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The Underfall Yard

The Underfall Yard

15 Dec 2009
4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Dec. 2009
  • Release Date: 15 Dec. 2009
  • Label: English Electric Recordings
  • Copyright: 2009 Big Big Train
  • Total Length: 1:00:32
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  • ASIN: B0039S2QLG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,846 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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It seems like I've been waiting 35 years for this release. I've not listened to a "prog" album continuously for two weeks in a long time and having never heard of Big Big Train before it has me wanting to explore their back catalog. And although I can't imagine them having recorded anything this brilliant before, I can't wait to find out.

Take the compositional skills and musical ability found on "Selling England-Wind/Wuthering" and "Yes Album-Relayer", throw in a tad of maybe 71-72 KC and middle period GG, add some of the best bits from a few of the more contemporary "neo-prog" bands (perhaps Anglagard, Porcupine Tree and Spocks Beard[very few best bits found in that cupboard I must say]), add a vocalist that understands melody and does not sound like a clone of Steve Walsh, James LeBrie or Sully Erna and for good measure throw in Dave Gregory (...makes me think I did not pay enough attention to XTC) and you've got "The Underfall Yard". At least in my 60 year old humble opinion. And I'm not some old pathetic geezer who only listens to Jimmy Buffet and thinks everything released by the Stones since "Exiles" is just wonderful either. I like to be challenged by music and these guys do just that.

This is one of a handful of recordings that I'll listen to until I drop, or at least until full-time senile dementia takes hold and I can't remember where I put my 2,000+ cd collection. It belongs in any proper music collection, not just the ones that belong to 56 year old shut-ins that have every "prog" recording released and still live in their mothers spare bedroom.

Dave Hoeltje
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OK, so I'm biased! I first discovered Big Big Train via their demo tape 'The Infant Hercules' back in the mists of the previous century. Since then I've bought and enjoyed their several offerings. Unlike most reviewers their last outing, 'The Difference Machine' just didn't do it for me personally - good, but not one to push all the right buttons. However, 'The Underfall Yard' is quite outstanding! It's one of those albums that just gets better and better with each listen.

Greg Spawton and Andy Poole are joined by new vocalist, Dave Longdon who, I must say, does a brilliant job, adding flute as well to give that extra dimension (and a warm feeling for those who still love Genesis!). Nick D'Virgilio (of Spock's Beard fame) takes the drum stool and, of course, does a terrific job. On the contributing musician front BBT have some great contacts to call on, something which gives this album something special: Francis Dunnery (ex. It Bites), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) and Dave Gregory (XTC) all add their own personal talents.

I won't bore you by breaking the CD down track by track but put it into the CD slot, press 'PLAY', sit back and enjoy and .... the amazing thing is it just gets better and better as the album progresses. It opens strongly and, astonishingly, each track hits a new high! There isn't an ugly spot in it - just wonderful melody and harmony. You know, this is a very special album as it basically has everything I need, want, desire, embrace, worship, or simply love/like in terms of music; give it a chance to blossom and shine with all its colours and maybe, who knows, maybe you'll agree and put it up there in your Top 10. I can only entreat you to give it a chance.....
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This is just stunning, simply stunning. Give it 3 or 4 listens and you will be in, i have had this album a couple of weeks and cannot stop listening to it. Every listen gives you more. Essential purchase.
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I first got into BBT in 2004 with the brilliant 'Gathering Speed' and then preceded to obtain the back catalogue, in 2007 came IMHO the disappointing 'The Difference Machine', fast forward to december 2009 and what has to be one of my favorite release's of this year. Its a grower, but after a few plays its got you and just gets better and better.
If you had to say what BBT sounded like you'd always have to say 70's genesis ('last train' a fine example) and yet still retaining there own distinctive sound, which on this album has become a highly polished affair, everything works, vocals, guitar work ('victorian brickwork' steve Howe would be proud!!) Flute, and i'd never thought i would say it, but even the brass works!! The album is worth the 8 quid alone for the outstanding 23min 'the underfall yard' title track, and what a 23mins!
I listen to alot of music and am forever seaching for that next great album, and would like to think at 45 i had acquired an ear for a good one when i hear it, so if you appreciate well crafted music, played by talented musicians then hit that buy button and help not only support this band but get them some deserved recognition.
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I'm a 59 year old - Old musical cynic - fascist almost if you will - I have a discerning taste from Rock - to Classical - to Prog Rock and have I thought Id heard it all from VGG to King Crimson Genesis to Yes and a Million bands in-between - BUT BBT and particularly This CD have utterly blown me away - and like a number of others I'm incensed that anyone that appreciates wonderful music could give this CD 1 or 2 Star - I'm utterly Infuriated and incredulous. Ridiculous this CD is fabulous by any definition - musicians and song writers at the very top of their game. The lyrics are superb the singing spectacular and the musician sublime – Nick Vs drumming rarely better and that’s going some. One of the 1 star reviews compares the music to Rick Wakeman – utterly ludicrous – it’s nothing like RW CDs any of them and I have them all. Please buy it try it and gie it a chance and a few listens – you’re in for a real treat. Cant remember when Ive heard a better song that track 3 utterly incredible. – Id give this 6 stars up there with Selling England and Close to the Edge and Red if I could.
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