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Folklore
Folklore
Price: £12.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an album!, 27 May 2016
This review is from: Folklore (Audio CD)
Crikey, I would say that this album is anything but ordinary. There's not a track on it that doesn't seem to have been crafted with consummate care, skill, art, and a sheer love of music-making and storytelling. Each track is a gem. The lyrics are wonderfully rich and complex, and delivered with wonderful depth and modulation by David Longdon. The production is so multilayered that I am still finding new things to delight me after five or six playings this week.The addition of Rikard and Rachel on additional guitars, violin and vocals has added a further dimension to an already extraordinarily tight and fluid band. Narrative songwriting has always been a BBT strength, and here again there are songs that carry you completely to another place and time, evoking rich emotions, and leaving you completely captivated. If someone had told me ten days ago that I would be reduced to unmanly tears by a song about a heroic carrier-pigeon I would have punched them in the ear. And I still will - that didn't happen, ok. (You're a cruel man, Greg Spawton, please don't do this again).So, all in all this album is a step further forward after the glories of EE parts I and II, and should be a must for all fans of narrative driven, complex rock music.


Big Big Train - Stone and Steel [Blu-ray]
Big Big Train - Stone and Steel [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Big Big Train
Price: £23.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic document of a recording session and then the live ..., 23 Mar. 2016
This is a fantastic document of a recording session and then the live concerts that saw Big Big Train emerge as a fully fledged 8 piece performing band (with added brass ensemble) in the summer of 2015. Its a wonderfully warm record of the human relationships between the band members, and (if you want to just watch the songs themselves) some beautifully shot and crisply recorded versions of some of their strongest songs, from extended prog epics ('Kingmaker', 'The Underfall Yard', 'East Coast Racer') to shorter folkish-inflected pieces like 'Uncle Jack' and the recent 'single' (sort of) 'Wassail' (itself a teaser for the forthcoming album 'Folklore' due in May).
BBT are really a very special band, and a special group of individuals, respectful and reflective of the best of progressive rock traditions but also innovative in their approaches and meticulously attentive to the quality of everything they record and distribute. 'Stone and Steel' reflects those qualities wonderfully. If you like complex, multi-form music that explores the rich heritage of British social and industrial history while remaining absolutely contemporary in its sound and feel, then give this a try. You won't regret it.


Songs From The Wood
Songs From The Wood
Price: £5.74

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Songs' Remastered, 10 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Songs From The Wood (Audio CD)
This is the latest release in the ongoing remastering of the whole Tull back catalogue. As well as the original tracks from the 1977 album, this disk comes with two bonus tracks, the studio track 'Beltane', originally planned as a b-side to 'The Whistler' single, but shelved at the last moment, and only finally released on the '20 Years of Jethro Tull' boxed set and a live version of 'Velvet Green', culled from the legendary 1977 BBC 'sight and Sound in Concert' recording, and similarly released in the '20 years' set. This was the album that won me over as a life-long Tull fan, and is regularly cited among their favourites by long-time followers of the band and prog-afficionados alike. A complex blend of electric rock, accoustic folk-driven material, and rich keyboard and percussive orchestration, it benefits more than most albums from the greater depth and texture brought out by the remastering process. The album is a must for all collections, and it's definitely worth upgrading to this version from the original CD version if you've got the cash.


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