Porcupine Tree’s Delerium Years: The Best Boxset You Don’t Own

The set also comes with two posters—one from a concert and the other a reproduction of the artwork (front and back cover) of Signify.

The real treat of the set, though, is the 140-page hardback book complete with a serious history of the period and band by the ever-sagacious Stephen Humphries. A journalist for the Christian Science Monitor and well-known rock reviewer, Humphries is as witty as he is stylish in his writing, and the book really captures the essence of Steven Wilson and co.

I had just finished Rich Wilson’s excellent biography of the band, Time Flies, when The Delerium Years showed up.  Humphries tells much the same story as Wilson does, but he offers several fresh insights, especially when getting into the artistic soul of Wilson.

Without giving too much away, here’s a small sample of what you get in the book:

“The best thing that ever happened to me was not being successful early in my career writing compromised music. If I had been, I could have been locked into a pattern and a career path that would have made me very unhappy. Failure was the best thing that could’ve happened to me at that time.”—Steven Wilson

To order the boxset (and, again, for what it’s worth, I give it my highest recommendation), go to Burning Shed: https://burningshed.com/porcupine-tree_the-delerium-years-1991-1997_boxset