“Grimspound” by Big Big Train

В историята не се ползва похват от рода на „какво би станало, ако…“, но ние можем да зададем въпроса „какво би станало, ако легендарната група Genesis възкръсне в първоначалния си състав“?

Отговорът е, че в наши дни тя най-вероятно би звучала като британската прогресив рок формация BIG BIG TRAIN. Музикантите обаче не копират и преповтарят направеното от гениалните си предшественици, а намират начин в техния контекст да кажат нещо свое по съвременен и доста различен начин.

Във своя десети студиен албум „GRIMSPOUND“ те отново са в ролята на разказвачи на истории – митове и легенди се преплитат с образите на действителни хора, със събития и местности във Великобритания. Сред тях откриваме капитан Albert Ball, летец изтребител от Първата световна война, наредил сред въздушните асове, астронома Charles Green и ботаника Joseph Banks, учени и изследователи на борда на „Индевър“, корабът на капитан James Cook при първото му околосветско плаване (1768-1771 г.), автомобилния състезател John Cobb със световни рекорди за бързина, митичния Икар, дръзнал да стигне до Слънцето, светилището Гримспаунд, изградено преди 3000 години и т.н.

Композициите им умело съчетават келтските фолклорни традиции с джаза и прогресив рока, емоционално са наситени и макар да носят белезите на виртуозността, мелодиите им са достъпни и запомнящи се.

Певецът DAVID LONGDON споделя: „Често пъти си задавам въпроса: „Какво ще остане от нас, кои артефакти ще свидетелстват за нашето време?“ Голяма част от достойнствата на днешния свят е базирана на дигиталните технологии, и си мисля, че е интригуващо да се запитаме какво ще остане от нашето време като археология. Ако тази наша връзка с дигиталната сфера по някакъв начин се загуби поради всичко, което може да сполети нашата цивилизация в бъдеще, не мисля, че ще останат толкова много физически свидетелства, които да разкажат нашата история. Нетрайността е проблем на нашия днешен свят.

Хилядолетна традиция е било около семейното огнище да се разказват истории за реални събития, хора, местности и т.н. С течение на времето тези истории са се превръщали в устно творчество. Всяко поколение разказвачи и слушатели е добавяло свои специфични елементи в повествованието в зависимост от своята култура и обичаи. Така че в крайна сметка нещата, които са се случили в действителност, са могли да бъдат променяни и преосмисляни в този процес. Фолклорът е процес, и двете начала, истинската информация и измислените творчески интерпретации, се комбинират и адаптират по време на този процес. Реалност или фантазия – фолклорният процес е един и същ. Ето защо песните могат да бъдат нещо като исторически паметник, те са в състояние да ни пренесат обратно до конкретни моменти от миналото ни, да пресъздадат образи на хора, места, чувства и емоции“.

Бас китаристът и основният автор на музиката и текста GREG SPAWTON се включва: „Дълго време се занимавах с археология и история, и забелязвам, че много от дейностите ни в наши дни са недълготрайни. Информацията вече е толкова достъпна и лесна за споделяне, без да е задължително по-дълбоко познание и разбиране. Изглежда, че леко се отдалечаваме от хуманизма, дал основата на съвременното общество. Загрижен съм, че губим от погледа си ценностите от времето на Просвещението, които бяха в основата на научния и социалния прогрес, постигнат от човечеството през последните няколко века“.

Албума “GRIMSPOUND” ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба®” на програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 16 май, след новините от 21.00 ч.

 


В предаването на 16.05.2020 г.: Big Big Train и албумът “Гримспаунд“


BIG BIG TRAIN
GRIMSPOUND
Date of Release: 28 April 2017

SONGS/TRACKS:

1.Brave Captain - 12:37
Words and Music by – David Longdon

Part 1: Captain Albert Ball Cradled in the Arms of Mademoiselle Lieppe-Coulon, May 7th 1917
Part 2: Memorial to Captain Albert Ball, Nottingham Castle Ground 1973
Part 3: "The Great Game"
Part 4: Annoeullin (The Present Day)

2.On The Racing Line - 5:12
Guest [With], Cello – Philip Trzebiatowski
Music by – Danny Manners, Greg Spawton

