Tree and No Man.
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