Category: BIG BIG TRAIN

BIG BIG TRAIN – Common Ground (2021)

Common Ground” is the much anticipated 2021 new studio release from British wonderful prog collective BIG BIG TRAIN. In addition to BBT songwriters and core members David Longdon (lead vocals), Gregory Spawton (bass), Rikard Sjöblom (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Nick D’Virgilio (drums, vocals), the album also features Carly Bryant (keyboards, vocals) and Dave Foster (guitars) plus a guest appearance from violinist Aidan O’Rourke of Scottish Folk pioneers Lau.
The album was recorded during 2020 at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios as well as in other studios in the UK, the USA and Sweden, and among the nine pieces include the beautiful title track – and first single – ‘Common Ground’, the dazzling instrumental ‘Apollo’, the zeitgeist capturing ‘The Strangest Times’, and the stunning epic ‘Atlantic Cable’.
These musicians are the standard bearers of new UK prog… Big Big Train channel the prog ambitions of 50 years ago but mix in enough of themselves to create work that sounds vivid and fresh. Melodic inspiration and careful design that sets their music apart…

BIG BIG TRAIN – The Second Brightest Star (2017)

BIG BIG TRAIN – The Second Brightest Star (2017)

Classic Prog collective BIG BIG TRAIN have made the surprise announcement that they’ll release a brand new album soon. They launched their 10th record Grimspound (featured here) at the end of April this year to great critical acclaim – and they’ve wasted no time in setting up its follow-up, “The Second Brightest Star“, available at the band’s merch site and...

BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound (2017)

BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound (2017)

Perhaps the most ‘traditional’ act in the current Progressive Rock scene, BIG BIG TRAIN are releasing a new album titled “Grimspound” next Friday. And they maintain the truest celebration of the classic Prog sounds established by groups like Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull, and Genesis, and with no apologies.But their approach is authentic, and not derivative in any way. It is...

BIG BIG TRAIN – Folklore (2016)

BIG BIG TRAIN – Folklore (2016)

British Prog favorites BIG BIG TRAIN are about to release their eagerly anticipated new full album “Folklore” on 27 May 2016. Recorded at English Electric Studios and mixed and mastered at Aubitt Studios by Rob Aubrey, it is the first studio album to feature Rachel Hall and Beardfish’s lead vocalist Rikard Sjöblom as official members. Big Big Train’s unique take...

BIG BIG TRAIN – Wassail (2015)

BIG BIG TRAIN – Wassail (2015)

* Since its foundation in 1990, BIG BIG TRAIN has become one of the finest UK progressive acts releasing great pieces of art. We were already delighted on this blog by their last CD English Electric featured here some time ago, and now the band returns with the delicious EP “Wassail“. Produced by Rob Aubery of IQ fame and featuring...

STEVE HUGHES – Tales Fom The Silent Ocean (2015)

* “Tales From The Silent Ocean” is the debut solo album from STEVE HUGHES. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, let me add that he has been the drummer in the excellent Prog combo Big Big Train between 1991 and 2007, spent four years touring and recording with The Enid (1994-1998), was stand-in drummer for Kino in 2004, and...

BIG BIG TRAIN – English Electric [Part One] (2012)

* BIG BIG TRAIN was formed in 1990 by Andy Poole and Greg Spawton, initially influenced by Prog acts as Steve Hackett and It Bites. It’s a sign of the growing importance of Big Big Train that both original members have been able to convince some major figures such as Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard) and Dave Gregory (XTC) to join...