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    Posted: March 02 2017 at 11:49
The new album Grimspound just went on preorder.  I got the CD.  There are some limited edition, opaque vinyl among other goodies. 

 I'm looking forward to the added composition power of ex-Beardfish  keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Rikard Sjöblom. 


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I'm not sure how easy any of the pre-Longdon albums are to get these days, but anything from The Underfall Yard (2009) onwards is very much worth your time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 24 2017 at 20:58
I've heard a lot about them but don't know them. What are some good albums to start with?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RoeDent Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 24 2017 at 13:26
Surprised this hasn't been posted here yet, well over 24 hours after it was announced: The tracklist for Grimspound was revealed yesterday.

1. Brave Captain
2. On the Racing Line
3. Experimental Gentlemen
4. Meadowland
5. Grimspound
6. The Ivy Gate
7. A Mead Hall in Winter
8. As the Crow Flies
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I bit the bullet and bought the DVD Stone And Steel.  My wife and I loved it.  It was a nice way to get to know the band.  The performances  were primo.
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Thanks for the advice, I think I'll listen to the Underfall Yard next
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Originally posted by Duke of Rother Duke of Rother wrote:

New album "Grimspound" is released 28th April.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2017 at 09:37
Originally posted by omphaloskepsis omphaloskepsis wrote:


Everything since "The Underfall Yard" is compulsatory, if you dig Big Big Train as much as I do. 


Absolutely agree. Then go for the early ones to hear their development


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote omphaloskepsis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2017 at 07:57
Everything since "The Underfall Yard" is compulsatory, if you dig Big Big Train as much as I do. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Monadology Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2017 at 10:27
I'd say checking out The Underfall Yard should be obligatory. It's amazing (their best album, I think - mainly because there isn't a weak track to be seen). After that, The Difference Machine is also worth a shot, but it's pretty different from their more recent stuff. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BunBun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2017 at 09:06
So far I have only really given their English Electric Part One a listen but I am loving it. Quick question, is their early stuff worth giving a look into? or should I just stick with their later releases for now?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Duke of Rother Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 20 2017 at 00:46
New album "Grimspound" is released 28th April.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote omphaloskepsis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2017 at 15:01
Been on the Big Big Train for five albums.   Folklore is my favorite.  And that makes me very optimistic for future Big Big Train trips. 
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Originally posted by RoeDent RoeDent wrote:

With all due respect, POTA is wrong on so many levels. These songs are all absolutely majestic, and nothing of this sort is being done by anyone else. BBT's songs are orchestrated with skills akin to the great classical orchestrators, combining rock/prog instruments with string quartet and brass quintet to glorious effect. And the stories themselves are so fascinating, brought even more to life by the majestic music and David Longdon's vocals.
I didn't argue against any of this, and I don't really disagree with your sentiments.
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With all due respect, POTA is wrong on so many levels. These songs are all absolutely majestic, and nothing of this sort is being done by anyone else. BBT's songs are orchestrated with skills akin to the great classical orchestrators, combining rock/prog instruments with string quartet and brass quintet to glorious effect. And the stories themselves are so fascinating, brought even more to life by the majestic music and David Longdon's vocals.
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Tickets for 2 dates at Cadogan Hall in September 2017 went on sale yesterday.

Looks like they damn near sold out within the first few hours so will probably be adding a Sunday matinee (as they did last year).

Need to get in quick if you want to go.
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Pota, I'm struggling with this description of them as a caricature of themselves.

Folklore doesn't have quite the appeal of the last 4 albums for me but they are producing songs and music of a very high quality, and adding new things to the mix.

And although I can see the linking of Make Some Noise and Wassail makes some sense, Winkie and Folklore are miles apart from those and each other.

I know you love BBT (like me) so am certainly not picking an argument but the negative observations seem odd.

Anyway, what direction would you like them to explore?
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Hi,

Been catching up with this one ... very nice indeed. 
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Me, being a faithful 'sucker' to vinyl - I only have both English Electric volumes. Can't wait to get my hands on this new offering. EE1 is superb, EE2 just rocks my world as much as Selling England........

Don't get your hopes up too high here. The talent is there, but the band really is starting to become a caricature of itself. 

You've got London Plane which does the familiar "from the/where the [river, abbey, English landmark]" like in Lost Rivers of London, Seen Better Days (amazing track), and Winchester From St Giles' Hill.




Then you have Folklore which is basically Wassail which is basically Winkie which basically Make Some Noise. I think those are all their weakest tracks

Folklore is really more of the same. More of the same Big Big Train is awesome. They're arguably my favorite band. But I'm itching for something fresh. 
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