English Electric Part One

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English Electric Part One
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Studio album by
Released3 September 2012
Genre Progressive rock, new prog
Length58:50
Label English Electric / GEP
Big Big Train chronology
Far Skies Deep Time (EP)
(2010)
English Electric Part One
(2012)
English Electric Part Two
(2013)

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. [1] [2] [3]

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 English progressive rock band

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.

Contents

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The First Rebreather"Greg Spawton8:32
2."Uncle Jack" David Longdon 3:49
3."Winchester from St. Giles' Hill"Spawton7:16
4."Judas Unrepentant"Longdon7:18
5."Summoned By Bells"Spawton9:17
6."Upton Heath"Spawton, Longdon5:39
7."A Boy in Darkness"Longdon8:03
8."Hedgerow"Spawton, Longdon, Andy Poole8:52

Personnel

Nick DVirgilio American musician

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.

Dave Gregory (musician) British musician

David Charles Gregory is an English guitarist from Swindon, best known for his work with the rock band XTC. He was a member of the group between the albums Drums and Wires (1979) and Nonsuch (1992), contributing guitar, keyboards, and occasional string arrangements.

David Longdon is a British multi-instrumentalist and singer, who is most well known as the lead vocalist and co-songwriter of the progressive rock band Big Big Train. Besides singing, Longdon plays flute, keyboards, acoustic and electric 6 & 12 string guitars, bass, mandolin, lute, banjo, accordion, percussion, dulcimer, psaltry, vibraphone, theremin and also the glockenspiel.

Guest musicians

Andy Tillison is a British keyboardist and singer best known for his work in the progressive rock bands Parallel or 90 Degrees and The Tangent.

Martin Orford is an English keyboard player best known as the founder of progressive rock bands IQ and Jadis. He also worked with former King Crimson, U.K. and Asia bassist John Wetton, and has released two solo albums, Classical Music and Popular Songs (2000) and The Old Road (2008). Orford appeared on two Big Big Train albums, Goodbye To The Age of Steam and English Boy Wonders.

Cover

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." [4] 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. [5]

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References

  1. http://www.bigbigtrain.com/
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2012-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2012-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattsefton/896181849/in/set-72157600857786361
  5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattsefton/sets/72157600857786361/