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    Posted: July 26 2017 at 14:00
I kept seeing Big Big Train coming up here so I thought I would check them out. Any Suggestions?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2017 at 15:00
The double English Electric is a  delight for my ears (and soul), maybe yours too.
One cannot properly describe music with words but I would dare to use these two for the general mood: Gentle and Heartfelt (too lame for your tastes?)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2017 at 21:11
The one I got first is English Electric Full Power. I would think that's the way to go, with both English Electric albums, plus a few extra tracks that were later released as an EP. Besides that one, I have Folklore, but I feel some of the charm and magic is gone... however, it's well loved around here anyway. I still have to get the new ones, and The Underfall Yard. However, English Electric was a very pleasant and enjoyable surprise, very beautiful music and all. One thing that struck me about the songs on the album is that they didn't sound like they were trying to be prog for the sake of being prog (which seems to be a very comon sin for bands lately), rather they used the prog elements to enhance and serve the music (and that is exactly what bothers me from Folkore, that one seems to have more of the trying to be prog element in it). With this album, Big Big Train seems to have taken the torch of Genesis that they left behind after Selling England by the Pound.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote axeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2017 at 23:19
Another recommendation for English Electric Full. But I'd recommend Difference Machine, Underfall Yard, Far Skies EP. If any of that grabs you, you branch out to Gathering Speed or Folklore. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 02:24
I'd recommend EE1 and, to a lesser degree, EE2 rather than EEFP, which is cranked up beyond full power: the proper sequence of the songs has been mixed up and a few leftovers of Spot the Pigeon+-level have been added. Nevertheless, I don't think you can go wrong with any Longdon-era BBT.

EE1 > Grimspound > Folklore > EE2 = TUY >= BS#2

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Like most of the suggestions here, English Electric Full Power is a great place to start.
Grimspound is also an excellent choice for followup.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progaardvark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 06:11
If you have some time, you can listen to almost their entire discography here:
 
My favorites, in no particular order:
Folklore
English Electric
The Underfall Yard
Gathering Speed
English Boy Wonders
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 06:33
Originally posted by Mormegil Mormegil wrote:

Like most of the suggestions here, English Electric Full Power is a great place to start.
Grimspound is also an excellent choice for followup.
Amen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Argo2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 07:08
Thanks for the suggestions . I'll check out English Electric & some of the others.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 09:44
Folklore would make my best 10 prog albums of all time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2017 at 10:51
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Folklore would make my best 10 prog albums of all time.


It is quite superb, as is Underfall Yard.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fredyair Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2017 at 10:14
The English Electric is fantastic but try first The Underfall Yard, the previous to English, which is absolutely amazing.
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The Difference Machine is a perfect starter.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote deandob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2017 at 15:45
You might like this just released mix of Big Big Train songs with London as a theme

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RockHound Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 29 2017 at 05:55
I'll put in a good word for Grimspound. And everything else mentioned above.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 29 2017 at 12:47
For me they seemed to have peaked (at least for now) with The Underfall Yard and English Electric.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progfan915 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2017 at 06:49
I have all of the Longdon albums (and love them all!)  I have not heard any pre-Longdon albums.  Difference Machine has been mentioned a few times here; is that my next step?  How does it compare musically?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2017 at 03:59
I bought up the entire back catalogue after realising how much I loved English Electric Part One. 
The DVD 'Stone and Steel' would be a great place to start but is also available as an MP3 download.

The Difference Machine is also extremely good although most albums by BBT are worth having. English Boy Wonders is probably the weakest although it used to be available on an American music site as a free download , the name of the site (sorry) escapes me. 
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You can listen to and download some of their older songs here on their Reverbnation website.  https://www.reverbnation.com/bigbigtrain/songs
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