Gravy Train

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Gravy Train were a progressive rock group from Lancashire, England, formed by vocalist and guitarist Norman Barratt in 1969. Also featuring J.D. Hughes (keyboards, vocals, wind), Lester Williams (bass, vocals) and Barry Davenport (drums), the band would record four studio albums. The first two were released on the Vertigo label, the latter two by Dawn Records.
Gravy Train were a progressive rock group from Lancashire, England, formed by vocalist and guitarist Norman Barratt in 1969. Also featuring J.D. Hughes (keyboards, vocals, wind), Lester Williams (bass, vocals) and Barry Davenport (drums), the band would record four studio albums. The first two were released on the Vertigo label, the latter two by Dawn Records.
History
The meaning behind the name
Freelance journalist, broadcaster and lecturer John O’Regan wrote that despite recording four albums, Gravy Train’s “success rate did not befit their choice of name”. The term, “Gravy Train”, he commented, was Northern Slang for “an occupation or other source of income that requires little effort while yielding considerable profit”.

The group gathered a considerable following among British Progressive Rock audiences with incendiary live performances, along the way recording the debut Gravy Train (1970) and its follow-up Ballad of a Peaceful Man on Vertigo, while a switch to Dawn Records yielded two further albums in Second Birth in 1973 and Staircase to the Day.

“Musically Gravy Train played melodic Progressive rock” — John O’Regan again — “with the accent on hard rock riffing alternating with quieter moments with the flute high in the mix topped with solid personable vocals from singer/guitarist/chief songwriter Norman Barratt. Gravy Train eventually foundered in 1975 through a combination of bad luck, poor business decisions and lack of success . . . However, with renewed interest in British and European Progressive Rock of the early 1970’s, Gravy Train’s output has garnered a considerable amount of interest from collectors and music fans alike. Their albums . . . have all been re-released on CD to positive feedback.”

Discography
Albums
1970: Gravy Train (Vertigo 6360023)
1971: (A Ballad of) A Peaceful Man (Vertigo 6360051)
1973: Second Birth (Dawn DNLS 3046/USA release BELL 1121)
1974: Staircase to the day (Dawn DNLH 1)
Singles
1971: “Alone in Georgia” / “Can Anybody Hear Me?”
1973: “Strength of a Dream” / “Tolpuddle Episode” (Dawn DNS 1036)
1973: “Starbright Starlight” / “Good Time Girl” (Dawn DNS 1058)
1975: “Climb Aboard the Gravy Train” / “Sanctuary” (Dawn DNS 1115)
Compilations
2006: Strength of a Dream: The Gravy Train Anthology (Castle Records)

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