When we first posted this list of great Big Big Train songs, it was after the release of English Electric Pt.2, one of our favorite albums of 2013. The band have made significant strides in their popularity since the release of ‘Full Power’ and their ‘Wassail’ EP, and now are receiving the most attention of their career with their latest album ‘Folklore’. The album has received critical acclaim and a nod as Prog Album of the Year in the latest Prog Awards for 2016.
Originally formed in 1990 with guitarist/keyboardist Greg Spawton and bassist Andy Poole, it wasn’t until 2009 when former Spock’s Beard drummer Nick D’Virgilio and singer David Longdon came on board, that the band really started to sound like they do today. The band is now a full 8 members with Beardfish’s Rikard Sjöblom part of the group, as well.
We have updated our list of songs you need to know from this band.
The Underfall Yard (From the album The Underfall Yard)
As far as long epic tracks go, this one is up there with the best of them. It features a great opening riff and weaves through some killer instrumental parts before bringing it all together in the end. It is from the first album to feature David Longdon as lead singer.
Master of Time (From the EP Far Skies Deep Time)
This track is interesting because it is a cover of a Anthony Phillips B-side from one of his early solo albums. This version is very different and brilliantly executed.
The First Rebreather (from English Electric Pt.1)
The opening track of the English Electric collection also marks a new era for the group as it was the first album where David Longdon and Greg Spawton started writing together. The track has a very classic Genesis vibe and some similar keyboard tones as well.
East Coast Racer (From the album English Electric P.II)
This is the quintessential BBT song. It is the longest track in the English Electric collection, clocking in at 15 minutes and features everything the band does well. It kicks off as a rocker and evolves into a soaring emotional epic track at the end.
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