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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B009F91YHA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Occam’s Razor
2. The Blind House
3. Great Expectations
4. Kneel And Disconnect
5. Drawing The Line
6. The Incident
7. Your Unpleasant Family
8. The Yellow Windows Of The Evening Train
9. Time Flies
10. Degree Zero Of Liberty
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hatesong
2. Russia On Ice / The Pills I’m Taking
3. Stars Die
4. Bonnie The Cat
5. Even Less
6. Dislocated Day

Product Description

2012 two CD release, a live set recorded in Chicago during the tour that supported The Incident, the band's most recent album. The Incident went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the world tour climaxed with sold out shows in October last year at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York. The album marked another step forward in the incredible journey of the band from a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a Grammy nominated act and one of the world s most revered live bands.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sébastien Perron on Nov. 28 2012
Format: Audio CD
Pas le meilleur live de Porcupine Tree. Prestation similaire à l'album (disque #1)aucunes variation, on a l'impression d'écouter l'album the incident, à part quelques applaudissements et Thank you chicago. Le deuxième disque est nettement plus intéressant. surtout avec Russia on ice suivi the the pills i'm taking, fabuleux!

Côté son, on repassera, sans être d'aussi piètre qualité que le live de Yes, in the Air, disons que c'est pas la meilleure qualité sonore entendue. Loin de là. on reste un peu surpris même lorsqu'on sait quelle minutie Steven Wilson traite ses album précédents et remasterise afin de tirer le meilleur de la technologie moderne. si vous êtes fan, vous acheterez l'album quand même, si vous voulez entendre PT live, tourner vous plutôt sur l'excellent BluRay Anesthetize ou encore, Coma Divine.
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By richard t pavia on May 29 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Finally a Porcupine Tree album good from end to end... It is live.. I saw the show and it was a great show and recorded really well. Its a great album
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Format: Audio CD
I purchased the package with the bonus DVD.
While the double CD is as impressive as usual the Bonus DVD is only 50 odd minutes long. A shame.
But Porcupine tree still rules.
Hopefully , Mr. Wilson will not neglect PT for too long while take care of his solo career.
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 5 2013
Format: Audio CD
This show is divided into two halfs. The first half is the studio album "the Incident" done live and the other half are tracks from their career but favouring later records. The sound on the incident is a little thin sounding but the audio on the other disc is top notch. The band (as always) is playing tight but in my opinion "The Incident" was not a bad record but I do feel it was not as strong as the pervious few. This is also very much a gap effert. Originally PT was to start a new record this year but Steven Wilson has jumped into another solo album coming out in Febuary.
I feel these disc stand shoulder to shoulder with their other two live CD's. Hey and The price is good. There is a version kicking around with a DVD of the Incident portion of the concert. I am not sure if Amazon sells it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"Octane Twisted" Live In Concert and Trying To Clear The Air! Nov. 25 2012
By Lawrence Keslinke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The 5 star rating of "Octane Twisted" live is based only on this *****2 Disc CD Set***** currently being sold here at Amazon for only $11.99 or another choice is to download this 2 Disc set currently being sold for $15.99.

Disc #1 Is the complete song cycle, and live version of "The Incident" album recorded live at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Opinion: This live recording for me is even "Better" than the studio version of "The incident" album.

What I hear on this live recording is 'Steven Wilson's' excellent lead vocal's being stronger, clearer with very clean guitar leads or rhythm playing with some keyboards, Drummer 'Gavin Harrison' is Wow factor, and is excellent with his creative drum fills, impeccable timing, and rhythmic playing, Keyboards 'Richard Barbieri is excellent with all of his creative soundscapes for each, and every song, Bass player 'Colin Edwin' is excellent with his steady, and smooth Bass playing riffs, Backing vocals, does some lead & rhythm guitar 'John Wesley' is excellent as a supporting band member live or studio playing.

So if you like 'The Incident' studio version? You should definitely like this live version or maybe even better like it is me?

Disc #2 Song 1) 'Hatesong' for me is PT's best live version of this song ever put on disc. 2) 'Russia On Ice' / The Pills I'm Taking' are really 2 different songs shown as one song on Disc, and both are outstanding live versions with 'The Pills I'm Taking' is only half of the song called 'Anesthetize'. 3) 'Stars Die' for me the best live version ever put on disc by PT. 4) 'Bonnie The Cat' first live version ever put on disc & for me even better than the studio version. All these songs recorded live from same concert at Riviera Theatre in Chicago on April 30, 2010.