3.Experimental Gentlemen - 10:01
Words and Music by – Greg Spawton

Part 1: Reflectors of Light
Part 2: Merchants of Light
Part 3: The Wonder of It All

4.Meadowland - 3:36
Music by – David Longdon, Rikard Sjöblom
Words by – Greg Spawton

5.Grimspound - 6:56
Music by – Greg Spawton
Words by – David Longdon

6.The Ivy Gate - 7:27
Guest [With], Vocals – Judy Dyble
Keyboards – Rikard Sjöblom
Words and Music by – David Longdon

7.A Mead Hall in Winter - 15:20
Music by – David Longdon, Rikard Sjöblom
Words by – Greg Spawton

8.As The Crow Flies - 6:44
Words and Music by – Greg Spawton


© 2017 English Electric Recordings, Giant Electric Pea


CREDITS:

Nick D’Virgilio: Drums, percussion and backing vocals
Rikard Sjöblom: Guitars, keyboards on The Ivy Gate and backing vocals
Danny Manners: Keyboards and double bass
Rachel Hall: Violin, viola, cello and backing vocals
David Longdon: Lead Vocals, backing vocals, flute, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, lute, melodica, celesta, synthesizer, percussion
Greg Spawton: Bass guitar and bass pedals
Dave Gregory: 6 and 12-string electric guitars
Andy Poole: Additional guitar, keyboards and backing vocals

With:
Judy Dyble: Vocals on The Ivy Gate
Philip Trzebiatowski: Cello on On the Racing Line

Arrangements by Big Big Train
String Arrangements by Rachel Hall

Produced by Big Big Train

Recorded at English Electric Studios
Vocals and double bass recorded at Aubitt Studios by Rob Aubrey
Drums recorded at Sweetwater Studios by Mark Hornsby and at Real World Studios by Rob Aubrey
Strings recorded at Aubitt by Rob Aubrey and at Ashwood Studios by Sotos Yiasimi

Mixed and mastered at Aubitt by Rob Aubrey

Cover and booklet paintings by Sarah Louise Ewing
Cover and Booklet Design by Andy Poole

Liner Notes – DL (David Longdon), GS (Greg Spawton)

LYRICS:

Brave Captain


[Part 1: Captain Albert Ball cradled in the arms of Mademoiselle Lieppe - Coulon, May 7th, 1917]

[Instrumental]


[Part 2: Memorial to Captain Albert Ball, Nottingham Castle grounds 1973]

A statue of a young man
Defiantly stands
Glove held in left hand
With an Angel close by his shoulder

At the stroke of midnight
When no one s in sight
Beneath the floodlights
What does she whisper?
What has he told her?

Sunshine through the leaves
Back in 73
With my parents and we
Were eating ice cream
In the shade of the old trees

I asked "Who was he?"
My Dad said to me
"Although he was only twenty
He was a hero who d died for his country"

Well, you should have seen me
Who would believe me now?
Racing around the castle grounds
Wild imagination in full flight
My arms stretched wide
I ll be a brave Captain of the Skies


[Part 3: "The Great Game"]

You were a flying ace
From the history books
Thrilling deeds and dashing looks
Fulfilling your destiny
Simply doing your duty
For King and Country

You were the poster boy
Who shunned your own fame
Who didn t take to the accolades
Even when propaganda
Screamed your name
You believed celebrity to be nonsense
You were a loner, a solitary man
Practical minded
And good with your hands
Your letters sent home
Revealed, this weapon has a conscience

Until at long last your plane emerges
From out of the low cloud
Inverted
Flying upside-down
Too close to the ground to recover
Heading earthbound
No engine sound
Black smoke trailing
Silently falling down
Brave Captain of the Skies


[Part 4: Annoeullin (The Present Day)]

Brave Captain of the Skies


On The Racing Line

[Instrumental]


Experimental Gentlemen

[Part 1: Reflectors of Light]

Set a course for the stars...


