Music for 2016: BIG BIG TRAIN

Really looking forward to hearing this one as Big Big Train are one of the best and most consistent progressive music bands out there at the moment.

Big Big Train have released a teaser video for their upcoming album ‘Folklore’. The album is released on May 27 and is available for pre-order now in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Folklore tracklist:
  • Folklore
  • London Plane
  • Along The Ridgeway
  • Salisbury Giant
  • The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
  • Wassail
  • Winkie
  • Brooklands
  • Telling The Bees

Best of 2012

 My best of 2012 music wise plus here you can the GRTR! reviwers selections.

  1. Saga – 20/20 (Ear Music/Edel) Michael Sadler returns as the band release one of their finest albums to date.
  2. Flying Colors – S/T (Ear Music/Edel) Features Neal Morse, Steve Morse & Mike Portnoy and a set of tunes that have some of the biggest choruses this side of Journey.
  3. Bellowhead – Broadside (Navigator Records) Not as instant as previous albums but a real grower making it their best to date, which is no mean feat. Folk, jazz, pop, rock for the masses J
  4. It Bites – (Inside Out) A loose concept album as the band really stretch their musical wings.
  5. Shinedown – Amaryllis (Atlantic) Modern rockers who have an ear for melody and a love of big riffs. I’d be amazed if this album didn’t make most yearend lists.
  6. Michael Thompson Band ‘Future Past’ (Frontiers) Top notch AOR/melodic rock and choruses to die for.
  7. Jamie Hartman (Indie) Singer/songwriter who lives up to the hype. Strong lyrics and melodies throughout.
  8. Asia – XXX (Frontiers) Their best album since they returned, full of pomptastic delights.
  9. Big Big Train – English Electric Volume One (Indie) Lovingly crafted prog rock with a quirky pop edge recalling XTC. Good news as this is only volume one!
  10. Orden Ogan – To The End (AFM Records) Worth the wait as the band really hit their stride. Classy power/prog metal.
  11. Headspace – I Am Anonymous (Inside Out) Supergroup can mean poor albums but not in this case as Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman steal the show.
  12. House Of Shakira – HoS (Lion Music) First with new vocalist Andreas Novak and they have found their knack again of penning melodic rock gems.
  13. Freedom Call – Land Of The Crimson Dawn (SPV) One of the best power metal bands out there and they keep on producing magnificent albums.
  14. Magnum – On The 13th Day (SPV) Their best album since they reformed and a real treat for fans new and old alike.
  15. Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (Inside Out) One of his most commercial sounding albums and some OTT harmonies and guitars – glorious stuff!
  16. Jimi Jamison – Never Too Late (Frontiers) Survivor vocalist shows how it is done with a faultless album chick full of melodic rock treats.
  17. Rhys Williams (Indie) Enjoyable mix of pop rock and acoustic based songs.
  18. Kamelot – Silverthorn (SPV) New vocalist and their mist commercial/accessible album to date. The true kings of symphonic metal.
  19. Threshold (Nuclear Blast) Their first new album since Damian Wilson re-joined and another musical masterpiece. A few interesting new musical twists as well add to the overall enjoyment.
  20. Docker’s Guild – (Lion Music) Masses of keys, guest vocalists including John Payne & Goran Edman, prog rock – what’s not to like?
  21. Ajen Lucassen – (Inside Out) Not as immediate as Ayreon but some stunning music to discover and enjoy.
  22. The Dunwells – Blind Sighted Faith (Indie) A heady mix of indie rock/pop with some folk and excellent live too.
  23. Neal Morse – Momentum (Radiant Records/Inside Out) Another prog pop/rock masterpiece how does he keep on producing music of such a high standard?
  24. Soeilel Moon – S/T (Frontiers) Top notch AOR/melodic rock from the vocalist and band who back Michael Thompson.
  25. Jeff Scott Soto – (Frontiers) Back with a more straight ahead melodic hard rock album.



  1. Styx – The Grand Illusion + Pieces Of Eight – Live (Eagle Rock) Two classic 70’s albums played in their entirety by the current line-up.
  2. Freddie Mercury & Monserat Cabale – Barcelona (Island) Now with a full orchestral score and sounding magnificent.
  3. ELO – Mr Blue Sky: Very Best Of (Frontiers) Re-recorded classics by main man Jeff Lynne and they sound superb!
  4. RAINBOW – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (Polydor/Universal) The second disc of rough mixes, rehearsal and live songs is well worth having.