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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. High Tide, Last Stand (7:06)
2. Fighter Command (10:44)
3. The Road Much Further On (8:39)
4. Sky Flying On Fire (6:04)
5. Pell Mell (6:36)
6. Powder Monkey (9:08)
7. Gathering Speed (7:23)

Total Time: 55:40

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Line-up / Musicians

- Sean Filkins / vocals, blues harp, percussion
- Andy Poole / bass guitar
- Ian Cooper / keyboards
- Laura Murch / vocals
- Gregory Spawton / guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Steve Hughes / drums and percussion

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3.64
(155 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
18%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Good, but non-essential (30%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars With their fourth release entitled "Gathering Speed" the UK band BIG BIG TRAIN seemed to have taken a giant step into the 'prog rock zone'. To be honest, I was stunned by their 'progressive progress' because I knew this band and was far from delighted about them. I think this CD will appeal to many prog rock fans: seven melodic, warm and tasteful compositions that contain many shifting moods and lots of good musical ideas. The music has strong hints from mid-GENESIS (twanging acoustic guitars and moving Mellotron waves) but also elements from YES (vocal harmonies) and Alan PARSONS PROJECT (pleasant progressive pop) can be traced. At some moments BIG BIG TRAIN still sound a bit poppy, the music is not very original but most of this CD was a pleasant session, I'm looking forward to their next one!

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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars Big Big Train has a lot going for it on this release: beautiful cover art, a theme that we can sink our teeth into (the Battle of Britain) , seven longuish tracks all in the 7-8 minute range, brilliant musicianship featuring excellent guitars from Greg Spawnton, effective rythm section that is upscale from your usual neo lineups, fantastic vocals both male and female and , in closing an overall positive listening experience. The style is very similar to fellow Brits Tantalus who score big prog points worldwide with "Lumen et Caligo", which serves as almost a companion to this release. All tracks are tinged with a very British, Genesislike storytelling atmosphere which is extremely pleasing to the ear, directing the listener into a hitorical/musical return to a time when survival was everything and war , the epitome of evil (Lest we forget). From the opening moments of "High Tide, Last Stand" , the inward musical spiral gathers speed (sic) , London-blitzing through "Fighter Command", through the fiery skies of "Pell Mell" and like a waywardly brave Spitfire, reaching for glory 'til the bitter end and ultimate victory. Very nice job, unexpected really and the basis for future releases from Greg and the boys. Congratulations! 4.5 spitfires

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars "BBT" is a neo-prog outfit as there are plenty. The usual suspects of borrowing some good old giants music ("Yes" and "Genesis") with some fantasy I have to say. But the original brand always sound better to my ears and here are obvious plagiarism moments in here.

The music displayed is enjoyable at times, but when I listen to the first part of "Fighter Command" I can only be disappointed. Weak vocals, déjà vu instrumental parts (did you say "Trespass"?). All in all pleasant, but so cliché.

Same feel about "Powder Monkey". But this one does hold some fine mellotron lines (yes, I like this!). The closing of that song though is just a pastiche of the start of the great "Time" from Floyd. What a mix!

The quality of the musicians is quite good, but the song writing is rather thin ("Sky Flying on Fire"). There is little to no inventiveness in this album. Just average music ("Pell Mell").

Some pop prog item are to be heard as well. I am not sure that these will be the cup of tea of many of my colleagues ("Gathering Speed"). The title track is just a combo of what's available before. Nothing gorgeous, nor splendid. But nothing bad either.

Two stars for this.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Gathering speed from 2004 I can say is among my fav Big Big Train albums, I mean from what I've hered so far, I have all their albums, ep or demos this one is most intrestinng intresting ones but in same time far from being original influences from older Genesis is still present almost on every BBT album. Sean Filkins apear here for the first time on vocals and he did a good job overall, he has that special voice for such neo cross prog very much loved by many listners, he apear aswell on their next album The difference machine. High tide last stand is among the top pieces from here together with instrumental Sky flying on fire and Fighter command, the melodic guitar and good keybords parts of Spawton combined with Poole bass and good voice of Filkins make from this one a good listning even as I said before I'm a moderate fan of them and each album is good but nothing close to masterpiece, at least for me. Pleasent most of the time. 3.5 stars to this one.