[Part 2: Merchants of Light]

Farewell, my friends
Taking leave of England
Headed due south;
Experimental gentlemen

On the high seas
Clear the distance
Chase the moon
Across the sky;
Experimental gentlemen

At the ends of the Earth
Seeking landfall
The observers and collectors
Making order of the world

At the masthead
Crow s nest
Spyglass in hand;
Experimental gentlemen

Listen out for
The sound of the waves
Breaking on a distant shore
At the edge of the known world

Dare to know
Set a course for the stars
Men of reason
Making sense of the world
And the wonder of it all

Dare to know
The wonder of it all


[Part 3: The Wonder of it All]

[Instrumental]


Meadowland

Here, with book in hand
Follow the hedgerow
To the meadowland
Here with science and art
And beauty and music
And friendship and love
You will find us
The best of what we are
Poets and painters
And writers and dreamers


Grimspound

What shall be left of us?
Which artefacts will stay intact?
For nothing can last

Out upon the moor
What shall remain to tell our tale?
When all this must pass

Out on the heathland
Look up to the night sky
See the second brightest star?
Adjust to the dark light

What shall be made of us?
Our grand designs will come to dust
The gnawing of time

The carriers of souls
Along shadow paths we go
Places only we know

Out on the heathland
Look up to the night sky
See the second brightest star?
Adjust to the dark light

What shall be made of us?

Gienah
(Gamma Corvi)
Beta Corvi
(Kraz)
Algorab
(Delta Corvi)

Minkar Corvi
(Epsilon)
Al Chiba
(Alpha Corvi)
Gienah
(Gamma Corvi)
Beta Corvi
(Kraz)


The Ivy Gate

Upon nights this cold
So the story goes
Some folk say they see the ghost
Of Thomas Fisher wait
Outside the Ivy Gate

It was so long ago
The Fishers planned their home
Until one fateful day
The army letter came
It changed everything
It came and summoned Tom away
To fight for King and Country

Although those months ahead
Were tough for her each day
Their child was on the way
She soldiered on
But come the happy day
Both were lost they say
Then buried in the grave
The Fisher family plot
Close to the Ivy Gate

In deep sorrow he lamented to the Lord
Vowed he could live no more
Grieving for his wife and their child stillborn
He did take his life

Some still say they see him
Out of the corner of their eye
In the slate grey rain
Outside the Ivy Gate


A Mead Hall in Winter

With an eye pressed to the spyglass
Counting constellations
On the shores of distant oceans
Charting undiscovered lands;
The collectors and observers
Curators and explorers
Reflectors of light

Dare to be wise, think for yourself
See much further
Go build a steam-driven machine
Or a rocket to the moon
Dig the earth for ancient worlds
Look back in time
Tell the story from the start
The story of us
How did this all come to pass?
Merchants of light

Such wonders here
Without fantastic things
The curiosity of man
Finding form and shape and truth
But from an age of reason
Reaching out across the land
From the centuries of light
To leaden skies
And distant thunder

Meet me at the mead hall in winter
Set the world to right
With songs, science and stories
Hold back the fading light
Artists and dreamers and thinkers
Right here by your side
Finding truth in those travellers tales
On this brief flight of life

Bring word of your engines and designs
Your medicines and poetry
And meet me at the mead hall in winter
We ll set the world to right
With songs and science and stories
Hold back the fading light
Artists and dreamers and thinkers
Are right here by your side
Reaching for the far skies
And the undiscovered depths
Following a dream of the West

Here in science and art
And beauty and music
And friendship and love
You will find us
The best of what we are
The poets and painters
And writers and dreamers

And meet me at the mead hall in winter
We ll set the world to right
With songs and science and stories
Hold back the fading light
Artists and dreamers and thinkers
Are right here by your side
Reaching for the far skies
And the undiscovered depths
Following a dream of the West


As The Crow Flies

All here is good
Still and quiet

A branch
Blossom heavy
Lit by the sun
Flowers in the meadow
In full bloom
Midsummer
Stars fall
Earthbound

Catching the uplift
Taking to the skies
Slip the bonds of childhood
And home
No glance behind
All is still and quiet

There she goes
Into the fields
The turning of the wheels
The sound of children s laughter
Fading with the distance
Measured out in years

Take flight to the skies
With hopes and dreams
Hopes and dreams
Safe landings, my loves
Always

Straight as the crow flies
The beat of wings
The great escape
Build you some
Bridges back to earth
To solid ground
Hope not to fall
Or drift away

Take flight to the skies
With hopes and dreams
Hopes and dreams
Good journeys, my loves
Straight and true

Take flight to the far skies
Distant as you dare
Don t let anybody tell you
That you re too close to the sun

All here is good
Still and quiet


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