‘Summer Shall Not Fade’ is Big Big Train’s live album featuring their legendary performance at the Night of the Prog Festival on July 13, 2018, at Loreley in Germany. For high resolution and surround enthusiasts, the audio has been mixed in both 5.1 and stereo by Big Big Train’s resident sound engineer, Rob Aubrey and is available as part of a Blu-ray + 2 CD set.
The thirteen song set runs over two hours. It includes classic material from the band’s English Electric, Folklore and Grimspound studio albums, and a couple fan favorite deep cuts Kingmaker and Summer’s Lease. The performance features the full Big Big Train live band, including the late David Longdon, plus a five-piece brass section and is made even more remarkable by the fact that it was only the band’s eighth live show in this incarnation.
The show has gone on to take on an almost mythical reputation among the band’s fans, especially The Passengers, as one of the best the band ever performed. Gregory Spawton comments, “Our show at Loreley was a real coming of age experience for Big Big Train as a live band.” He continues to say “The stars aligned perfectly for us. It was a truly magical night with the band performing brilliantly and a wonderfully welcoming audience as they and we enjoyed the glorious outdoor setting.”
Summer Will Not Fade features the late David Longdon on vocals and flute. Rikard Sjöblom, the band’s guitarist and keyboard player, remarks on David’s performance, “David was an absolute star, his vocal performance, and the way he commanded the stage were both extraordinary. Loreley is an amazing record of our precious time together with him. The show is one of the highlights of my life.”
Scheduled for release October 14, 2022.
2xCD + Blu-ray featuring 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.