Songs 5 thru 7 Recorded live at "Royal Albert Hall' With Song 5) 'Even Less' a great long live version, and the first time the long version live put on disc. 6) 'Dislocated Day' Outstanding, and for me the best live version ever put on disc by PT. 7) 'Arriving Somewhere but Not Here' Another outstanding live version of this classic PT song.

Currently not sold by Amazon right now or by any other website. The special edition of 'Octane Twisted' sold only at Burning Shed website. The good it comes in a beautiful booklet with some great pictures from PT's tour, and holds all 3 Disc's the 2 CD's & regular DVD. Now for me the very disappointing the regular DVD only comes in one sound format 'Dolby Digital Stereo' all the other Porcupine Tree live concert DVD's had multiple sound formats to pick from, including surround sound formats of 5.1 DTS. Also should have been offered in blu-ray DVD.

For any Porcupine Tree fan or someone willing listen to some excellent & creative progressive, alternative rock music. I highly recommend this *****2 CD Set***** of "Octane Twisted" sold here at Amazon. I also highly recommend PT's live concert DVD's video's 1) "Anesthetize" in (DVD & Blu-ray) 1st choice or 2nd choice regular DVD only, 2) "Arriving Somewhere" comes only in regular DVD, 3) I think the best live concert video & sound for 2012 or maybe any year? Is Steven Wilson's "Get All You Deserve" (Blu-ray) 1st choice or 2nd choice regular DVD, and all 3 of these live concert DVD's have 5.1 DTS Surround Sound to pick, and listen too.

'Steven Wilson's' "Grace for Drowning" & Porcupine Tree's 2007 "Fear of a Blank Planet", and 2009's 'The Incident' albums all 3 previously recognized, and have been nominated for surround sound Grammy nomination's.

I would think? "Get All You Deserve" live would have a great chance to be nominated for a Grammy selection this coming year of 2013 Grammy nominations, and just maybe this time win one? For the best surround sound album of the year of 2012!
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Only 3 Stars based on band's past output and the possibility of what could have been. Nov. 21 2012
By JP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this review includes the bonus DVD, which is only in the set available directly from Burning Shed. I am including it because 1) I'm sure many fans will choose that version and 2) I'm sure used copies will show up here on Amazon eventually. The 2 CDs are the same as available here, or download from other sources.

For those who weren't there: The Incident tour of 2009/10 was divided into 2 halves, The Incident performed in its entirety (then a 20 minute break) followed by a 2nd set of older material. So that is what you get here; disc 1 is "The Incident Live" and disc 2 is the 2nd set (which is a quite different setlist from the show I saw in Atlanta only 3 days earlier).

While it is nice to get live versions of Bonnie the Cat, Dislocated Day and (a LONG waited for) Russia on Ice (1st half only then it goes into the middle section of Anesthetize), I could have done without yet another version of Hatesong, Even Less and Arriving Somewhere but Not Here. Yes they are all excellent songs, but all 3 are already on the DVD Arriving Somewhere and those are (arguably) better versions too!! How about, instead, live versions of Deadwing (it IS a title track after all) or Slave called Shiver or one of the MANY PT songs we do not have official live versions of yet?!?

Also, sorry T. Griffin but daledebil is partially right, the sound isn't all that, especially compared to what we have come to expect from this band. It's about on par with the soundboard-recorded benefit CD "Atlanta" the band released a couple years ago. And frankly, compared to the DTS sound on the other 2 PT DVDs, these CDs are downright disappointing!! There is NO WAY I'd ever consider mixing these tracks in with MP3 rips from those aforementioned DVDs, the difference in sound quality is just TOO drastic. The high range in particular seems very muffled, almost like my treble was turned down, or the tweeter protection was tripped. But I will mention that songs 5-7 on the 2nd CD are from a different concert and do seem to sound a little better!

(And I also have to say.....come on daledebil........only 1 star?!?!? REALLY?!?!)

Now, on to the bonus DVD that's available from Burning Shed.......well, I can say it sounds a little better than the CDs. Which is REALLY weird considering it's the SAME concert and same recording!! I can only guess they put more love and care into mixing the DVD than the CDs!

