Wassail (EP)

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Wassail
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Released1 June 2015
StudioEnglish Electric Studios
Genre Progressive rock, new prog
Length25:16
Label English Electric
Producer David Longdon and Andy Poole
Big Big Train chronology
English Electric: Full Power
(2013)
Wassail
(2015)
Folklore
(2016)

Wassail is the third official studio EP by the English progressive rock band Big Big Train. It was released on 1 June 2015 by English Electric Recordings and Burning Shed. [1] [2] It contains three new songs and a live bonus track that originally appeared on The Underfall Yard . The title track also appears on the band's next full-length studio album, Folklore , released the following year, while the other two new songs are included only on the double-LP vinyl release of that album.

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, not 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 eleven studio albums and three EPs.

<i>The Underfall Yard</i> 2009 studio album by Big Big Train

The Underfall Yard is the sixth studio album by the English progressive rock band Big Big Train, and their first to feature vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David Longdon. It was released on 15 December 2009, by English Electric Recordings.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Wassail" (Longdon) - 6:48
  2. "Lost Rivers of London" (Spawton) - 6:02
  3. "Mudlarks" (Spawton) - 6:13
  4. "Master James of St George (Live at Real World)" (Spawton) - 6:14

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.

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