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Door One

Door One

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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.

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. Door One is a solid album to end his time with us, and it was a pleasure to see a glimpse of his vision for a solo sound. The cathartic lyrical arc here draws on some liberating hypnotherapy sessions Longdon had to treat his fear of flying, set to a strident, proggy, beautifully paced musical backdrop. This is a very personal song and its lyrics reveal much about who David was, so it’s good that he found peace with Sarah, even though that was ended abruptly.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. Travis really goes for it again here, with squalls of soprano, tenor and baritone sax as the song drives to a momentous close. It’s a good thing to know that this album was 95% complete at the time of David’s passing and so what we are hearing is pretty much his complete vision for this set of songs. He had much greater range than even I had expected, and yet he always performed with class and muster.

Gregory Spawton supplies some gorgeous 12-string guitar parts, but he’s very much a guest on a David Longdon record.

You feel comforted by the familiarity of David’s voice but but refreshed by the direction he takes in some songs. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. David had also finally, after many years, begun to gain both widespread acclaim and respect, furthermore he had found satisfaction in his life with partner Sarah Ewing.

Sure, initially it does sound very much like BBT in their pomp, but on closer inspection the songs feel looser, more dynamic and rockier. A reflection on his craft, The Singer And The Song must be at the very least partially autobiographical. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.This album took a little while to grow on me but by the time I saw it live I was in love with its humongous, over-egged pomposity! The Big Big Train gig I attended in Edinburgh in 2019 will always be etched in my mind as one of the stand out concerts and performances I’ve ever been to, irrespective of how things ended up turning out – and it’s that, plus my love of the music he was a major part of creating with BBT, and the kinship that the music invokes in fans, that makes his passing a painful one. Thankfully, Big Big Train have chosen to continue, albeit in a different configuration and one that pays tribute to their deeply missed colleague. Especially because – as Longdon looks back on doors opened, paths chosen, and where those choices have led – this personal, emotional and frequently sublime record simply vibrates with life, and living. Completed by a working party of musicians closest to the multi-instrumentalist, spear-headed by co-producer/engineer, Patrick Phillips (Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Goldfrapp, Ludovico Einaudi).

So from the tragedy of David’s death, we can find hope and purpose and celebrate his memory with this fine collection of songs. Trusted co-producer/engineer Patrick Phillips oversaw the album’s completion after Longdon’s untimely death in November 2021. And perhaps here it’s hardest to separate Door One – with all its heart, soul, love, vitriol, humour and wisdom – from its sad, posthumous circumstances. With the decks cleared by the opener, the heavy piano notes of “Watch It Burn” start this uptempo track, which is a reflection on the end of a relationship – and the lyrics are confessional and pretty stark stuff. There are some inspirational musical passages in this mix of songs that were 90% complete as a solo work before he passed.

However, David’s partner Sarah and all the key protagonists involved in its creation agreed that David would want the world to hear the album. 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.



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