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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
If you don't know Big Big Train and are a fan of prog (and if not, why are you here?!) you must acquire this 'EP'. This actually has 9 tracks on it with selections from 'English Electric' and is amazing value for money.

What about the music? Well, they might not thank me for saying it but, if you like the immediate post-Gabriel-era Genesis ('Trick of the Tail'/'Wind and Wuthering') then you'll soon be hoovering-up the whole Big Big Train catalogue. That's not to say they're copyists. Far from it. They have a very modern 'English' sound, massively-dynamic with huge melodies and harmonies. In the '90s singer David Longdon auditioned for Genesis but lost out to Ray Wilson. I like Wilson, but Longdon would have made an outstanding contribution to songwriting that would have assured a lot more late-Genesis material out there. What were they thinking?! Anyway, that's Genesis' loss, and Big Big Train's gain.

They are now way out front in the modern-prog stakes. Time to step off that platform and get on board!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
Sublime prog rock for anyone who likes Genesis or it Bites or Marillion, check out their back catalogue (Master James of St. George in particular)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
I got this as I already have EE1 and EE2. The title song is Big Big Train's stab at a hit single, but it's so much better than much chart music. It seems to have everything - Tull-ish bits, Genesis bits.

As with Far Skies Deep Time, it is there to hook a new listener into the rest of the catalogue; Uncle Jack was always big with this listener and it brings forth thoughts of days full of sunshine and gardens and butterflies. Curator of Butterflies does this too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
There is a short section between 2' 24" and 3' 16" on the title track which, if I could, I would skip. The band go into some terrible, predictable boogie-woogie 12-bar stomp that undermines the rest of the song. Apart from this, it's more or less flawless.
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on 2 October 2014
Outstanding album, buyers should purchase all Big Biog Train CD's directly from the bands own Amazon shopfront, these are cheaper and also support the band more effectively
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2013
I was rather disappointed with this even after the poor 2 EE releases, most of the tracks are repeats (or derivatives) of their poorer offerings on those 2 releases. I say this only as a long time BBT fan who has got all their back catalogue and seen the band grow and develop over many years. The peak (so far) was Underfall Yard, all release up to that point had improved and developed their soundscape, the 2 EE releases were a regression of a sort compared to the high standards they had set.

BBT seems now to be stuck in this Industrial English mid-Genesis trough and its all very easy for them. They now seem to lack a spark, adventure, progression.....

BUT, then they write a track like 'The Lovers' with the wonderful musical interlude and everything is forgiven. In fact, their imaginative instrumentals are the saving of this and both EE's, maybe we just need to accept this to compensate for the middle of the road stuff like Uncle Jack, Curator of Butterflies which are nice pleasant songs but not longer superior to their peers.
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