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Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Big Big Train have only ever had one weakness in their musical arsenal, that of vocals. For their fourth album they have definitely got to grips with that by bringing in singer Sean Filkins. Sean used to be in Lorien, whose SI album 'Children's Games' I reviewed some eleven years ago in #22 (by the way ? I still have the press photo ? blackmail can be a powerful thing). Although the music for this concept album was basically written prior to his involvement, it sounds as if he has been there from the outset. It is strange to think that apart from Sean and additional vocalist Laura Murch, the other four guys were all there at the beginning, some thirteen years ago. Mind you, the only constants in the intervening time have been guitarist Greg Spawton and bassist Andy Poole, but the guys have come back together in order to produce their masterpiece.

This album tells the story of a spitfire pilot who is shot down during the Battle Of Britain, and is easily their most musically complex to date. It has an extremely polished sound (due in no small part to the involvement of Rob Aubrey), but the layered vocals fit in with the different sections so that it is hard to imagine the band sounding any other way. In parts it is almost Floydian as the music moves like waves, with plenty of space for the music to get into the psyche. Starting with the roaring of merlin engines flying overhead, the gentle almost Genesis-style guitars soon become much harsher, showing that here is a band with their own musical identity ? it goes back to the classic days of the early Seventies but is also very much for today. Even though the songs aren't exactly short, there is the feeling throughout that there is definite structure which gives the music definition and purpose.

There is just so many good things to say about this CD that by far the easiest is just that if you like modern progressive rock then this is an album to savour. This really is a million miles away from 'From The River To The Sea' (thinking about it, I probably have photos of the band from then as well ? I must get them out of my file?). They seriously thought about ending the band after 'Bard' ? that in itself was a great album, but this is even better. For more details visit the good site www.bigbigtrain.com.

originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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4 stars Well, 2012 has ended and what was the outstanding album of the year in terms of the prog genre? For me (and many others it appears) it was Big Big Trains English Electric Part 1, an outstanding statement of modern prog/classic rock with a nod to the past. But what of their earlier works. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#890417) | Posted by MarkGregory | Wednesday, January 09, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 7.5/10 Although Big Big Train has had a long-lived career of almost 15 years when he was in 2004, poisso safely say that it was with Gathering Speed ​​things started to go well for the band. His three previous albums and their debut demo bordered between the mediocre and the med ... (read more)

Report this review (#553697) | Posted by voliveira | Thursday, October 20, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The unmistakable sound of the Merlin engine, good way to start an album! After three dismal efforts BBT suddenly produce music that does in fact cross the progressive Rubicon !! Even the singer doesn't drone on (thankyou Cosmic Joker!). The hackettesque guitar and abundant mellotron helps of cour ... (read more)

Report this review (#244703) | Posted by M27Barney | Thursday, October 15, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Well its been almost a year since Big Big Train released this album et I must confess that I only just recently became an owner of a copy of GS! But they do say the best thing come to those who wait... Simply a wonderful release and have been playing it over and over I must say there is not to ... (read more)

Report this review (#28829) | Posted by | Thursday, December 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a lovely piece of yesteryear progressive rock with modern flavours, which BBT are able to meld better than most un-original prog rock bands of today, these humble boys are not in it for competitiveness, there are so many neo prog bands that are so hung up on being better or more compl ... (read more)

Report this review (#28828) | Posted by | Friday, October 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

3 stars big big train have proved themselves worthy of the label PROG this time, I feel that this is a good release and have listened to it again and again and it doesn't burn out as quickly as a lot of stuff in this sometimes limited and complex quagmyre that is prog rock. I do think though that the ... (read more)

Report this review (#28827) | Posted by | Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is my album of the year. Early Genesis feel , fantastic vocals (finally got it right), mellotron, hooks and melodies to die for. Beautiful album and all prog fans should own this. Essential. Well done Greg and the boys ... (read more)

Report this review (#28826) | Posted by | Tuesday, August 31, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars yes BIG BIG TRAIN'S stars are definitley rising, i'd like to see this band do well -i can see their potential and this relese is their strongest yet I think their main songwriter GREGORY SPAWTON has captured the mood and conveys it to the listener almost perfectly, it draws you in and keeps yo ... (read more)

Report this review (#28825) | Posted by | Tuesday, August 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is undoubtedly BBT's finest work to date, especially if you prefer slightly mellower prog in the vein of genesis etc... Fantastic musicianship and great song strucures are its strength. I can't believe this band -they've been around over ten years and are mostly 'out of the spotlight' w ... (read more)

Report this review (#28824) | Posted by | Thursday, June 10, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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