Barratt Band - Playing In The City (re-issue)

Wednesday 1st April 1998
Barratt Band - Playing In The City (re-issue)
Barratt Band - Playing In The City (re-issue)

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
RRP: £15.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The old maxim that what was great music in one decade remains great in a new one is proven by this first-time-on-CD re-release. Back in 1981 'Playin' In The City" was voted the album of the year by Britain's CCM buffs and the following year Norman Barratt and his fellow Midlands rockers played a truly smouldering set to a delirious 25.000 at Greenbelt. Today the music, remastered but thankfully unmessed around with, comes through with the same blistering power that it did 17 years ago. From the pogo-tempoed '"Only One " to the breathtaking "Never Seen Your Face" the years fall away as the superbly light band crack through a series of energised songs crammed full of tuneful hooks and spiritual insights while the haunting "Voice In The Night" is a true classic of the genre. Timeless.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Only One [Listen]
2. Not The Way [Listen]
3. Your Love [Listen]
4. Playing In The City [Listen]
5. Coming Of The Man [Listen]
6. Bad Mean World [Listen]
7. My Spirit's Free [Listen]
8. A Voice In The Night [Listen]
9. I've Never Seen Your Face [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Roger King in Russell kS @ 18:47 on Mar 12 2011

WOW,,i have been looking for this band forever:
how can i buy a copy of this cd???

Posted by Boaz in Israel. @ 15:25 on Sep 14 2006

Gravy Train were an early 70's proto prog band.
the band had a certain quality, authentic - wich i could never capture.
Norman Barrate, the band leader - was imho one of the best song writers ever.
what a pleasant surprise it was for me to listen to this amazin album. i am not a religious man - but the music touches a nerve.

thank you mr. Barrate !

Posted by Bill Krouwel in Shepton Mallet, Somerset @ 18:30 on Mar 1 2006

The CD is a faithful reporduction of the excellent "Playing in the City" from the Warrington-based band led by ex Alwyn Wall Band axe-man Norman Barratt. As well as a life of its own, the band acted as backup unit for many a Chapel-Lane act (including years on the road with Larry Norman). On this album the band display their versatility, moving from hyperactive new wave, through John Miles-ish sympho-rock to acoustically-based pieces (e.g. "Your LOve"). For my money, it's still one of the best CCM albums of the eighties; buy it and marvel!

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