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Album Review

With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland's Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of "In a Big Country" garnered the band considerable attention and a Top 20 single in the U.S. The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued "Chance" is sparser and its personal lyrics are every bit as heartfelt as the more populist-inclined anthems like the wonderful "The Storm" or the thundering "Fields of Fire." The lyrics are straightforward and, despite the grand themes of many of the tracks, manage to steer clear of being overly pretentious. While this album earned the band a gold record, Big Country's sound and image (reinforced by the members' tartan checked shirts) resulted in them being tagged a novelty, and they never duplicated their initial success in America. [An expanded version of The Crossing appeared in 2012 to mark the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the group. The two-disc reissue reissue included a remastered version of the original album, as well as twenty-four bonus cuts (demos, outtakes, and B-sides) and a 20-page booklet.]

Customer Reviews

The best debut album ever?

Here's a quick tip for anyone mulling over whether to purchase this album. If all you have ever heard about Big Country is their 1983 worldwide hit, 'In A Big Country', download this CLASSIC album and you will be forever rewarded with music that will change your life. Simply put, Big Country are the real deal. This was their first of eight studio albums, and included 3 UK top 20 hits. 'In A Big Country' ( Australia top 5), 'Fields Of Fire' and the beautiful ballad 'Chance' as well as other Big Country classics such as 'The Storm', 'Porrohman' and 'Harvest Home'. 4 bonus tracks are included here including the magnificent 7 minute plus title track which was not included on the original album's release. Stuart Adamson's lyrics of anguish, hope and of his beloved Scotland are meticulously blended with a twin guitar barrage and a rhythm section that will ignite your pulse. Stay Alive!

Fondly Remembered Music

I purchased this album in 1985, somewhere around that time. It was a wonderful album, from a unique band. I haven't heard their music in more than twenty years, and was elated to find it here. All the classics are here. Pleasing and encouraging to find, even after almost thirty years, Big Country and their eponymous first album, are still fresh and vibrant. Worth listening to, to enjoy the music of youth, or to introduce today's youth to some decent music from an overlooked band. A band which didn't deserve to sink into obscurity.

Why did they leave out "Wonderland"

The remaster of this album, if bought in the shops, has the single "WOnderland" on it, which has been left off here, probably to get you to buy it from elsewhere. Criminal!

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Dunfermline, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their ringing, bagpipe-like guitars and the anthemic songs of frontman Stuart Adamson, Scotland's Big Country emerged as one of the most distinctive and promising new rock bands of the early '80s, scoring a major hit with their debut album, The Crossing; though the group's critical and commercial fortunes dimmed in the years to follow, they nevertheless outlasted virtually all of their contemporaries, releasing new material into the next century. The England-born Adamson formed Big Country in...
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