Porcupine Tree – Shesmovedon
Posted on Nov 30th, 2007 by Alan @ 12:53 pm


One of the oddest re-recordings ever. Porcupine Tree orginally released “Shesmovedon” as a single to promote the 2000 “Lighbulb Sun” album, and then re-recorded it for inclusion as a bonus track on their 2005 album “Deadwing”. But not on all versions of that album – the main Amazon listing is for the version without this song. The link below is for the version complete with this track (and some video content if I remember correctly)

And no matter how tempted you are to spend £79.99 on a second hand copy of “Lightbulb Sun”, do try and contain yourselves! I believe a re-issue of this, complete with a 5:1 audio mix, is scheduled for 2008. It is a fine, fine album and worth the wait (many would argue that it’s also worth eighty quid, but they’re the kind of band that attracts that kind of obsessive fan!)

What’s most bizarre about these are that the two versions are almost identical – the re-recording is ever so slightly faster, and some of the bass runs and drum fills are more elaborate (Chris Maitland was replaced on drums by Gavin Harrison in 2002, prior to the release of “In Absentia”) Other than that I’d struggle to spot an significant differences.

I’ll also dig out a live version of the track to complete this post later, as that’s the way I prefer to hear it. The live band line-up features a second guitarist, John Wesley, who also adds his distinctive vocals to the sound.

2000 version (from “Lightbulb Sun”)

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2005 version (from “Deadwing”)

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Live version (from a bootleg of the band’s show at the Fillmore, San Francisco, 25th November 2002)

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  1. On July 6th 2008 at 10:36 am, Bernadette said:

    Hi there, did you ever manage to find a live version to compare these two versions with? It would be great if you did!

    I heard them play in my city, Sydney, for the first time ever in April this year. (It also happened to be the first time they’d come to Australia, and my very first concert experience, so overall, it was a great evening!)

    They had a great setlist and sounded absolutely fantastic live, but Shesmovedon wasn’t included. It would be nice to hear how they play it live.

  2. On July 6th 2008 at 11:08 am, Alan said:

    Oh, good point, I never did get round to posting the live version did I? Watch this space!

    Alan’s last blog post..How Cool Is This?

  3. On July 6th 2008 at 12:00 pm, Alan said:

    Here it is Bernadette, hope you enjoy it! I’ve got so many live versions of this track I didn’t know which one to share, but the Fillmore show is one of the clearest bootlegs I’ve got so it seemed the right option. If you’re interested in getting hold of live recordings, join the pt-weeds Yahoo group (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/pt-weeds) and you’ll never have a quiet moment in your life again!

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