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English Electric Full Power

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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: English Electric Recordings
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Big Big Train have brought together the two English Electric CD's as a double album called English Electric: Full Power, featuring four new tracks and a 96 page booklet which tells the stories behind the songs on the album. Big Big Train won the Breakthrough award at the Progressive Music Awards in 2013. Praise for Big Big Train: 'the prog equivalent of the Olympics opening ceremony' Geoff Barton, Classic Rock magazine 'what we're dealing with here is an act of rare, often indescribable brilliance' Rich Wilson, Prog magazine

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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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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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Forget comparisons with the prog of old. These are usually not helpful anyway. This is not a copy of anyone, but using the ground that the prog giants of old have broken, BBT bring a fresh and original sound that is inventive, beautiful, complex and life affirming. The story telling is amazing and the use brass, vocal harmonies and strings fused with sublime electric guitar satisfyingly progressive keys is an experience that needs to be heard. This is an album to sit down and listen to, in its entirety if time allows. The bright "Make some noise" is a fun start to the album but "The First Rebreather" better sets the mood for 2 CDs of passion, power and reflection. When BBT start playing live again they will go down in history as a band that upped the bar for all other progressive rock bands, and I will be there cheering in the front row!
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Well I must fess up that I was rather late to the party and had cherry picked tracks for the last two albums off iTunes rather than buy them outright. This compendium of both albums plus four new tracks was the excuse I needed and I'm so glad they did this because this is the way these two albums should be heard as one piece.

I don't want to be melodramatic but at 47 years old and being a lover of the Beatles, prog rock and new wave I have finally found the ultimate album to sum up the music I love. It has everything you could want and more and I have to say as a musician I could hang up my bass and never play another note had I written this as it really is something I would not be able to contemplate following.

The packaging is beautiful and so much info on the thought behind the songs it is worth the purchase even if you have the albums already. The segueing is wonderful too, producing a seamless listen from start to finish if you can do it in one sitting which is quite a challenge but so was TLLDOB so been there before.

Fav tracks is difficult but my top 6 are East Coast Racer, Uncle Jack, Hedgerow, Swan Hunter, Keeper of Abbeys and First Rebreather. the only track I skip is Leopards as its just too MOR for me but that's the only blemish apart from not having East Coast Racer as the last track as to me that coda at the end is the highlight of the album and leaves me in tears its just so perfect and spine-tingling which like a day in the life just should not be followed even though Butterflies is a good finish.

have no idea how these guys will follow this although Make some noise is a great track and shows they haven't run out of ideas.
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