English Boy Wonders

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English Boy Wonders
Big Big Train English Boy Wonders.jpg
Studio album by
Released1997 (1997)
RecordedParklands Studios
GenreProgressive rock
Length74:19
LabelGiant Electric Pea
ProducerAndy Poole, Gregory Spawton
Big Big Train chronology
Goodbye to the Age of Steam
(1994)
English Boy Wonders
(1997)
Bard
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Classic Rock8/10 stars (re-release)

English Boy Wonders is the second studio album by the English progressive rock band, Big Big Train. It was released in 1997 by Giant Electric Pea.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big Empty Skies" (Spawton) – 4:21
  2. "Brushed Aside" (Spawton) – 5:37
  3. "A Giddy Thing" (Spawton) – 5:16
  4. "28 Years" (Read, Spawton) – 2:24
  5. "Pretty Mom" (Spawton, Poole) – 3:26
  6. "Out of It" (Spawton) – 5:57
  7. "Cloudless and Starry and Still" (Spawton, Poole) – 3:33
  8. "Albion Perfide" (Spawton, Poole, Muller) – 10:23
  9. "Right to the End of the World Tra-La" (Spawton) – 1:56
  10. "The Shipping Forecast" (Spawton) – 10:46
  11. "Mr Boxgroveman" (Spawton, Poole) – 6:12
  12. "Reaching for John Dowland" (Spawton, Poole, Hughes) – 8:13
  13. "Fell Asleep" (Spawton) – 3:35

Re-release[edit]

In February 2008, it was announced on Big Big Train's BlogSpot that English Boy Wonders was going to be re-recorded and partially re-mixed. [1] It was re-released on the band's new record label, English Electric, on 1 December 2008.

The re-release adds one track and changes the running order.

  1. "Big Empty Skies" – 4:23
  2. "Brushed Aside" – 5:40
  3. "Albion Perfide"[†] – 10:27
  4. "Pretty Mom"[†] – 3:43
  5. "A Giddy Thing"[†] – 5:17
  6. "Out of It"[†] – 6:02
  7. "Cloudless and Starry and Still"[†] – 3:36
  8. "Two Poets Meet" (Spawton) – 4:26 (Re-issue Bonus Track)
  9. "28 Years" – 2:28
  10. "Reaching for John Dowland" – 8:46
  11. "Boxgrove Man" – 7:23
  12. "The Shipping Forecast"[†] – 10:14
  13. "Right to the End of the World Tra-La"[†] – 2:03
  14. "Fell Asleep"[†] – 3:59

[†] Tracks 3-7 are grouped as For Autumn (Parts 1-5) and tracks 12-14 as For Autumn (Parts 6-8).

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians
  • Ken Bundy - backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English boys wondering how to play our old songs". bigbigtrain.blogspot.com.