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Jon M

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Big Big Train
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:10:24 AM »
Any views on this prog outfit?
I started listening a couple of years ago when Dave Gregory, guitarist of XTC, joined and i was impressed but then it is the only modern prog that I listen to..   

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Re: Big Big Train
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 08:00:17 PM »
An outstanding band.  I got into them via the Gregory connection and have since bought all the back catalogue.  No musical histrionics, but great songs played superbly.
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Re: Big Big Train
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 10:51:22 AM »
I agree with Allan that BBT are instrumentally top notch. They're a great band at the 'folk' end of the prog' spectrum. Would love to see them live but frustratingly live shows seem to be few and far apart - and all too often in London! My only gripe - and admittedly this is a very personal and subjective thing - is that I find the lyrics and delivery of them all just a bit too earnest. All that lamenting of our industrial heritage and times when honest folk grafted long hours building ships and railways etc., is all very well...but quickly gets irritating I find. Shame this is the only prog' you're listening to Jon. There's tons of brilliant stuff out there. Suggest you try Lifesigns - probably a logical progression from BBT!

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Re: Big Big Train
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 11:22:52 PM »
i take your point about honest toil and the poor quality of the lyrics, earnest nursery rhymes, so i listen to the music and wait for the moment when Dave G comes in. as for modern prog i shall give Lifesigns a go, thanks for the recommendation.

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Re: Big Big Train
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 10:26:05 AM »
My views are similar to Allan and Oakers, technically and musically good, lyrically a little too self-satisfied. Worth a listen, but I lament the absence of a decent groove, even if it is in 13/8.
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