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Staircase To The Day Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000NDDUO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Starbright Starlight 4:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bring My Life On Back to Me 5:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Never Wanted You 4:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Staircase to the Day 7:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Going for a Quick One 5:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Last Day 5:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Evening of My Life 2:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Busted in Schenectady 8:11£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Gravy Train was a Lancashire based progressive rock outfit, noted for its top class musicianship and songwriting skills. This was the band's second release for the Dawn label and famed artist Roger Dean designed the original LP sleeve for the album, which proved to be the band's final album, and is now a much sought-after collectors' item. Original vinyl artwork in square CD digi- sleeve format (card wallet - no plastic) plus inserted fold-out poster. Four bonus track - featuring both A & B-sides of two rare singles! Booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes by respected author and journalist Chris Welch. Expertly remastered - superb sound.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Waldron on 12 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I originally bought this many years ago prompted by the Roger Dean cover (most of his stuff indicated progressive rock) and this is no exception.

Some great tracks on this, with some holding up better after time than others. Great gritty lead vocals, again sometimes not fitting quite as well on some tracks as others, but still good.

They could never really compete when progressive rock legends such as Yes were taking the limelight, but its a good album to have for someone interested to hear the other up and coming sounds from around that time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By woodend evan on 28 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This was the fourth and last Gravy Train album. In my opinion it is the best, with no weak points and is well produced, following on from the ordinary third album, Second Birth. Staircase to the Day features a number of great tracks, beginning with the lively Starbright, Starlight and ending with the driving guitar of Busted in Schenechlady. Generally speaking I liked the second half of the album best, with other great tracks being Going For A Quick One and The Last Day. Gravy Train made some great music and has established a growing but loyal following. This album is a great way to get acquainted with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Roberts on 4 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it first appeared on the shelves - the lad behind the counter in the shop was playing 'Starbbright Starlight' and I loved it - I sadly gave that original LP away and to this day deeply regret that. I have a CD now which I play regularly, but I miss that LP. It may not have been the most polished of rock albums, but what that band could have been based on the quality of these first srecordings. Fabulous music with some very memorable times from my youth. What more can you ask.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
you find the darndest things in back alleys... 19 Jun 2000
By Walter in Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like many before me, I suspect, I stumbled on the existence of this band because the great artist Roger Dean drew one of their album covers and included it in his first compendium "Views." The rule of thumb has proven to be about 95% accurate so far--Dean cover=good music.

This album is by far the best thing that Gravy Train put out. Interesting instrumentation, strong lead vocals, lyrics that don't violate the Trite-O-Meter--all are made to serve the needs of the songs, which are well-conceived. This album has that early 70s British feel common to rock bands that were (at the time) reaching out for something new and were given the freedom by the record companies to see where the pursuit led. Compared to their earlier releases, Gravy Train was really over-acheiving on this album. Their previous recordings suffered from spotty musicianship (especially the wind instrument playing, which is unlistenable on those efforts!), and the songs did not really work. Staircase to the Day functions as a tribute to the synergistic power of the collective band mind when it all comes together, if only for a short time, in the studio. Don't bother with their other recordings, but don't let them scare you off of a real diamond in the rough. Listen to the heartfelt vocals and arrangement of "Bring My Life On Back To Me", and the rocking wah-guitar on the closing jam "Busted...", and experience that good feeling you get when you take a chance on a recording and are immediately rewarded.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Their most accomplished work 21 Jan 2001
By alan parkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I live in the home town of this band and saw them live five times at the time of their album releases, and knew a couple of the members casually. By far the best concert was upon the release of this album which opened with a LOUD Starbright,Starlight as does the album. I go to concerts regularly and Gravy Train ranks up there as one of the best (without lasers and fancy lights). Staircase to the Day is a more polished and professional product than their earlier albums which could have and should have been taken further. They explore different styles, from the all out rockin' jam of "Busted in..", to more peaceful ballads (Ballad of a Peaceful Man being an earlier album) like Bring My Life On Back To Me. This track is not about a nuclear war but about the troubles in Northern Ireland and has a similar chord structure to the intro of Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd only with considerably more feeling. Norman Barrett holds everything together with his highly emotive guitar work and powerful vocals, and this, along with the keyboards which replaced the flute and sax of the other albums, makes Staircase.. a showpiece for one of rock's smaller gems.
Phenominal BAND..... 26 Feb 2014
By jacque - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
1970, 71, 72, etc.... from europe and the areas in those Countries brought the World Some of the Finest Talented Musicians. Gravy Train is One of those bands that are Extremely Talented and Speechless to Express much of anything but Amazement. Lyrically, Instrumentally Skilled Human Beings. Unfortunate Only 3 albums In which I Now Own all 3. I have never heard of till Youtube/Internet.Couple Years ago. me at 52 Music NUT. love these types of Masterpieces... If anyone Appreciated True Musicianship... This and the other 2 . Play them LOUD. no Interuptions.[ Phone, Talkers, Etc]... RELAX.... other bands I appreviate . to name a few... Black Widow 1970 / Bakerloo / Armageddon 1970< [1 album band] / Thundermother / Fuzzy Duck /T-2 /Yesterdays Children / Human Instinct / May Blitz /.... ENJOY.... Jacques L. MN, USA
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best from Lancashire 25 Oct 2001
By David Horban - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was the last one recorded. In my view it is not the best. The previous ones are far better. But nothing is like the real thing. If you ever saw them or spent time with them as I did, you would understand. Norm, Les, and George, put together a song in a dingy hotel room in London (in about 5 minutes)called 'Mrs.K.Linker' I still remember it to this day. It was never recorded but as you can imagine from the title, it was a bit dirty. Good fun though.
Could anyone tell me if Gravy Train are still together? I lost touch with them in 1974 when I left UK but now I have returned and would like to contact them or at least get to know where they are playing next.
Please email me with any news. dave@bfg-online.com
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