|English Electric Part One|
|Studio album by|
|Released||3 September 2012|
|Genre||Progressive rock, new prog|
|Label||English Electric / GEP|
|Big Big Train chronology|
English Electric Part One is the seventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Big Big Train. It was released on 3 September 2012, by English Electric Recordings and GEP.
Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid- to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening rather than dancing.
Big Big Train are an English progressive rock band formed in Bournemouth in 1990. The current line-up consists of band founder Greg Spawton, along with Nick D'Virgilio (drums), Dave Gregory (guitars), Rachel Hall, David Longdon, Danny Manners, and Rikard Sjöblom. Robin Armstrong joins the group for live performances. Until 2009, the band were active as a predominantly-studio project led by Spawton and co-founder Andy Poole, who departed the band in 2018, with changing line-ups and guest musicians. They have released twelve studio albums and three EPs.
|1.||"The First Rebreather"||Greg Spawton||8:32|
|2.||"Uncle Jack"||David Longdon||3:49|
|3.||"Winchester from St. Giles' Hill"||Spawton||7:16|
|5.||"Summoned By Bells"||Spawton||9:17|
|6.||"Upton Heath"||Spawton, Longdon||5:39|
|7.||"A Boy in Darkness"||Longdon||8:03|
|8.||"Hedgerow"||Spawton, Longdon, Andy Poole||8:52|
Nicholas D'Virgilio often referred to as NDV, is an American drummer and multi-instrumentalist musician, best known as a member of the progressive rock band Spock's Beard. He was also one of two drummers chosen to replace Phil Collins in Genesis on the Calling All Stations album. He has also done session work with many artists including Tears for Fears and Mystery, and is an official member of Big Big Train.
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The photos on the cover and the booklet were made by Matt Sefton at Tanfield Railway, Co. Durham. Big Big Train saw a picture from him on Flickr, that Matt Sefton described: "English Electric: Side panel of a railway crane, Tanfield Railway sidings, County Durham. Great name for a band and an album cover - if it doesn't exist already, I'm claiming it!“ Gregory Spawton commented, "My band is working on an album called English Electric at the moment. We're prog / post rock. Great pictures, thanks for uploading them."So Matt Sefton and BBT had contact and sometimes later a dealing. The pictures in the booklet are from the flickr-album "Tanfield Railway, Co. Durham“ by Matt Sefton.
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Make Some Noise is the second official studio EP by the English progressive rock band Big Big Train. It was released on 23 September 2013 by English Electric Recordings and Burning Shed. It contains four new tracks from the compilation album English Electric: Full Power, plus a selection of tracks from English Electric Part One and English Electric Part Two, two of which are edited versions.
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