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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.11 | 228 ratings

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4 stars A Few Great Tracks.

The best tracks here come at the end. Indeed, each track seems better than the one beforehand on this release, and at 41 minutes, I consider this to be a regular album, rather than the 'extended EP' it is formally labelled. The album begins with "Master of Time", a cover originally written by Genesis-founder Anthony Philips, which is very pleasant and fits the BBT sound very well. The next song, "Billy Shouts Mine", is like a few on the second (original) volume of English Electric (EE) a bit on the melancholy side, but the music is very good. British Racing Green is forgettable, but short and pleasant. The best tune are the last two. "Brambling" is an awesome track, and I am surprised it never surfaced on one of the live albums. It would have fit very well on EE. The closing track, though, is the one that makes this release a necessary addition to the BBT catalogue. "The Wide Open Sea" is excellent, beautiful 17-minute epic musical journey, up there with the best BBT epics, and better than anything on Folklore (for instance). It sounds like it should have been on The Underfall Yard, but perhaps they had too much material for that album, necessitating this release. It is so good. All taken together, this release contains both great and OK tracks, but the good ones more than compensate for the OK tracks. On balance, I give this 8.0 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which just squeeks it in to the 4 PA star range.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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