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English Electric: Full Power

Big Big Train
23 Sept. 2013 | Format: MP3

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30
1
4:22
30
2
8:31
30
3
3:49
30
4
6:20
30
5
7:37
30
6
1:26
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7
9:16
30
8
5:39
30
9
8:03
30
10
8:54
Disc 2
30
1
7:17
30
2
7:30
30
3
7:17
30
4
5:32
30
5
3:54
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6
6:59
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7
8:16
30
8
15:44
30
9
8:45
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Sept. 2013
  • Release Date: 23 Sept. 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: English Electric Recordings
  • Copyright: 2013 Big Big Train
  • Total Length: 2:15:11
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00EP90GVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,254 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Robertson on 9 Oct. 2013
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Received this via Amazon from Big Big Train headquarters and it arrived within 48 hours. It was a big package and it bounced off the 'Welcome' mat with a low thud. Most Cds I receive, I skim the contents within a few minutes, but 'Full Power' is a labour of love and they really have gone to town. There are notes in here about everybody and everything. The producer has 2 pages. Each song merits at least 2 pages with explanations and photographs. I sat in my little room for most of the morning listening to each tune and digesting the inspiration, it reminded me very much of a long soak in the bath.

Each song is understood and becomes an experience. There is a common linked piece of piano music that gives the 2 hours a kind of flow. 'They are trying to sound like early Genesis,' I mentioned to several friends but none of us could actually pinpoint an actual steal. I can definitely hear the end theme from 'Stagnation' at one point in CD1 but it's the arrangements that points towards the early 1970s.

If you love 'Selling England' or 'The lamb...' then this is that idea transformed into the year 2013. I can't stop playing the CDs. Must have listened to them five times now. The last song, 'Curator of Butterflies' is the most moving experience of my 2013 life.

Favourite songs are 'A boy in darkness', 'Worked Out' and 'East Coast Racer' but 'Curator of Butterflies' is as elegant as a swan.

I may have to get the train down to Winchester and hang around the High Street for a few days. There definitely is no inspiration where I am at the moment in Grimsby!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2013
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I gave the two volumes of English Electric issued in 2012 and 2013 five stars, so it will hardly surprise anyone that I give the "complete" English Electric five stars as well. For new listeners trying to sort out what is what, though, Full Power has everything from the first two volumes plus an additional four songs. The running order has been rearranged to take advantage of the new material and, so the band hopes, give a more coherent listening experience.

Coming to the new material first, "Make Some Noise" (now the curtain-raiser for the entire double album) is a boisterous, energetic track unlike anything else on the album. "Seen Better Days" is very much more in line with the characteristic BBT style and segues via a short piano instrumental ("Edgelands") into the previously-issued track "Summoned By Bells". Overall, that three-track sequence works well and provides an effective centrepiece to the first disc. The final new track, "The Lovers", begins as a ballad but abruptly changes up into an upbeat instrumental section with a distinctly "East Coast Racer" vibe. If all you are interested in is the new tracks, they are all included on the separate Make Some Noise e.p.

The packaging for Full Power is a notable step up from the very satisfactory packaging that was issued with volumes 1 & 2. It's now a sturdy digibook (similar to the packaging used for the Porcupine Tree reissues) and, bound into its spine, there is a very full booklet including lyrics, song notes and generous biographical notes on, seemingly, everyone involved. The booklet is illustrated throughout in colour. The result is almost a "legacy edition" presentation of one of the best albums of the last few years.

Anyone coming to Full Power in its current form has an immense amount of music to navigate: the sheer ambition and 'mass' of the album is intimidating. It is nevertheless a wonderful example of prog at its least bombastic and most craftsmanlike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Giannotta on 20 Nov. 2013
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Big Big Train slapped together "English Electric Part 1" (september 2012) and "English Electric Part 2" (march 2013) with four more songs and sold the package as "English Electric: Full Steam" (september 2013). In fact, they did that and added a comprehensive booklet with lyrics, pictures and interesting information on each piece of music of the album(s) and on the musicians who helped Big Big Trains to accomplish the feat of delivering nineteen songs delightfully composed and crafted with expertise -- a sensible move which goes beyond bare marketing.

At moments (many moments actually) the music resembles amazingly closely the «classic» Genesis quintet's style (Gabriel-Banks-Collins-Hackett-Rutherford), but the best episodes sport the peculiar Big Big Train style, like in "East Coast Racer", a personal favourite of mine, written by Greg Spawton, whose songs I generally prefer on those composed by David Longdon, by the way.

One thing I don't like is the choice of "Make Some Noise" as the incipit of the album: it's like offering first a beer can and then, a glass of fine wine (the second track is the vastly superior "The First Rebreather") -- or better a long row of these.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2013
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Big Big Train continue to impress and this majestic release displays a maturity and inventiveness reminiscent of early post-Gabriel Genesis. But there are also echoes of Stackridge, Jethro Tull, Greenslade and even early Spock's Beard here. This is quintessential English progressive rock that I had thought long gone, so it was a real pleasure to set aside just over two hours and listen to this throughout. This double disc set is a combination of two earlier albums with 4 new songs thrown in. But you wouldn't know it because it all hangs together so beautifully. The musicianship is very fine indeed and the arrangements are just perfect. Expansive, melodic, well-crafted songs, there were no jarring moments or areas of boredom - this is just a fantastic listen. Highly recommended - one of the best prog albums I've heard this year.
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