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Big Big Train have released eight albums including the critically acclaimed CD's English Electric Part One(2012), English Electric Part Two (2013) and The Underfall Yard (2009). An extended length EP, Far Skies Deep Time, was also released in 2010.

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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gep Rec.
  • ASIN: B00006ZY8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By inkspot on 6 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Previously described as a grower - it certainly is. For a first album it is really unique, the influences are difficult to place - perhaps very early Genesis (Trespass). There are some beautiful sections and a lot of the songs are linked. The lyrics are brilliant and deal with a lot of political and emotional issues - it's prog but it's not typical. The guitar and keyboard work are brilliant!!

The band didn't make another albm quite like this - which is possibly a shame. A bit like the change in Genesis following Trespass.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gingerhammer on 13 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
After 9 plays I put this aside. A few weeks later, one last spin before I sell it on. Bingo! The penny drops and I have a classic on my hands. This material is subtle - prog-metal it is not! Considering this is their first release proper, the quality of material, production and arrangement is quite staggering, rather like the first Jadis album in that respect, even if the style is somewhat different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rikuc on 23 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As stated in other reviews, this is a real grower and well, well worth the staying power. I have now played it non-stop over 2 hour a day for nearly 3 weeks (on the way to work and back), the first 7/8 turns I was not sure at all, the music seemed clattered with too much emphasis on vocals that I was not sure I really liked the pitch of.

But then slowly the music becomes more recognisable, understandable and at that point falls together and in my mind this is a wonderful CD, full of light and shadow, lows and highs and actually quite mature considering the age of the group. The production is good too and has benefited from the re-mixing bringing this right up to age.

I listed to the English Elect part1 again yesterday, just as a comparison, and found it inferior to this, whilst the production may be better, and one can tell that BBT has matured as a group, the great musical ideas and imagination is sadly missing. In Goodbye to the Steam Age there may have been too many ideas which means it takes a bit of time to `understand' but these are the most rewarding albums of all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith S. Jenkins on 23 Sept. 2013
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I must admit, having read the previous reviews I was expecting to have to listen to this CD half a dozen times before I really got into, but that just wasn't the case. I liked it from the first listen, and after a couple of further sittings I came to the conclusion that I didn't like it because it was Big Big Train, but because it was, simply, good music.
The thing is, having listened to David Longdon on vocals for the past few albums, you can't get your head around someone who's vocals are the polar opposite to David's. Once you accept that fact then it's just a case of listening to a good prog rock album from some very talented musicians.
Someone has commented that it didn't have the depth etc. of Underfall or English Electric - well that's probably because it was written almost two decades ago, and with an almost totally different line up!
This does remind me of the Trespass era of Genesis, almost pastoral in it's simplicity at times, but equally complex at other times. The seeds are certainly there, and if you like that sort of music I'd highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Outastace on 16 Mar. 2014
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Having started listening to Big Big Train from The Underfall Yard onwards, I decided to visit the group's back catalogue and listen to albums that had been recorded in their early days. Goodbye To The Age Of Steam was one of them - a sprawling, ambitious, instrumentally colourful offering that weighs in at a tad under 80 minutes. This was going to be a long journey for any listener, not a short hop up the track. In the days of vinyl, of course, this would have been a double album and, like all double albums, there's a lot to digest. Perhaps too much, on reflection. What cannot be denied is the scope and vision of Big Big Train: It's a behemoth of an album that enchants and infuriates in turn as it swings between moods, cramming in short tracks and long instrumentals in its grooves (well, maybe not, as I was listening on CD, but you know what I mean). Compared to the group's previous offering, English Big Wonders, it is sharper and tighter and more confident but let down in part by Martin Read's vocals. He's not a bad singer; indeed, his voice can be sweet and appealing, but it seems to lack authority and presence. Don't get the idea that the vocals detract from the songs, they don't but if there is a weak link on Goodbye To The Age Of Steam it's the singing. However, all groups progress, at least all good groups should progress, and this album shows Big Big Train at a certain point in their development, one that fans would be advised to listen to as the Big Big TrIn story contains episodes from 20 years or so. And there is a lot to enjoy and to savour. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes Big Big Train and is fascinated by their history. You won't be disappointed.
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