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.


828 553-2 Portishead - Dummy album art Portishead Dummy (Album) Go! Beat 828 553-2 Indonesia 1994 Sell This Version
TCD 1036 Portishead - In Concert - 652 album art Portishead In Concert - 652(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC World Service TCD 1036 UK 1995 Sell This Version
95-09 Portishead - On The Edge  album art Portishead / Bad Religion / Throwing Muses Portishead / Bad Religion / Throwing Muses - On The Edge (CD, Transcription) Westwood One 95-09 US 1995 Sell This Version
539 189-4 Portishead - Portishead album art Portishead Portishead (Album, EP) Go! Beat 539 189-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
IC 0735 Portishead - In Concert 735 album art Portishead In Concert 735(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 0735 UK 1997 Sell This Version
559 424-2, 559 424-2(24) Portishead - Roseland NYC Live album art Portishead Roseland NYC Live (Album) Go! Beat 559 424-2, 559 424-2(24) Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
B0011141-02 Portishead - Third album art Portishead Third (Album) Island Records B0011141-02 US 2008 Sell This Version

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


422 850 167-2 Portishead - Glory Times album art Portishead Glory Times (Single) Go! Beat 422 850 167-2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
interhead1, mixhead1 Portishead - Interview & Mix CD album art Portishead Interview & Mix CD(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label, Not On Label interhead1, mixhead1 1997 Sell This Version
none Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Barenaked Ladies, Neil Hannon, Stereophonics, Portishead, Van Morrison, The James Taylor Quartet Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Barenaked Ladies, Neil Hannon, Stereophonics, Portishead, Van Morrison, The James Taylor Quartet - UK-Interview(CDr, Comp, Promo) V2 records none UK 1999 Sell This Version

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July 28, 2021
edited 3 months ago
This band is truly one of a kind and 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, self-doubt and even some bits of anti-war 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. 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 to this musical package. Even 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 single songs Chase The Tear and SOS (ABBA cover) - the first one was a part of Salvation Army event, the 2nd as 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!



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


July 31, 2015
edited over 6 years ago
Portishead ‎ "Saturnine" 2006 is missing.


January 15, 2005
edited over 17 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.


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...

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