Other than that I am quite sad to admit it is also disappointing. Not only is it just a regular DVD (I e-mailed Burning Shed and there are no plans to release a Bluray), its only soundtrack is stereo; no surround sound?!?!?! WTF? After the magnificence of the DTS sound on the 2 previous DVDs (and DTS HD master on the Anesthetize BluRay), offering stereo as the only choice is inexcusable! Oh well, at least it looks good!

But, considering Arriving Somewhere is 5-star EXCELLENT and the Anesthetize BluRay is one of THE gold standards of concert DVDs (and the one I reach for when I want to show off my system) this one can't be called anything other than a disappointment in comparison.

Also, be aware that the DVD is ONLY the Incident set, i.e. the 1st CD. None of the tracks from the 2nd set are on the DVD. Since (the 1st 4 tracks anyway) are from the EXACT SAME SHOW......WHY did they choose to not offer them on the video? I would have loved to SEE Russia on Ice and Bonnie the Cat live as well, not just hear them. And, if they wanted to keep the conceptual idea of The Incident intact, they could have at least offered them as a bonus section on the DVD.

I'm afraid I have to agree with daledebil again in wondering if this was released just to generate some holiday $$. They certainly didn't put the care and perfection into this product that we are used to seeing from this band!

Doesn't really matter in the end though, they are still my favorite current band, so I'd still buy it even having looked into the future and read my own review! There's just no way I'm going to turn into some bewildered fanboy and give this 5 stars just because I love the band. (For the record I also thought The Incident was their weakest album in a while. In Absentia, Deadwing and Fear of a Blank Planet were all better.)

If this had of been a full DVD with both sets (and offered as a BluRay) AND had the sound and production quality of the past releases, it would be 5 stars all the way. But, subtracting 1 star for the subpar sound and another for the inexcusable shortcomings of the DVD, leaves it a 3 star release. The first ever from me for a Porcupine Tree product!

(INSTANT EDIT - come to think of it, I got King's X DVD Live Love in London last year and it had this same problem. SAME show but the DVD sounded a lot better than the CDs!! So now I have 2 examples of this....strange, truly strange.)
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Did someone mess with my system? Dec 1 2012
By where's the bass? - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Couldn't wait to get this CD/DVD in the mail (from Burning Shed so I could get the DVD). PT is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I had seen (and loved) The Incident tour at a House of Blues in Florida. I put the first CD in and awaited the first three monster chords I knew were coming. But when they did, my first thought was, "Did the kids mess with the settings on my system? What's wrong here?" Well, no one had adjusted any settings. The sound (not the music or the performance) is so sub-par on these CDs it's hard to describe. It's quiet, lacks bass, sounds thin and tinny and is wholly disappointing. I grabbed the new live Zeppelin CD to compare, and when I put that one in I was nearly blown out of the room. Infinitely better, from and audio standpoint.

As other reviewers have pointed out, the DVD sounds great. No problems there. I'm just baffled. I know SW is a perfectionist, and other live recordings from PT are great. In fact, I also compared Octane Twisted to the Arriving Somewhere concert download and, well, there is no comparison. I see other reviews similar to mine, but I also see reviews where people seem pleased with the sound quality. I don't know much about pressing CDs, but maybe I somehow got a lemon?

Anyway, PT will remain among my Top 5 favorite bands, but Octane Twisted (save for the DVD) will just be gathering dust, unfortunately.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As usual, an outstanding live effort Nov. 20 2012
By T. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Fans of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson's solo work are already familiar with his work, and particularly his live performances. This is no exception. The musicianship is impeccable, but not mechanical. The best way to listen is through a pair of quality headphones to hear the nuances of Richard Barbieri's keyboards. All in all, a fantastic record of the Incident tour. Now for some new music.......
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
P Tree Never Disapoints July 26 2013
By feederbb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I think I have every release from Porcupine Tree and love every one of them. Octane Twisted was a good choice even though I think all the songs are previously released. The great thing about Porcupine Tree is even though the songs aren't new, they are different versions and better! P Tree seems to sound better "live" than in the studio. They are masters at what they do. A great addition to your musical collection especially if you are a progressive rock addict like myself.

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