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On the Sunday of Life

On The Sunday Of Life... is the debut album of English progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in July, 1991. It compiles tracks that Steven Wilson produced and recorded for two cassette-only releases, Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (1989) and The Nostalgia Factory (1990). The rest of the music from these tapes was released three years after in the compilation album Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape.

The album contained tracks that would grow to become some of the group's classic songs (particularly "Radioactive Toy" and "Nine Cats").

Most of the lyrics were written by Alan Duffy, a school friend with whom Steven Wilson had lost touch a few years before the album was released.

A small run of 1000 copies in a deluxe gatefold sleeve were released in early 1992.

Track listing

Part I - "First Love"
1. "Music for the Head" – 2:42
2. "Jupiter Island" – 6:12
3. "Third Eye Surfer" – 2:50
4. "On the Sunday of Life..." – 2:07
5. "The Nostalgia Factory" – 7:28
Part II - "Second Sight"
6. "Space Transmission" – 2:59
7. "Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip" – 0:27
8. "Radioactive Toy" – 10:00
9. "Nine Cats" – 3:53
Part III - "Third Eye"
10. "Hymn" – 1:14
11. "Footprints" – 5:56
12. "Linton Samuel Dawson" – 3:04
13. "And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun" – 4:05
14. "Queen Quotes Crowley" – 3:48
Part IV - "Fourth Bridge"
15. "No Luck With Rabbits" – 0:46
16. "Begonia Seduction Scene" – 2:14
17. "This Long Silence" – 5:05
18. "It Will Rain for a Million Years" – 10:51


Professional reviews:

  • NME - Exorcising that Pink Floyd obsession. More psychedelic psauna sweltering from those Freakbeat fanzine chaps. Porcupine Tree's double debut disc of unearthly delight tends to wander into some unbearably twee nooks and crannies as it lumbers along over four sides, but suddenly, out of the blue, a blot of invention peeps through and something that resembles Pink Floyd's Ummagumma magnum opus is reborn. Once you get a taste for Porcupine Tree's decidedly spiked psyche it turns out to be deadly seducing stuff.
  • Ptolemaic Terrascope - Their music flies off at tan/genital angles that frequently surprise and disturb although there's a heady underlying Floydian space-rock element which pins the whole lot together like a distorted knee joint; it's as trippy an album as you'd ever hope to find.
  • Kerrang! - "On The Sunday Of Life" so blatantly ignores any known commercial formula as to verge on the insane.

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