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2009 album from the British Alt-Prog Rock band, their sixth album overall but first to feature new vocalist David Longdon. The album features powerful guest performances from Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Jem Godfrey (Frost) and Dave Gregory (XTC). The Underfall Yard is a collection of songs which tell stories, some old and some new. The listener will travel through the tunnels made by the great Victorian engineers in England's chalk hills, will hear the mournful laments of coastal villages lost to the sea on storm-filled nights, will meet the grand architect of castles, and hear the tale of the man who saved a great cathedral from collapse by diving under it's flooded foundations.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B002ZIABE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Dahl on March 17, 2010
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The music of Big Big Train continues to improve. The Underfall Yard represents a refinement and maturity for the band. This disc showcases everything that makes classic prog rock great; long compositions, complex rhythms, excellent musicianship, recurring musical themes and thoughtful multi-layered lyrics.

It is easy to identify musical influences like early Genesis, Traffic, Yes and perhaps the historical narratives of Al Stewart. This disc is not a rehash of 70's prog but a continuation and exploration of the form without 'metal' influence prevalent in neo-prog.

While I don't think there is a bad track on the disc, for me the highlights of the are Victorian Brickwork, Winchester Diver and the 23 minute title track The Underfall Yard.

The tight harmonies, compelling lyrics, driving rhythms and deft use of a very English brass section make for a collection that is interesting and enjoyable to listen to.
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It seems like I've been waiting 35 years for this release. I've not listened to a "prog" album continuously for two weeks in a long time and having never heard of Big Big Train before it has me wanting to explore their back catalog. And although I can't imagine them having recorded anything this brilliant before, I can't wait to find out.

Take the compositional skills and musical ability found on "Selling England-Wind/Wuthering" and "Yes Album-Relayer", throw in a tad of maybe 71-72 KC and middle period GG, add some of the best bits from a few of the more contemporary "neo-prog" bands (perhaps Anglagard, Porcupine Tree and Spocks Beard[very few best bits found in that cupboard I must say]), add a vocalist that does not sound like a clone of Steve Walsh, James LeBrie or Sully Erna and for good measure throw in Dave Gregory (...makes me think I did not pay enough attention to XTC) and you've got "The Underfall Yard". At least in my 60 year old humble opinion. And I'm not some old pathetic geezer who only listens to Jimmy Buffet and thinks everything released by the Stones since "Exiles" is just wonderful either. I like to be challenged by music and these guys do just that.

This is one of a handful of recordings that I'll listen to until I drop, or at least until full-time senile dementia takes hold and I can't remember where I put my 2,000+ cd collection. It belongs in any proper music collection, not just the ones that belong to 56 year old shut-ins that have every "prog" recording released and still live in their mothers spare bedroom.

Dave Hoeltje
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I'm just getting (back) into prog over the last few years. So I can't speak in detail about the band history, evolution, etc. But what I can say is that this work is epic. I'm not one to pay much attention to lyrics. I prefer to "feel" music. Listening to this disc makes me "feel" like I've been transported to a sad but hopeful, misty, English hamlet. The brass section gives me chills. The flute and vocals are perfection. I agree with most others - Victorian Brickwork and The Underfall Yard are the obvious standouts. This is not background music. This is close your eyes and fly with it music.

While I'm a fan of most sub-genres of prog, this is a work of pure, core prog. It's a "picture in the dictionary" type of work. It's a landmark that will be listened to 30 years from now by hyper-intelligent college kids and old grey prog heads alike. Absolute must buy.
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This is more of the great prog I love from the intelligent and creative force, BBT. The music is understated and not likely to hold the attention of pop fans. The band is one of those "whole being greater than the sum of the parts" things. The music is mature and gives a great experience for those willing to sit and pay attention to it.
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I could not agree more with most of the reviews here. This album , and the whole Big Big Train discography , KILLS !
A truly unique , inspired prog band of utmost talent and stellar musicianship.The SOUND of their recordings match the talent.Great dynamic range with no "Brickwalling".
A GREAT recording that will keep you spellbound from :01 to the end.
Do yourself a favor and pick up all 6 available recordings as I did. You will be so happy you did !
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i've been listening to prog for maybe 40 years (i'm now 60+). i was reading a review of another band and a reviewer (who did not think much of the band he was reviewing) commented that if you wanted to hear great prog, give a listen to mystery, lifesigns, riverside (bands that i enjoy listening to very much) and big big train. never heard of them. gave a listen to some samples via amazon. now have 5 of their cd's, including this one. great band-tremendous harmonizing vocals, super musicianship. these guys rank right up there with the best prog bands i have ever heard. if by chance you're reading this and have never heard these guys, i'd highly recommend you give them listen. you'll be glad you did.
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Imagine if the Genesis line-up of '76 had remained intact and continued to make progressive style rock. Yes, the singer is very reminiscent of Phil Collins circa 1976, but there are no pop/Motown allusions here, just fully developed, lavishly produced and soulfully performed pop-prog. The songs don't follow traditional pop convention, but neither are they contrived, overtly dramatic epics, just masterfully written and developed songs.

Imagine if Mike & The Mechanics made a prog album with Paul Carrack as the singer and they borrowed Van Morrison's horn section...you get the picture. No neo-prog here, just good old fashioned lush song craft with no time constraints.
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