Big Big Train - Gathering Speed

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Treefrog Records
Catalog Number: tfcd002
Format: CD
Total Time: 55:38:00

Here it is, a new record by Big Big Train. This English band represents a continuous trip from 70s progressive rock, and this fact means that they haven't such originality that lets us appreciate this album a lot. It is well performed, no doubt about it, but they remind me of Genesis too much. Even the voice of the singer is so near to Phil Collins' that you could have problems distinguishing them if you didn't know beforehand who it was that was singing.

The plot is based on a story of a pilot downed with his plane during the second World War. For the rest, the music is catchy, but without any particular thing that may appeal a lot.

High Tide, Last Stand (7:06) / Fighter Command (10:44) / The Road Much Further On (8:39) / Sky Flying On Fire (6:04) / Pell Mell (6:36) / Powder Monkey (9:08) / Gathering Speed (7:23)

Steve Hughes - drums and percussion
Andy Poole - bass, recording
Ian Cooper ? keyboards
Greg Spawton - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Sean Filkins - vocals and blues harp

From The River To The Sea (demos on self-released CD) (1992)
The Infant Hercules (demo cass) (1993)
Goodbye To The Age Of Steam (1994)
English Boy Wonders (1997)
Bard (2002)
Gathering Speed (2004/2009)
The Difference Machine (2007/2010)
English Boy Wonders (remade/remastered) (2008)
The Underfall Yard (2009/2011)
Goodbye To The Age Of Steam (remastered/expanded) (2011)
English Electric, Part One (2012)
English Electric, Part Two (2013)
Folklore (2016)
Grimspond (2017)
The Second Brightest Star (2017)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: April 18th 2004
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
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Language: english


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