What does it sound like?:
This is a new DVD release from the band that I was first introduced to on this very site – so I thought it only right to write my review here, too.
The band met up at Real World studios, late Summer 2014, to rehearse, to introduce 2 new members, and to see if their songs could be played live. This is the filmed result of those few days.
The disc then also includes 4 songs from their triumphant gigs, a year later, in London.
Firstly, you all know my love for this band, so I make no apologies for the fact that this will be a gushing review.
Everything about BBT shouts ‘quality’, and the packaging here is no exception. Beautifully photographed, beautifully put together, it is everything a Big Big Train DVD should be.
The sound is impeccable. Rob Aubrey, their sound man, genius and almost extra member does a fantastic job, just as he did at the live gigs.
The band roar through 9 songs, interspersed with chat, interviews, conversation and laughter. The whole thing is beautifully shot and is a feast for the eyes and ears.
The 4 live tracks are wonderful and just take me back to that hot, August Friday night when I roared, clapped, sang and cried – it was that good.
This is the band’s first attempt at a DVD and, as their fans have come to expect, expect, they have done a terrific job.
What does it all *mean*?
This is actually a great introduction to the band – a sampler of some of their best material plus a way into the ethos of the band that they talk about so enthusiastically.
Goes well with…
A large glass of your favourite tipple, the volume turned up and no interruptions.
Might suit people who like…
If you love music played by amazing musicians, music that they have lovingly crafted, music that tells a story, transports you, lifts you out of your daily grind, then Big Big Train are you perfect vehicle. The smile on Nick d’Virgilio’s face says it all – one of the world’s best drummers absolutely loving the music they are making.
A truly wonderful addition to their 25 years of work.