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Big Big Train have released seven albums including the critically acclaimed CD's English Electric (2012) and The Underfall Yard (2009). An extended length EP, Far Skies Deep Time, was also released in 2010.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B008D4AKYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the modern British Prog Rock band. Eight tracks, over 60 minutes of music.

Customer Reviews

Thought provoking lyrics, lush harmonies, intelligent song writing, great musicianship- enough said?
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This album is labeled as a Part One, so I'm assuming there will be a follow up album continuing the musical themes and trends established here on English Electric.
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Pretty and straightforward melodies accompanied by complex, lush arragement and great vocal harmonies.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Watson on September 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Can I suggest there's a certain correlation between prog rock giants, Yes and with Big Big Train in the fact that each album of the former got better and better, especially from Fragile to Close to the Edge, from Tales From Topographic Oceans to Relayer onto Going For The One during those heady, special days when prog ruled. Thirty-five years or so later and another UK prog band is following along the same path in the sense it has been recognised that each album gets better and better. This isn't a band that rests on its laurels, and so it is in 2012 they have released English Electric (Part One) to a very favourable and appreciative audience who have looked forward to this album with eager anticipation. No mean feat given expectections were high from a very demanding and knowledgeable bunch of progheads. And the beauty of their music reaches out not only to those who live and breath prog but also to mainstream ears looking for good, well structured songs who maybe wish to have their rock album collection enriched further.

If you haven't heard Big Big Train's music then you're in for a treat. The best way to describe their music is to maybe think about some of Genesis's earlier works recognised for their gentle arrangements creating moods of a romantic if not a better England with Victorian or Edwardian towns and rural villages over pastorale landscapes. Big Big Train have gone one step further and built a railway system over it. I even suspect they're Isambard Kingdom Brunel's long lost love child, but they do have their own style and sound as their previous catalogue demonstrates culminating in this new release of theirs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J. Birzer on September 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm 45, and I've been listening to prog for almost 40 years. I've been happily following the progress of Big Big Train for a while, and I'm firmly convinced that those who love the genre will look back 20 years from now and see English Electric as THE album of our time. It will be what Close to the Edge or Selling England by the Pound were for the 1970s, what Spirit of Eden and Skylarking were for the 1980s, and what Brave and Ok Computer were for the 1990s. And, this is high praise, as there are so many good prog bands making music today: Gazpacho, the Fierce and the Dead, Arjen Lucassen, Tin Spirits, Neal Morse, The Reasoning, and others. I couldn't give this a higher rating or I would. Long live the Train!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Jarnot on September 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am a recent fan of Big Big Train, after hearing "The Underfall Yard" for the first time earlier this summer. When I heard that they would be releasing back-to-back albums in the upcoming months, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to purchase them. I finally pre-ordered "English Electric (Part One)" directly from the band. The MP3s for the album were available on 9/1/2012, and I spent an afternoon listening, and re-listening to the album. All I can say is - it's one of the best albums that I have heard in the last 20 years, if not ever. The songwriting and musicianship are amazing, in particular on "Judas Unrepentant".

I can't wait for Part Two to be released in early 2013!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Daly on March 16, 2013
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Once upon a time, in a musical galaxy far, far away, there was a
movement afoot to shake up the rock music form. It was an exciting time
of experimentation, when it was desirable, even cool, to not try to
sound like everyone else. A time when going to London meant coming home
with bell bottomed loon pants, poofy shirts and velvet blazers. Of
musical exploration, sonic advances, long winded solos and lyrics
destined to implode from the weight of their own pretense. Yes, it was
an exciting time in rock, when English rich kid art school dropouts
groped towards a new sound, drawing heavily on classical, supernatural,
spaced out themes to create music their generation could do good drugs
by. For those who had outgrown their Beatle records and hadn't yet
become drug addled alcoholics, this music was a godsend, a Pandora's box
of imaginative, creative output that enthralled the rock music world
for a brief period in the early 70's. This boundary pushing, evolving
genre even had a high-minded dopey name attached to it - for lack of a
better term, they called it "Progressive Rock". But inevitably, like all
musical trends, the Progressive Rock era peaked, ultimately becoming a
victim of it's own excess, milked and cheesed up for all it was worth by
the business that grew around it like a giant hogweed until it was
thrown out on it's pompous ass by punk rock. This form exists to this
day, and while flying under the radar in the wasteland of today's pop
music, even the name "progressive rock" has been dumbed down for today's
attention span to "prog rock".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on December 21, 2012
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So, I don't feel compelled to write many reviews, especially not 5 star ones, but I really think this album deserved it.

Stumbled across BBT on a Prog Mag sample disc, and found myself just playing Judas Unrepentant over and over again, so bought the CD. It did not disappoint. Favorites include The First Rebreather and A Boy In Darkness.

As a long time prog fan (Genesis, Yes, ELP... Porcupine Tree, IQ) this album appeals for the depth of complexity and feeling in the compositions, the excellent musicianship, the broad use of brass and string instruments, and the excellent production values. If you like those bands, long song formats, something other than guitars and bass, lyrics about something besides sex and drugs, and very moving songs, I think you will like this.

From the banjo and 'round' song format in Uncle Jack, to the jazzy, melancholy trumpet and trombone duet in Summoned By Bells, the exuberance of Judas Unrepentant, the sad and stirring strings in Boy In Darkness... Mellotron! Flute! Soaring vocal harmonies! Prog at its best!

Incidentally, after hearing this I bought the previous CD The Underfall Yard and it is also excellent. I look forward to Electric English Part II, and to further exploring BBT's back catalogue.
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