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    Posted: July 23 2014 at 12:03
Originally posted by Horizons

Wide Open Sea is great, though it has its flaws. 

I think it's pretty much the perfect song. There's just one little thing I think would make it slightly better toward the end. 

For the past five months I've been listening almost exclusively to BBT. I've never listened to a band so much before and not gotten burnt out. I get to that point in the day where I get sick of listening to them. But by the next day or two, I'm dying to hear those songs again. 

I've mostly been using Spotify to listen to them. I've created a couple stations based on their tracks, so I get a mix of other related music (Spock's Beard, Airbag, Mystery, Unitopia, etc). But I find myself skipping them a lot of the time till another BBT track pops up. 

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Recording sessions for the brass sections of The Underfall Yard

The song itself.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2014 at 00:02
Part 1 of EE is better than Part 2 imo. 

Difference Machine is fantastic. 

Far Skies Deep Time is another fantastic album - Wide Open Sea is great, though it has its flaws. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2014 at 23:56
I just can't get into Big Big Train. I bought English Electric I & II and find myself not very moved by the music. To me, and this is maybe ONLY me, but the music seems to take a backseat a lot of times. The music very rarely penetrates through and hits me in the gut like my favorites tend to do. I don't know I'm still on the fence with this band or so it would seem.


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English Electric Part I = Excellent
English Electric Part II = Sheer Brilliance
Both as dbl LP's with the re-formatted track list and bonus tracks. I listen to the 2nd EE probably 3 times to 1 against EE part I.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2014 at 14:08
Just gone a bit 'mad' and bought 5 albums direct from the band at the same time

Listening to Goodbye To The Age Of Steam at the moment , absolutely beautiful album on first listen. Also got The Underfall Yard , The Difference Machine , Gathering Speed  and Far Skies Deep Time to add to Electric Electric (1 &2) and English Boy Wonders. All good! Is there a more consistent band around other than IQ?
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yeah a cool amazing musicians. total PROG...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Metalmarsh89 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 26 2014 at 00:44
I've still only heard two of their albums (Far Skies Deep Time and Underfall Yard), and they are absolutely amazing. I don't know why I keep forgetting about them in my prog collection. Master of Time has become one of my favorite prog tracks ever as well. Beautiful.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote geekfreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 22 2014 at 09:01
youtubes, thanks most enjoyable BBT... band yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote POTA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2014 at 23:24
I can't seem to stop listening to this band lately. I've especially been obsessed with English Electric, Pt. Two and Far Skies Deep Time.

The Wide Open Sea has to now be in my top 10-15 prog epics ever. 

Another really good track.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kazza3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2014 at 21:46
News: Big Big Train are going to start playing live shows again, and joining them for these shows, is Rikard Sjoblom from Beardfish!! They're making a DVD of sessions at Real World Studios, London later in the year.



I'm a big fan of Rikard's, so this is great news.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2013 at 04:07
Thats all fair enough too Mr Else and Mr Brother. I appreciate your comments as it certainly appeals to a wide audience - both albums offering something refreshing for all tastes. The bar was set very high with part one - too high perhaps, but I look fwd to their next release hopefully soon

 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2013 at 04:01
Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush

English Electric part one = ***** masterpiece
English electric part two = *** good
i dont know know why they eliminated all the complexity and killer melodies on part 2 - it was nothing special
Any thoughts?


EE1 is a masterpiece indeed. A full ***** which is ranked #2 on my 2012 list, but it would be #1 in most other post-2000 years.
EE2 surely has some fine moments; with The Permanent Way (many themes from EE1 converge in this song) and East Coast Racer (I love the piano version of Summoned By Bell's final and the 41/8 rhythm pattern from about 9 to 12 minutes in this track) as highlights. Sometimes this album draws too close to easy listening. A song like Leopards may be a plesant listen on a sunny Saturday morning. Still worth four stars and a stripe. I think it will end up in the middle part of my top 10 for 2013.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2013 at 01:25
Originally posted by timbo

Originally posted by richardh

So 14 on Amazon to get only 4 new songs if you have the two albums already. It really needed a live disc to make it tempting for me.


So get it on Bandcamp instead http://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/
At least the artist gets a much bigger cut of your money than they do from Amazon.

Decided just to get the EP instead. I nearly always buy from Amazon (sorry!)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aussie-Byrd-Brother Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2013 at 21:16
Part two was lovely, Scott! Yes, it's less overtly `proggy' than the first, but it's very grand, melodic, lush and sophisticated. The vocal harmonies and arrangements in particular are superb on it!

I like that it has it's own identity compared to the first, sounds different, and wasn't merely `more of the same', or `leftovers' from Part 01.

Both great albums!
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English Electric part one = ***** masterpiece
English electric part two =  *** good

i dont know know why they eliminated all the complexity and killer melodies on part 2 - it was nothing special

Any thoughts?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2013 at 18:46
Looking at the cover for English Electric Part 1, I thought the inside gatefold photo was a close-up of icecream - then reading through the artwork credits realised that it is rust. Rust as art ?? Very inspired, just like the music contained within.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote timbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2013 at 06:07
Originally posted by richardh

So 14 on Amazon to get only 4 new songs if you have the two albums already. It really needed a live disc to make it tempting for me.


So get it on Bandcamp instead http://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/
At least the artist gets a much bigger cut of your money than they do from Amazon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote proggman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2013 at 18:03
Big Big Train is one of my favorite bands right now, I really like The Underfall Yard and the English Electric albums.
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Originally posted by lazland

Part Two of English Electric arrived Tuesday, but haven't had a chance to listen until today.
It really is quite lush, pastoral, and utterly beautiful.

You know, I've had it for quite a while myself, and only felt the need to move on from the first one today, and on my inital run through, I thought `Damn this is lush' too Laz!

It's very orchestrated, cinematic and sophisaticated. Different enough because of that sound from the first album, very beautiful stuff.

Now to work out which I prefer of the two!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2013 at 00:52
So 14 on Amazon to get only 4 new songs if you have the two albums already. It really needed a live disc to make it tempting for me.
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