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Artist: David Longdon & Big Big Train
A bundle of the CD of Door One by David Longdon and the 2CD/Blu-ray of Summer Shall Not Fade by Big Big Train.
90% finished at the time of David Longdon’s tragic and untimely death in November 2021, Door One is the posthumous album from the multi-award winning singer, songwriter, producer and voice of Big Big Train.
Completed by a working party of musicians close to the multi-instrumentalist and spear-headed by co-producer/engineer, Patrick Phillips (Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Goldfrapp, Ludovico Einaudi), the album was recorded using 4 core players, Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Noel Gallagher, The Finn Brothers), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Soft Machine, Gong), Steve Vantsis (Fish) and Gary Bromham (Bjork, Sheryl Crow, George Michael)
The album’s 8 stunning tracks chart a journey from darkness into enlightenment.
With cover portrait by Sarah Louise Ewing and sleeve notes by Mike Barnes (Mojo, The Guardian, Prog).
“One of the greatest voices of the era. Not only one of the finest frontmen in modern day progressive music but also a really lovely man. His was a tragic loss.” - Jerry Ewing, Editor, Prog Magazine
Big Big Train’s Summer Shall Not Fade - Live At Loreley is a blu-ray and double CD set of the band’s legendary performance at the Night Of The Prog festival on 13th July 2018 at Loreley in Germany.
The audio for Summer Shall Not Fade has been mixed in both 5.1 and stereo by Big Big Train’s resident sound engineer, Rob Aubrey.
The thirteen song set runs to over two hours. It includes classic material from English Electric, Folklore and Grimspound studio albums, and fan favourite deep cuts Kingmaker and Summer’s Lease. The performance features the full Big Big Train live band, including the late David Longdon, plus a five-piece brass section and is made even more remarkable by the fact that it was only the band’s eighth live show in this incarnation.
Over the following years, the show has taken on an almost mythical reputation among the band’s fans, aka The Passengers, as one of the best the band ever performed.
“Our show at Loreley was a real coming of age experience for Big Big Train as a live band” - Gregory Spawton
Big Big Train founder Gregory Spawton says of the show: “The stars aligned perfectly for us. It was a truly magical night with the band performing brilliantly and a wonderfully welcoming audience as they and we enjoyed the glorious outdoor setting.” Gregory’s sentiments are shared by drummer Nick D’Virgilio: “I have been blessed to play some amazing shows with Tears For Fears, Cirque du Soleil, Spock’s Beard and many others during my career, but the BBT show at Loreley was off the charts. It’s hard to believe that this was only our eighth performance together. Every second was simply awesome.”
The show features the late David Longdon on vocals and flute. Rikard Sjöblom, the band’s guitarist and keyboard player, remembers David’s performance well: “David was an absolute star, his vocal performance and the way he commanded the stage were both extraordinary. Loreley is an amazing record of our precious time together with him. The show is one of the highlights of my life.”
1. Into The Icehouse
2. Watch It Burn
3. There’s No Ghost Like An Old Ghost
4. The Singer And The Song
5. Forgive (But Not Forget)
7. The Letting Go
8. Love Is All
Summer Shall Not Fade
BLU-RAY (all regions)
The First Rebreather
A Mead Hall In Winter
Prelude and Fugue
The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
The Permanent Way
East Coast Racer
Drums and Brass
1. The First Rebreather
3. A Mead Hall In Winter
5. Summer’s Lease
6. Brave Captain
1. Prelude and Fugue
2. Judas Unrepentant
3. The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
4. The Permanent Way
5. East Coast Racer
7. Drums and Brass