Progressive Epics. Classical Suites. Extended Jazz Improvisations. Some songs are just long, y’know—a matinee feature all to themselves. In this ongoing series, MusicTAP presents the best of long-form musical accompaniment for your weekend moods.

Matinee Feature for the Weekend of September 29-30, 2018: “London Song” by Big Big Train.

“Is it Prog?” Wearisome though the question may be, it finds a clear answer in this weekend’s matinee from UK ‘Pastoral Prog’ group Big Big Train. Longer than many a Beatles LP, this multi-part suite was released as a single (?!) comprising pieces from the band’s lauded Folklore and Second Brightest Star albums. While the component songs were previously released, the single is remixed, featuring new musical bits to pull the whole thing together in its celebration of the London of old. Yeah, it’s prog.

By Craig E. Bacon

Husband, Father, Philosopher, Music/Beer/Comics Enthusiast—Craig has written for The Prog Report and ProgRadar, and now serves as de facto progressive music editor for MusicTAP. Please direct interview requests & review submissions to [email protected]