The Big Express

Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
14 tracks
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1 Wake Up (2001 - Remaster) 4:40 55
2 All You Pretty Girls (2001 - Remaster) 3:40 49
3 Shake You Donkey Up (2001 - Remaster) 4:19 38
4 Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her (2001 - Remaster) 3:50 47
5 This World Over (2001 - Remaster) 5:37 45
6 The Everyday Story Of Smalltown (2001 - Remaster) 3:53 41
7 I Bought Myself A Liarbird (2001 - Remaster) 2:49 35
8 Reign Of Blows (2001 - Remaster) 3:27 31
9 You're The Wish You Are I Had (2001 - Remaster) 3:17 29
10 I Remember The Sun (2001 - Remaster) 3:10 32
11 Train Running Low On Soul Coal (2001 - Remaster) 5:19 33
12 Red Brick Dream (2001 - Remaster) 2:03 23
13 Wash Away (2001 - Remaster) 3:01 27
14 Blue Overall (2001 - Remaster) 4:33 20

About this album

XTC’s seventh album, First album without Terry Chambers on drums. Originally released in 1984, Andy Partridge describes this album as “A loco derailing itself in the rusty goods yard. An altogether more industrial affair. Slashing electric guitars, sheets of steel bass and diesel oil drums. An iron opera, steam powered and brick encased.”

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  • MamaLuigi

    there's something unsettling about this album. it's good but sounds kinda [creepy] compared to the other albums.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • dwlx

    Funny how the critics panned this album; all XTC albums have their quirks. This one's up there with their best..

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    InMyShoes: fuck are you talking about with XTC giving up rock? I myself like this album, but I have to recognise it's below Skylarking in the grand scheme of things. Also, there wasn't a drummer here. Drum machines all the way far as I remember...

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • crayolathief

    I love this album. "Seagulls Screaming" pried open my ears to a whole new way of designing songs. Like opening a giant box of crayons for Christmas when all you've had up until then was a handful of dirty broken ones. It made me realize that music is in fact architecture. And that you can dance to it.

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • InMyShoes

    This is indeed a superb. The last real rock-album by XTC. I have this as vinyl album - and it somehow irritates me, that the record companies are adding new tunes to the albums when releasing the CD's - because that's not how the band designed the album! Blue Overall was the single B-side to Wake Up (really brilliant track anyway), Wash Away was the B-side of All of You Pretty Girls and Red Brick Dream was on the B-side of the 12" version - none of them were on the album. Byt the way... the Wake Up single came in a special cover with ten greeting-cards from capitals all over the world - all of them with the same picture of a bombed city. The cards were attached to the cover - and when you unfolded them, behind them you found the "Push"-button for the nuclear attack/diasaster. Oh, such a clever band - among the very best. How I miss them. And where did that drummer disappear? Such a hardhitting fellow - he really suited Partridge/Moulding. What a shame they gave up rock...

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
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  • Sosen

    F yeah.

    7 Aug 2008 Reply

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