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Door One

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So from the tragedy of David’s death, we can find hope and purpose and celebrate his memory with this fine collection of songs. The atmospheres and use of ambience were a huge source of inspiration and a big factor in the making of Door One. This is a fine second track and it is a joy to hear David’s voice as he swoops and soars in a familiar manner, the song is certainly stirring with some great guitar.

There’s No Ghost Like An Old Ghost” is next, kicking off with Jeremy Stacey’s drums, a highlight of many tracks on this album. BBT released a stunning record in Welcome to the Planet earlier this year, and he and the band seemed poised for a new era altogether. Thankfully, Big Big Train have chosen to continue, albeit in a different configuration and one that pays tribute to their deeply missed colleague. But here he lives on: Door One is the culmination of years of planning, writing, rehearsing and writing for the right time to release a debut solo album.This is a must download for every prog rock fan and thank you for releasing this album in 24/96, it sounds magnificent! It’s vaudeville, with a show tune chorus (‘ The stage lights burning so brightly as I stand completely immersed in the song […] I breathe life into the soul of it’), but it’s certainly not naff. Door One, David Longdon’s posthumous solo album, is out now on CD and white and black vinyl editions. The song then enters a haunting melancholic flute section backed with piano as David sings “The Letting Go” over an ever increasing drum pattern which, in turn, leads to sustained chords and it’s a suitably strong ending to an excellent track.

Je peux conseiller Common Ground aux amateurs de rock progressif symphonique, de préférence à ceux qui ont un goût pour les sonorités seventies (mais pas que). Gary Bromham: “ Having worked with David on and off for over 35 years, we talked extensively about the influences for the album.

It won’t change the face of music or knock the world off its axis, but Hell, Fire And Damnation is yet another damned fine addition. When David Longdon died suddenly and unexpectedly from a fall last year, the world of music was deeply saddened. Facing a blank page (or in my case, screen) to put down some thoughts about the late David Longdon’s final album, Door One, is a daunting task. I subsequently had to take on a wider role with David’s passing, but Patrick Phillips and I were definitely on the same wavelength when it came to manifesting some of this at the mixing stage, with these goals in mind.

The jazz tones are supported by a fantastic saxophone solo by Theo Travis before everything shifts, around the halfway mark, into a different piano-led groove which brings a more optimistic tone: “You don’t have to let the fear of letting go keep you from embracing change”. Right from the opener “Into the Icehouse” with its cinematic music, you can tell that David was trying to do something new. Sure, initially it does sound very much like BBT in their pomp, but on closer inspection the songs feel looser, more dynamic and rockier. There are moments where he doesn’t sound completely himself, and others where he clearly stretches himself beyond his capabilities.The quality of the writing and playing on this album make it an absolute standout album of 2022 for me.

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