Portishead

Profile:
Portishead are an English band formed in 1991 in Bristol. They are often considered one of the pioneers of trip hop music. The band are named after the nearby town of the same name, eight miles west of Bristol, along the coast. Portishead consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley, while sometimes citing a fourth member, Dave McDonald, an engineer on their first records. Live shows also featured DJ Andy Smith. Their debut album, Dummy, was met with critical acclaim in 1994. Two other studio albums were issued: Portishead in 1997 and Third in 2008.
Sites:
Members:
Variations:

Artist

Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Albums

828 553-2 Dummy — Portishead Portishead Dummy (Album) Go! Beat 828 553-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
TCD 1036 In Concert - 652 — Portishead Portishead In Concert - 652(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC World Service TCD 1036 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
539 189-4 Portishead — Portishead Portishead Portishead (Album, EP) Go! Beat 539 189-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
IC 0735 In Concert 735 — Portishead Portishead In Concert 735(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 0735 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
interhead1, mixhead1 Interview & Mix CD — Portishead Portishead Interview & Mix CD(CD + CD, Mixed + Promo) Not On Label, Not On Label interhead1, mixhead1 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
559 424-2, 559 424-2(24) Roseland NYC Live — Portishead Portishead Roseland NYC Live (Album) Go! Beat 559 424-2, 559 424-2(24) Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
1764013 Third — Portishead Portishead Third (Album) Island Records 1764013 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Singles & EPs

PWBCD1 Wildwood — Portishead Paul Weller Vs. Portishead Paul Weller Vs. Portishead - Wildwood(CD, Single, Promo) Go! Discs PWBCD1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
GODX 114, 857 561-1 Numb — Portishead Portishead Numb (Single) Go! Beat, Go! Beat GODX 114, 857 561-1 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
GODCD 120, 857 767-2 Glory Box — Portishead Portishead Glory Box (Single, Maxi) Go! Discs, Go! Discs GODCD 120, 857 767-2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
422-857 817-1DJ Sour Times — Portishead Portishead Sour Times (Single, Maxi) Go! Beat, Go! Beat 422-857 817-1DJ US 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PRCD 7018-2 Wandering Star — Portishead Portishead Wandering Star(CD, Single, Promo) Go! Discs PRCD 7018-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3671 Half Day Closing / Humming — Portishead Portishead Half Day Closing / Humming (Single) Go! Beat 3671 France 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PORT1 Cowboys — Portishead Portishead Cowboys (Single) Go! Beat PORT1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
571 995-2 Over — Portishead Portishead Over (Single) Go! Beat 571 995-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none All Mine — Portishead Portishead All Mine (Single) Go! Beat none Ireland 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PRCD 7714-2 Only You — Portishead Portishead Only You (Single) Go! Beat PRCD 7714-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
563 215-2 All Mine (Live NYC) — Portishead Portishead All Mine (Live NYC)(CD, Single) Go! Beat 563 215-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
B0011169-11 Machine Gun — Portishead Portishead Machine Gun (Single) Island Records B0011169-11 US 2008 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none Magic Doors — Portishead Portishead Magic Doors (Single) Island Records none UK 2008 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
B0011597-11 The Rip — Portishead Portishead The Rip (Single) Island Records B0011597-11 US 2008 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none Chase The Tear — Portishead Portishead Chase The Tear (Single, EP) XL Recordings none UK 2009 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Compilations

422 850 167-2 Glory Times — Portishead Portishead Glory Times (Single) Go! Beat 422 850 167-2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
075 New Collection — Portishead Portishead New Collection(CD, Comp) D.K. & Moon Producing Centre, Moon Records (2) 075 Ukraine 2008 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
532 080-1 Dummy / Portishead / Roseland NYC Live — Portishead Portishead Dummy / Portishead / Roseland NYC Live(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Bo) Universal Music France 532 080-1 France 2009 Sell This Version

Add Review

Blaculator

Blaculator

January 19, 2023
Hail to EMS! General synth for this band.
Some of their tracks reminds me an older Haus Arafna material.
Somnium_Obmutum

Somnium_Obmutum

July 28, 2021
edited 12 months ago
This band is truly one of a kind. An ultimate ode to melancholy. In fact, you can even mark parts of your spiritual live by so-called "Portishead phase". They nailed themes of existential crisis, tainted love and self-doubt, even reflected a tad upon anti-war themes and politics. It's pretty rare when someone like Beth Gibbons invent such sincere, heart-felt and fragile poetry. This woman is larger than air. Her vocals comes straight from a heart, rather than mouth. Geoff Barrow done some of the most amazing sampling for songs, whilst Adrian Utley's distinct blues guitar parts became some sort of icing on the cake for this musical package.
Though Portishead studio albums are very rich with various post-effects, i like their live performances even more, that's saying how skilled they are as musicians. I savor each album by them. It's not a commercial music in any sense, because after only a third album they've released just 2 singles - "Chase The Tear" and "SOS" (ABBA cover). The first one was a part of Salvation Army event, the 2nd was a part of a protest against the man who killed chairman of British Parliament, because she was against Brexit. Now that's what i call an artist's career!

D!XI
ThaPrinz

ThaPrinz

November 23, 2018
Hello, it's been 10 years, time for a new album! (please)
See 5 replies
thexfile

thexfile

July 31, 2015
edited over 8 years ago
Portishead ‎ "Saturnine" 2006 is missing.
See 2 replies
shawn.allen

shawn.allen

January 15, 2005
edited over 18 years ago
I must say the only reason Portishead could ever sound "dated" is that they've been painstakingly imitated for the past decade, to various degrees of success. Beth Gibbons' voice epitomizes yearning and heartache. And while I can't say that Andy Smith's turntablism is astounding, or that Geoff Barrows' productions are groundbreaking by today's standards, taken as a whole the group's work is unique, and was absolutely unrivaled in its day.
See 1 reply
vanity6

vanity6

April 3, 2003
As a note of interest, there was an album called "Pearl" released that claims to be from Portishead. I have that album, and the cover and liner notes are very convincing. However, the album is actually by a group called Mandalay. I have their album (my version's called Solace) and it's exactly the same thing. It does sound a bit like Portishead, but definitely isn't. A cool collector's item, though...
See 3 replies
View More Lists

Videos (121)

Edit