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BIG BIG TRAIN is a progressive rock band based in Bournemouth, England. The band currently consists of founder members Andy Poole and Gregory Spawton, vocalist David Longdon, Nick D’Virgilio (drums) and Dave Gregory (guitars).

Big Big Train have released six albums including the critically acclaimed The Underfall Yard.

Big Big Train was formed in 1990. A demo cassette tape of the band’s first songs, recorded on 8-track, was released in October 1991 and was followed by a handful of live performances. The demo tape ‘From the River to the Sea’ was re-recorded and released as a self-financed CD in May 1992, following which BBT played some higher profile gigs in England.

In January 1993, a second demo tape, ‘The Infant Hercules’ was released and the band then spent the next six months writing the music for its first proper album, ‘Goodbye to the Age of Steam’. This was recorded in a two week period in July 1993. Soon afterwards, BBT signed to the progressive rock label GEP, where they found themselves as label mates of IQ.

‘Goodbye to the Age of Steam’ was a big leap forward for the band, both in terms of songwriting and recording quality. The response to the album was very positive, culminating in a licencing deal in Japan where the CD was re-released in 1995, with a bonus track.

In the meantime, Ian Cooper had left the band (for family rather than musical reasons) and live performances were put on hold while a replacement was sought and a new album written.


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  • Sanity_Theorist

    One of few prog bands that manages to be fun without being absolutely ridiculous, refreshing to hear just simple fun set to prog rock.

    26 May 10:00pm Reply
  • gonzaloPV

    A boy in darkness. Just discovered it. Such fantastic song with amazing instrumentation in a great album. Looking forward to listening to their following album!

    20 Mar 10:33pm Reply
  • ManOfMuchMetal

    The magnificent 'English Electric Part 2' found a spot in my Top 4 of my 'Album of the Year 2013' list. Find out why here:

    19 Jan 4:05pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    underfall yard is still the best thing these guys have released

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • UpTheIrons06

    Just bought English Electric: Full Power. Great albums!

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ElectricRouge

    Wow! just brillant

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Slamacques

    It's a shame for the poor forger that Judas Unrepentant wasn't written just after he'd done it. He would surely have been exonerated for inspiring that song.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Adityakashi

    "They sure love the word "hedgerow," don't they?" Yeah, seriously!

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Travis_J

    They sure love the word "hedgerow," don't they?

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Adityakashi

    Why did Andy Poole stop playing bass? Hardly any bass credits to him in both parts of English Electric, as opposed to The Difference Machine and The Underfall Yard. I like Greg Spawton's bass-playing as well, but it just isn't the same.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • onthewall2983

    Instant love for this band. It feels like everything progressive rock was, is and should always be.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ManOfMuchMetal

    My review of English Electric Part 1:

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • postmanvosha

    Very good album ! 8/10

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • travelbore

    Thank you Big Big Train - just, thanks!

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sylleryum

    the two english electric records are masterpieces of modern prog [2]

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Gapkilla

    Man...East Coast Racer is Epic as fuuhhh

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Prog_Machine

    weird......I don't like English Electric, Part 1, but I love the second part

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • phili321

    the two english electric records are masterpieces of modern prog

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • GoldRogue

    Probably the most underrated band in prog scene.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • empty_words

    Haven't heard anything besides the last album. And it is topclass. Beauty!

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
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