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#1 City of Miami

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:25 PM

There are some really old threads on this topic but here's a new one with a selection a little of the beaten track:

 

The Kinks "The Last of the Good Old Fashioned Steam Powered Trains"

 

This song really shows Ray Davies' creativity I think as well as genuine affection for trains. I like the long title which mimics the appearance of the train; I like the speed up in the middle as the train gains speed and I especially like the falsettos of the band subtly  creating the steam whistle. I like that it's in first person.

 

 

 



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:29 PM

Good one John! Thanks for sharing!😎
 
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:25 PM

Very good, thanks!!


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I'm a "little Old Lady in Tennis Shoes" (LOLITS) from Eastern Oregon. I love to travel by train, though I live way out in the toolies, far from the nearest Amtrak station (Chemult). My station would have been Baker City, but they cancelled the Oregon Pioneer just before I took my first long-distance train trip as an adult. I've taken most trains in the West, but I'm still exploring new routes in the east.


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:15 AM

Mick Avory rocks as always, too. The Kinks song's syncopation is spot on. 

Going a bit off topic, but in the UK before there was Thomas, there was Elton John's Rocket Record Company and its logo...

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Both designs were supposedly based on the "Little Engine that Could" story.

One of RRC's star artists of the 1970's was Neil Sedaka who recorded a train-themed song called "Better Days are Coming"...

From what I can tell, nobody's posted that one on the board yet, although I'm sure someone's mentioned an earlier hit of his titled, "One Way Ticket to the Blues".


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I'll always consider new forms of travel, including time...





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