Why Wilson Won’t Work On ELP Again
Steven Wilson won’t remix any more Emerson, Lake and Palmer albums – because he doesn’t feel as strongly drawn to their music as he does to others.
The Porcupine Tree mainman has worked on two ELP surround sound remix projects: their 1970 self-titled debut and 1971′s Tarkus. And while he’s keen to continue that kind of production work, he wants to concentrate on music that moves him more.
Wilson tells Innerviews: “I’ve got to love the album and the people involved – it’s as simple as that. I get invited to do a lot of stuff.
“I did two ELP albums but I’ve chosen not to do any more because I can’t honestly say I love them. I didn’t feel as connected to them as the King Crimson or Jethro Tull albums.
“I absolutely love the King Crimson, Jethro Tull and XTC records I’m doing now.”
Jakko Jakszyk, who appears on Wilson’s new solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) will take over the ELP remix series, and Wilson says: “He’ll do a great job.”
Meanwhile, despite positive reviews of the title track, released with a promo video last week, he isn’t expecting sudden mainstream success.
“They don’t call it a single any more – rather it’s a focus track,” Wilson comments. “You can still generate a whole career based on one song, as Lana Del Ray proves.
“But I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve never had a breakthrough song. I can look back at some of the Porcupine Tree songs and say, ‘They should have been radio hits.’ If they had been done by another group they might have been.
“But I don’t lose sleep over that any more. It has been about gradually building through continuing to make quality albums. I gave up even thinking about singles.”