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3.41 | 148 ratings | 6 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wind Distorted Pioneers (3:21)
2. Head Hit The Pillow (5:49)
3. Edge Of The Known World (4:47)
4. Landfall (4:18)
5. Dragon Bone Hill (3:53)
6. Blow The House Down (9:20)
7. Expecting Snow (2:36)
8. Blue Silver Red (10:04)
9. Losing Your Way (7:29)

Total Time: 51:36

Bonus track on Japanese Release only:
10. Two Poets Meet (4:30)

Bonus tracks on 2011 remixed edition:
10. Far Distant Thing (1993 recording) (4:35)
11. Expecting Dragons (new recording) (7:16)
12. Losing Your Way (extended version) (10:01)


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Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Read / vocals
- Greg Spawton / guitar, keyboards, co-producer
- Ian Cooper / keyboards
- Andy Poole / bass, co-producer
- Steve Hughes / drums

- David Longdon / flute & keyboards (11)
- Nick D'Virgilio / drums (11)
- Steve Christey / wind chimes
- Martin Orford / arrangements & backing vocals
- Gary Chandler / backing vocals
- Ken Bundy / backing vocals
- Mandy Taylor / backing vocals
- Sally French / backing vocals
- Stuart Nicholson / backing vocals
- Rob Aubrey / backing vocals, co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Jim Trainer with Andy Poole (design)

CD Giant Electric Pea ‎- GEPCD 1007 (1994, UK)
CD English Electric Recordings ‎- EERCD008 (2011, UK) Remixed by Rob Aubrey & Andy Poole w/ 3 bonus tracks and different cover art

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BIG BIG TRAIN Goodbye To The Age Of Steam ratings distribution

(148 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by loserboy
3 stars Rich in the English neo-prog vein of JADIS and GALAHAD, BIG BIG TRAIN deliver highly symphonic and memorable music. "Goodbye To The Age Of Steam" is a wonderful little recording with some solid guitar, keyboard and drum interplay. In many ways this album reminds very much of JADIS and in fact Steve Christey and Gary Chandler both join the lads adding some brilliance. In fact this album is hosted by a few other friends including Stu Nicholson (GALAHAD), Martin Orford (IQ) and Sally French. BIG BIG TRAIN play a very tight and bright rock with gentle passages and packed with solid instrumentation. Solid neo-prog all the way through.

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4 stars Big Big Train first album remastered. Always to start is difficult. This guys overtake the afraid and temptation to be likeable (or not) to everybody(fans of prog) Melodies are beautiful. Yes in their last albums they were going to show us all their very talented skills in instrumenta ... (read more)

Report this review (#756650) | Posted by robbob | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars 5/10 This is a median debut. Although Big Big Train has gained attention with his latest album (the magnificent The Underfall Yard) they are already on the road for a long time - 20 years. While their first demo was a complete abomination to me, the same can not be said Goodbye to Age of St ... (read more)

Report this review (#545107) | Posted by voliveira | Friday, October 7, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars From the River to the Sea was their first demo, followed by The Infant Hercules, both pretty awful to be honest. A young band's first compositions I guess. So initially, I ignored this album, not expecting anything too much better. Eventually I think I won a CD prize and chose this as I alread ... (read more)

Report this review (#244526) | Posted by gingernut | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I'm no more impressed with this than the other CD i've reviewed (Bard). The singer just bores me and it appears that the singing parts are ALL EXACTLY THE SAME, tempo tone - just BORING!!! Thus when you get to the instrumental break (where it gets better) you are already realising that you wou ... (read more)

Report this review (#244510) | Posted by M27Barney | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars yes i know big big train, not the greatest band in the worldwhen compared to the likes of spock's beard/marillion etc... but still a good effort all the same with this disc. It has its moments and is fairly original sounding, shame about the voice! goodbye... opens with wind distorted pioneer ... (read more)

Report this review (#12006) | Posted by | Saturday, August 7, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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