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All The Blue Changes - An Anthology 1988-2003

a Compilation/Boxed-Set release
by
No-Man

Release Year: 2006

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Compilation of 15 years No Man
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/8/2008 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/27/2011 3:20:00 AM by: Rob
    CD-1
  1. Pink Moon (3:03)
  2. Colours (4:09)
  3. Days in the Trees [previously unissued mix] (7:11)
  4. Reich (2:34)
  5. Walker [previously unissued] (3:24)
  6. Back to the Burning Shed (2:47)
  7. Road (3:18)
  8. Housekeeping (5:32)
  9. Heaven Taste [edit] (10:31)
  10. Watching over Me (4:43)
  11. Simple (7:04)
  12. Things Change (7:31)
    CD-2
  1. Pretty Genius (3:51)
  2. My Revenge on Seattle [previously unissued single mix] (4:46)
  3. Dry Cleaning Ray [previously unreleased single mix] (3:28)
  4. Sicknote (8:10)
  5. Caroline Skeletons (5:08)
  6. Something Falls (3:27)
  7. Only Rain (7:25)
  8. Returning Jesus (5:19)
  9. Chelsea Cap (5:23)
  10. Photographs in Black and White (10:03)
  11. The Break Up for Real [Drum Mix] (3:58)
  12. (Bluecoda) (2:36)
Tim Bowness
vocals
Steven Wilson
all instruments
Guests
    Ben Coleman,
    Natalie Box
    violins
    Lara Flynn Boyle,
    Patricia Leavitt
    sampled voice
    Richard Barbieri
    keyboards
    Richard Felix
    cello
    Steve Jansen
    drums
    Mick Karn,
    Silas Maitland
    fretless bass
    Ian Carr
    trumpet
    Mel Collins
    soprano saxophone , flute
    Robert Fripp
    guitar, frippertronics
    Lisa Gerrard
    voice sample
    Steve Jansen,
    Rick Edwards
    percussion
    Chris Maitland
    drums , percussion
    Michael Bearpark
    guitar
    Stephen Bennett
    noise
    Ben Castle
    clarinets
    Peter Chilvers
    space-bass
    Roger Eno
    harmonium
    David Picking
    percussion, trumpet, sounds

Reviewed by Nuno on 14 Jul 2008


I am one of that ever-growing multitude that consider Steven Wilson to be one of the most creative musical genius of the last 20 years. I am so convinced of it that I would walk on fire if that was needed to prove my conviction.
If music is my true and only religion (ok, I also am fanatic for my soccer team Sporting Clube de Portugal AKA Sporting Lisbon), then Steven is one of the most venerated saints of that religion around these parts.
No matter if I listen to Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man or any other side project or band where he lays his Midas touch, one thing is certain: the gold shines brightly as it is always carefully polished by this masters hand.

Ok, so Ive made my point about Stevens work in generalso lets just concentrate on NO-MAN for the time being

All the Blue Changes is an anthology of tracks from all the projects albums in-between 1988 and 2003, the time when Together Were Stranger was released. While by now a new album has come out (the absolute gem Schoolyard Ghosts), this anthology really pin-points the cream of the cream in No-Mans rich musical landscapes and melodic sense.

I personally prefer the second phase of the project, namely the albums after Wild Opera, which means that my favorite part is the second album of this compilation, which best represents that more contemporary phase.

To describe No-Mans musicality is to brag about the sense of melody, the richness of the harmonies and the capacity to include numerous details that enlighten the music even more, independently from the trick that is used, and that can be an acoustic guitar, an eerie sax, a haunting keyboard tapestry or anything else. Sometimes its like a more popish-art David Sylvian (just listen to Only Rain), a slower Porcupine Tree or a mellower Blackfield. But the important is that the calmness, brightness and optimism that the compositions transport are able to embrace us in its tight yet strangely releasing hug. The music seems to smoothly caress our soul and take it on an astral sleep flightaway from us into a calm atmosphere filled of green pastures and indigo waters.
This leaves me relaxed and energized again, like a non-illicit opium drug that cleans our stressful ways and recharges the needed batteries to endure another routine day.

This can be angelic musicpure, refreshing, uplifting. Just what it takes to get your day going on the right foot and with the right moodor to end it that way.