Big Big Train - Gathering Speed

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

This review is excerpted from Clayton's July 5, 2004 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

Complex Yes-like stuff here, with sudden shifts from the serene to the energetic and back again. Vocalist Sean Pilkine belts the lines out like a cross between Chris Squire and Jon Anderson. Expect layers and layers of gorgeous Yes-like harmonies. The music, while solidly in the classic Yes/Genesis vein, often takes a more modern approach. Think equal parts Porcupine Tree, Yes, and Genesis, and you'll be in the right neighborhood. The recording can be a little harsh at times, but is generally fine. The packaging is professionally manufactured, although the artwork looks a little amateurish. Excellent songwriting brings this CD into competition with modern artists such as Spock?s Beard and The Flower Kings. Definitely a band to keep an eye on!

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: July 5th 2004
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum
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Language: english


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