2013 was been an incredible year for Steven Wilson. In February he released The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), his third solo album. The album was a huge critical and commercial success, earning numerous 5 star reviews and charting well across the world, debuting at #3 in the German national chart, #28 in the UK top 40, #57 in the US Billboard top 200, #16 in Holland and #17 in Finland. The album has since been named Album of the Year at the Progressive Music Awards and #1 in the Prog Magazine Critic's Choice Poll.
Steven assembled a virtuoso band to record the album and subsequently embarked on a successful world tour. The band, currently made-up of Guthrie Govan (guitar), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Theo Travis (flute / sax), Nick Beggs (bass / stick), and Chad Wackerman (drums). Chad, who was Frank Zappa's longest serving drummer, has replaced Marco Minnemann, who played on the album and on the previous tour.
Behind the scenes at the 'Gig of the Year' (PROG Critic's Choice Poll)
Disc 1 - Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC) / DVD:
1 Drive Home (Video) 08:20 * see below
2 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Video) 07:49 * see below
3 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 10:25
4 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt Video) 04:30
5 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 11:52 * see below
6 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt Video) 08:12
7 The Birthday Party 03:46
8 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29
Disc 2 - CD:
1 Drive Home (Edit) 04:08
2 The Birthday Party 03:46
3 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29
4 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt) 10:25
5 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt) 04:30
6 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt) 11:52
7 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt) 08:12
In February 2013 Steven Wilson released The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), his third solo album. The album was a huge critical and commercial success, earning numerous 5 star reviews and charting well across the world, debuting at #3 in the German national chart, #28 in the UK top 40, #57 in the US Billboard top 200, #16 in Holland and #17 in Finland.
Steven assembled a virtuoso band to record the album and subsequently embarked on a successful world tour. The band, currently made-up of Guthrie Govan (guitar), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Theo Travis (flute / sax), Nick Beggs (bass / stick), and Chad Wackerman (drums), will be back on tour throughout October and November playing three dates in Australia followed by an extensive run of European shows. Chad, who was Frank Zappa's longest serving drummer, has replaced Marco Minnemann, who played on the album and on the previous tour.
Prior to these dates, Drive Home, a new audio-visual package will be released as a Blu-ray & CD set and as a CD & DVD set.
The Blu-ray and DVD feature the new video for lead track 'Drive Home' along with the video for 'The Raven That Refused To Sing', both directed by Jess Cope. They also include four tracks recorded live in Frankfurt during the recent tour.
In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD feature audio recordings of two previously unreleased tracks, 'The Birthday Party' and an orchestral version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing'. 'The Birthday Party' was recorded in LA at the same sessions as the tracks that made up the album while the version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' is a new mix that strips the track back to just the orchestra and vocals.
All the songs on the Blu-Ray and DVD are mixed in both stereo and 5.1 sound, including the two audio only titles. The audio on the Blu-Ray is full lossless 96/24 throughout. These tracks are also included on the CD, along with the audio from the live tracks and an edit of 'Drive Home'.
Steven Wilson's The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) named ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ at Progressive Music Awards
Steven Wilson was awarded the prestigious album of the year award for his recent masterpiece The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) at the second annual Progressive Music Awards. The awards, organised by Prog magazine, were presented at a ceremony in London's Kew Gardens.
Other winners on the night included Marillion (much of who's catalogue is available on Madfish, Kscope's sister label) who were named 'Band of the Year' and Family who won the inaugural 'Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award' for the 14 CD career spanning boxset. More details on all the winners can be found here.
Praise for The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
‘The breadth and scope of Raven represent Steven Wilson at the height of his creative powers, where surround sound music and mixing has reached a heretofore unheard aural apex. Our ever-searching ears are lucky to be consistently challenged and rewarded by this man’s muse.’
Sound & Vision, USA
‘A progressive masterpiece.’
Classic Rock, UK
‘The Raven That Refused To Sing is, aptly, magic.’
Metal Hammer 9/10, UK
‘Being at the beginning of 2013, this is not only the album of the year but for sure a new classic Prog album’
This Is Rock. Spain
‘The third solo effort from Steven Wilson consolidates not only his name and style. This is his possibly the best album of his whole career’
LH Magazin, 10/10 Album of the Month Spain
‘If you only buy one album for the rest of your life, buy this one!’
