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BIG BIG TRAIN

Ingenious Devices

€16.99 * Prices incl. VAT plus shipping costs
  • 36893
  • CD
  • PROGRESSIVE
  • 30.06.2023
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Neue Veröffentlichung der vierfachen Progressive Music Awards Gewinner kommt als CD sowie limitierte 180g Doppel LP und limitierte 180g Sky Blue Doppel-LP auf English Electric Recordings.

 

1990 in Bournemouth gegründet, avancierte die britische Formation BIG BIG TRAIN zu international erfolgreichen Protagonisten des Progressive-Rock-Genres und erreichten mit ihrem 2017 erschienen Album "Grimspund" Platz 1 der britischen Rockcharts und Platz 45 der britischen Albumcharts. Die überarbeiteten Versionen der Big Big Train Klassiker East Coast Racer, Brookland und Voyager sowie einem neuen, unveröffentlichten Orchesterstück, The Book of Ingenious Devices, welches East Coast Racer und Brookland verbindet, wurde neu mit 17 Streichern in den Abbey Road Studios aufgenommenen. Sie präsentieren uns die britischen Prog-Rocker außerdem eine Live-Version Atlantic Cable's, gesungen von Alberto Bravin bei ihrem Auftritt in Aylesbury im September 2022.

 

Neben Lead-Vocals des verstorbenen David Longdon, zusammengestellt aus den originalen Album Sessions, ist East Coast Racer eine komplett neue Studio-Version des Band-Lineups aus dem Jahre 2019.

 

Brooklands verfügt über neu aufgenommene Drums und Bass und Voyager wurde um Gitarre und Violine ergänzt. Um ihrem Projekt ein starkes Gefühl konzeptueller Kontinuität zu verleihen, drehen sich alle Stücke inhaltlich darum, wie der Mensch seinen Einfallsreichtum nutzte, um seine Reichweite durch die Entwicklung und den Einsatz von Technologie zu erweitern.




30th June 2023 sees the release of Ingenious Devices by Big Big Train on their own label English Electric Recordings (CD,) and via Plane Groovy (black double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve).

With the band currently in the early stages of working on a new studio album for release in 2024, Ingenious Devices features new versions of a trilogy of revered Big Big Train epic tracks – East Coast Racer, Brooklands and Voyager – about how mankind has used its ingenuity to extend its reach by the development and deployment of technology.

The new versions of East Coast Racer, Brooklands and Voyager prominently feature an elite 17 piece string section recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Apart from the late David Longdon’s lead vocals, which have been compiled from the original album sessions, East Coast Racer is a completely new studio version recorded by the line-up of the band as it was in 2019. Brooklands features newly recorded drums, bass and bass pedals, while Voyager includes additional guitar and violin. All three songs have been re-mixed for this release.


Gregory Spawton explains: “I was always happy with the original recorded version of East Coast Racer, but adding the strings at Abbey Road gave the song a further lift and the new recording also features Dave Gregory’s guitar solo on the closing section, a solo which has only previously featured on live performances of the song. I am pleased we now have the definitive studio version on Ingenious Devices. The timing of this release also deliberately ties in with the 85th anniversary of the Mallard’s speed record which inspired the lyric.

“By contrast, I was never entirely satisfied with Brooklands and felt it got a bit overlooked on the Folklore album,” Spawton continues. “That is perhaps why we’ve not played the song live yet. The Abbey Road strings have significantly enhanced Brooklands and I’m delighted with the outcome. The changes to Voyager are more subtle but still elevate the song beyond the version on our Grand Tour album.”

Additionally Ingenious Devices includes a previously unreleased orchestral piece called The Book of Ingenious Devices, which links East Coast Racer and Brooklands, as well as a live version of Atlantic Cable, which was recorded on the band’s tour in September 2022.

Alberto Bravin comments: “Atlantic Cable was recorded at our second show of the tour last year. It’s not an easy song to play at all and we were both amazed and relieved that we pulled it off so well. I experienced a real baptism of fire playing that show in front of over 1,000 passionate BBT fans, but their response to the song and the rest of our live set that night was truly motivating.”

Nick D’Virgilio says: “Ingenious Devices is a great way of uniting four of Big Big Train’s epic songs about technology. The album also celebrates the wonderful vocals of our late, great friend David Longdon on East Coast Racer, Brooklands and Voyager and looks forward to the future with Alberto putting in such a great performance on Atlantic Cable.”

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