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Given the circumstances, this wasn’t created as a “last will and testament” and I’m not going to look at it through that lens. The CF was then finished and mastered by some exceptional musicians and studio technicians as a tribute to this irreplaceable musical force.

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. Forgive (But Not Forget)” is another great one; it is something of a ballad with lots of space for David to emote and hurt. Rock doesn’t need saving in 2024, but it’s nice to be reminded just how thrilling and relatable three chords and the truth can still be. The Letting Go” is just as good, though, with its 10+ minute runtime, hopeful aura, fantastic instrumentation, and grand ending. This one has a funky edge, powered along by electric piano, with some clavinet and Travis’s sax joining towards the end of the track.Although it only runs for 30 seconds, it’s an excellent piece which shows another side to David’s compositional ability. Perhaps surprisingly for an album made by someone known mainly as a Lead Singer, the album opens with an atmospheric instrumental – and that’s absolutely as it should be; because David’s talents were much broader than that of a frontman. Following on from the themes of relationships ending, this song is about “what to hang on to, and what to let go”.

There are moments where he doesn’t sound completely himself, and others where he clearly stretches himself beyond his capabilities. Il grande frontman dei Big Big Train ci ha lasciati un anno fa, ma non prima di dare libero sfogo alla sua arte con questo album solista di indubbio valore, nel quale la sua voce inimitabile (anche se a lungo era stato accusato di "imitare" Peter Gabriel, Fish dei Marilllion e altri celebri cantanti del progressive più illuminato) valorizza al meglio alcuni brani bellissimi. Door One was recorded with a core of four musicians: drummer Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Noel Gallagher, Sheryl Crow, The Finn Brothers), bassist Steve Vantsis (best known for his work with Fish), saxophonist Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Soft Machine, Gong) and David’s longstanding friend and former 1990s Gifthorse band mate Gary Bromham (Bjork, Sheryl Crow, George Michael) who contributed guitar, backing vocals, keyboard parts and textures.

Gary Bromham: “ Having worked with David on and off for over 35 years, we talked extensively about the influences for the album. 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. 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). This is a difficult album if you knew the man but it’s wonderful to hear what he had been working on in these days before he left us. He had much greater range than even I had expected, and yet he always performed with class and muster.

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.Birdsong, echoing piano and a building cinematic atmosphere characterise instrumental prelude Into The Icehouse, an Eno-esque mood-setter that, in a kinder world, might have served well as intro music to a live show. In The Times, Dominic Maxwell said of David “ Having taken a long time to get where he wanted to be, Longdon tried not to waste his precious time. 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.

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