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« Thread started on: Oct 6th, 2017, 03:57am »

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TB, Nick Davis and some of BBT, Cadogan Hall last weekend
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 6th, 2017, 10:58am »

So cool!

I know it's not him but the guy standing second from the right (sorry, I can't recall his name) looks a bit like Phil, with the glasses and grizzled beard laugh
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm »

I had to look them up. Are they worth a listen?

Photos of Tony are so rare I will take what I can get, but he only seems to have two shirts! huh
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 06:38am »

on Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm, FeelItComing wrote:
I had to look them up. Are they worth a listen?

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Many devotees of Big Big Train, of which I am one, are also great fans of Genesis.

There are certain elements in their music which may touch a chord with fans of Trespass-to-W&W-era Genesis, but they are by no means a mimic of Genesis music. They have very much an identity of their own.

There are however some direct connections.
The drummer Nick DíVirgilio played on CAS and the singer David Longdon was shortlisted to replace Phil Collins, but the band chose Ray Wilson.

Naturally, BBT fans think Genesis made the wrong choice but in the long run I think Longdon is better off without the burden of expectations that come with being the former lead singer of a major band (ie people going to a BBT concert with hopes of hearing songs from the last Genesis album).

Are they worth checking out?
I can only speak for myself.
The first album I heard of theirs was English Electric Part 1. The result was an overpowering sense of giddy enthusiasm that spurred me to read up on their history and start working my way through their backcatalogue.
I recall thinking to myself at the time, I haven't been this excited about a new musical discovery since I first heard Genesis.

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 08:44am »

Oh, BBT = Big Big Train!! I like that band a lot! The slight touch of folk music reminds me of early Genesis.

What was the purpose of Tony's visit?
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 08:48am »

on Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm, FeelItComing wrote:
I had to look them up. Are they worth a listen?


I'd say they're definitely worth a listen but obviously your mileage may vary. Like Witchwood, the first album I heard was English Electric Part One, and I think the English Electric albums are really fantastic. (Coincidentally I'm listening to them right now!)

I haven't quite caught the bug that I know a lot of Genesis fans have with BBT but I thoroughly enjoy all the albums they've done since David Longdon joined. Interestingly, quite a few people who used to be active on this forum have since shifted their activity to the BBT facebook group, which includes quite a lot of band/fan interaction. (I am a member of the group but never post.)
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 08:49am »

on Oct 7th, 2017, 08:44am, AnythingNow wrote:
What was the purpose of Tony's visit?


Presumably to watch one of the gigs they did last week, which are very rare occurrences!
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 3:13pm »

on Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm, FeelItComing wrote:
but he only seems to have two shirts! huh


and just one pair of shoes.....

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« Reply #8 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 3:45pm »

on Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm, FeelItComing wrote:
I had to look them up. Are they worth a listen?

Like you Iíd never heard of them before coming here. I listened to a few of their songs awhile back after people here praised them, but unlike with Genesis I wasnít enthused to go & listen to their whole back catalogue. The length of several songs seemed to outlast their inspiration, although inside at least one of their 7-8 minute songs there was an excellent 4 minute song struggling to get out.

Obviously it varies between individuals, but being a Genesis fan doesn't guarantee you'll love Big Big Train.
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 7th, 2017, 4:37pm »

Thanks for the responses. I will have a look.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 9th, 2017, 08:51am »

Damn. Seeing this just makes my entirely futile desire for a Genesis spinoff band featuring Banks, Hackett, Longdon & D'Virgillo burn with even greater intensity. undecided
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 16th, 2017, 5:53pm »

on Oct 7th, 2017, 3:45pm, boredatwork wrote:
Like you Iíd never heard of them before coming here. I listened to a few of their songs awhile back after people here praised them, but unlike with Genesis I wasnít enthused to go & listen to their whole back catalogue. The length of several songs seemed to outlast their inspiration, although inside at least one of their 7-8 minute songs there was an excellent 4 minute song struggling to get out.

Obviously it varies between individuals, but being a Genesis fan doesn't guarantee you'll love Big Big Train.


I'm with this reply, I find them uninteresting and as boredatwork said, many of their songs unnecessarily long.

Also, I find something very annoying about that singer.
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 25th, 2017, 6:08pm »

on Oct 16th, 2017, 5:53pm, Backdrifter wrote:
Also, I find something very annoying about that singer.

I actually wish they picked him over Ray.
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 26th, 2017, 09:54am »

on Oct 6th, 2017, 5:42pm, FeelItComing wrote:
I had to look them up. Are they worth a listen?


Personally I would highly recommend them and I am rarely interested in neo prog acts. Unlike others, I find their instrumentals always make sense and are melodically interesting not just noodling. Personal favorite album: The Underfall Yard.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 29th, 2017, 10:10pm »

OK just checked these guys out and I really like it! Nice to see a current picture of Banks.
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