Eclipsed, 10/10 Album of the Month, Germany
‘Steven Wilson is the greatest Prog mastermind of his time!’
Visions – Album of the Month, Germany
’A hot canditate for 'Record Of The Year'!’
Rock Hard 9/10, Germany
‘…there remains nothing than saluting Mr. Wilson for the third time anyway.’
Slam 9/10, Germany
‘a most inspiring and innovative record will not be released in 2013′
Guitar 5/5, Germany
‘The Raven That Refused to Sing explodes into life with a stripped-down art-rock thud before morphing seamlessly into all manner of wildly evocative soundscapes, melodic crescendos and mellotron-drenched fever dreams… this album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock’s most cunning and soulful protagonists’
The Guardian 5/5, UK
Tour Dates for 2013
23rd - Nijmegen - Concertgebouw De Vereeniging - Netherlands
24th - Leuven - Het Depot - Belgium
26th - Bremen - Pier 2 - Germany
27th - Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen - Germany
28th - Hannover - Theatre am Aegi - Germany
30th - Dresden - Alter Schlachthof - Germany
November 1st - Leipzig - Theatrefabrik - Germany
2nd - Vienna - Gasometer - Austria
3rd - Erlangen - Heinrich Lades Halle - Germany
5th - Lyon - Le Transbordeur - France
6th - Bordeaux - Rock School Barbey - France
8th - Madrid - Auditorium Principe Felipe - Spain
10th - Marseille - Espace Julien - France
12th - Lausanne - Les Docks - Switzerland
13th - Bologna - Duse Theatre - Italy
14th - Padova - Geox Theatre - Italy
22nd - Luebeck - Rolling Stone Weekender - Germany
23rd - Aarhus - Train - Denmark
24th - Gothenburg - Tradgarn - Sweden
26th - Helsinki - The Circus - Finland
29th - Poznan - MTP2 Hall - Poland
30th - Zabrze - House Of Music And Dance – Poland
'The Birthday Party' ghost story, taken from the deluxe book edition of 'The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories)', accompanied by the instrumental version of 'The Watchmaker'.
Promo video for The Raven that Refused to Sing
Promo video for The Raven that Refused to Sing, from The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories), the new album by Steven Wilson.
Directed by Jessica Cope & Simon Cartwright
Produced by John Cope & Tom Kaye
Animated by Jessica Cope
Editing and special effects - Topher Holland
Additional animation - Simon Cartwright & William Powell
Storyboard - Simon Cartwright
Puppets & sets - Jessica Cope
Additional artwork & puppets - Simon Cartwright, Beth Jupe, Paul Davies, Alison Cross, Louise Smurthwaite
Based on a story by Steven Wilson & Hajo Müller
Special thanks to - Mackinnon & Saunders, Steven Wilson, Hajo Müller
The new album by Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing (and other stories) will be released on Kscope on 25th February. The album was written between January-July and recorded in Los Angeles in September with Steven's current band line up of Guthrie Govan - lead guitar, Nick Beggs - bass guitar, Marco Minnemann - drums, Adam Holzman - keyboards, Theo Travis - saxophone / flute, and engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons. The 6 tracks on the album are all based on stories of the supernatural, and the deluxe 4 disc edition comes in the form of a 128 page hardback book containing lyrics and ghost stories illustrated by Hajo Mueller. In addition to the deluxe edition there will be regular CD, CD/DVDV media book, Blu-Ray and 2LP vinyl editions, with the DVDV and Blu-ray editions featuring a 5.1 mix of the album and other bonus material.
The tour to promote the album starts on 1st March in Europe, and will continue throughout the rest of the year visiting many other countries, see confirmed dates on Steven's website.
Track listing: 1. Luminol (12.10) * see video below
2. Drive Home (7.37)
3. The Holy Drinker (10.13)
4. The Pin Drop (5.03)
5. The Watchmaker (11.43)
6. The Raven that Refused to Sing (7.57)