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    Posted: April 03 2013 at 10:17
Part Two arrived in the mail yesterday.  Looking forward to giving that one a spin sometime today.
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this band came out of nowhere for me until i saw everyone raving english electric comparing them to genesis has became one my new fave bands i heard there older stuff is not quite good they recently got this new singer they got now
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That's the way I see it. David Longdon has taken everything up several notches.

The earlier albums are decent enough, and always interesting, but nothing special.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2013 at 06:24
Originally posted by john-westover

this band came out of nowhere for me until i saw everyone raving english electric comparing them to genesis has became one my new fave bands i heard there older stuff is not quite good they recently got this new singer they got now
Some punctuation would make this easier to read.
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Greetings from Arizona.
 
I have really enjoyed both parts of ENGLISH ECCENTRIC but have yet to explore their older work. Looking forward to doing so, starting with THE UNDERFALL YARD, I think.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote axeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2013 at 11:47
Originally posted by Duke of Rother

That's the way I see it. David Longdon has taken everything up several notches.

The earlier albums are decent enough, and always interesting, but nothing special.
I like a lot of the stuff with Filkins, but when Longdon sings "The sea is my blood." I feel it. 

I think his vocal performance on Wide Open Sea off of the EP is what makes it my remaining BBT favorite. And he makes me think that there was something important about Master James of St. George building "castles of stone, steel and blood".

But then a little less bloody good is his grim performance on A Boy in Darkness
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2013 at 11:49
Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by john-westover

this band came out of nowhere for me until i saw everyone raving english electric comparing them to genesis has became one my new fave bands i heard there older stuff is not quite good they recently got this new singer they got now
Some punctuation would make this easier to read.

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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.


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Thanks for turning me back onto BBT.
I bought Difference Machine a couple of years ago, but still cant get into it, despite repeated plays.
After reading this thread, I played the Youtube clips of English Electric, and found them much more to my taste. If it hadn't been for this thread I'd have ignored them totally.
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I've listened through both parts one and two several times now. Probably at least 15 times.

I honestly think that they rate as high as anything that Genesis or Yes ever did. I can find no fault with these albums. They're just superb. It's a shame, but I doubt BBT will ever get the thorough recognition they deserve.


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1. Hedgerow
2. Curator of Butterflies
3. East Coast Racer
4. The Wide Open Sea
5. The Underfall Yard

First 3 are pretty much on the same level.
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Judas Unrepentant. Cannot get enough of this song. Insanely good.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 21:27
I still haven't heard this band, though I have gotten somewhat interested because of all the hype this English Electric albums have been getting. However, I just read something about them releasing both albums in one package, and even including some extra song there. I'm thinking I may go with this version of the albums...
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I don't like the vocalist. The music is good, but not dynamic enough to make up for the bad vocalist.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 02 2013 at 07:01
Several months ago I acquired the beautifully done 2LP package of 'English Electric - Part One' and, whilst the music is fresh and exciting (easily a 4 star album), I must say that the band had a lot of outside help (some great names included) - how do they pull this material off live I wonder ??
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Post Options Post Options   Quote H. Siedler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2013 at 13:29
I think their best works are The Underfall Yard and Far Skies Deep Time! Of course I like their other albums, but these two are the most special for me. I must confess I'm stil trying to understand the newest album... I couldn't find what is so special in it, but I'll try harder. Anyway, BBT is one of the out-of-70's prog bands I like the most!
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I loved Underfall Yard and acquired Far Skies Deep Time when it came out but they kind of got forgotten about in a wash of other new bands. Just ordered the new English Electric package with the 4 new songs, guess it's time to catch up on Far Skies.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote mahavishnujoel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2013 at 18:39
I only have the two English Electric albums and they one of the best prog bands right now and in my favorites along with haken, morse, and flower kings who in my humble opinion are peaking in this last 2 or 3 years. It's definitively a great time to be a prog fan. 
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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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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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