The Best of Big Country
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||Harvest Home||Big Country||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fields of Fire (400 Miles)||Big Country||3:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In a Big Country (Radio)||Big Country||3:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Chance||Big Country||4:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wonderland||Big Country||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||East of Eden||Big Country||4:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where the Rose Is Sown||Big Country||4:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Just a Shadow||Big Country||5:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Look Away||Big Country||4:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Teacher||Big Country||4:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Great Thing||Big Country||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||King of Emotion||Big Country||4:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Broken Heart (Thirteen Valleys)||Big Country||5:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Peace in Our Time||Big Country||4:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Save Me||Big Country||5:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heart of the World||Big Country||4:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Republican Party Reptile||Big Country||4:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Big Country made big music — maybe not according to the definitions of Mike Scott, but certainly big in the sense of post-U2 anthemic college rock. They had one big hit — the glorious "In a Big Country," where the E-Bows chimed like bagpipes and the chorus surged with a barely constrained urgency. Big Country never hit those heights again, either artistically or commercially, but they did write a number of fine, big anthems, all of which are collected on Mercury's The Best of Big Country. Since it weighs in at 17 tracks, this may try the attention span of anyone but the devoted, yet this still works as a fine summary of their strengths while pointing out why they might not have gone much further.
Some of the greatest music of any era...timeless.
Big Country were one of the great bands to come out of the 80's, and one of the few to continue to make exciting music right up to the end; their last new studio album being 1999's Driving to Damascus. Though they only had 1 big hit here in the USA (you all know what it was), they had 17 top 30 singles and seven top 30 albums worldwide...America just never caught on. As evidenced by the songs, which are filled with passion, insight, great riffs and social conscience, the late great Stuart Adamson was a tremendous songwriter, and the whole band shines with superb musicianship. This disc is full of great moments, though some of their best songs as well as tracks from the "Buffalo Skinners" album and the live "Without The Aid of a Safety Net" are not represented. Try this band...you won't be disappointed!
These guys were more than just bagpipe sound effects...
The song "Just A Shadow' is my favorite Big Country song. I also loved the album "Steeltown', which is not on iTunes. As I recall, Big Country got exposure in Los Angeles and Orange County, until a magazine interview revealed that a Stuart Adamson relative (Grandfather) had been involved with the Communist Party in the UK. Remember that this was the 1980's Reagan era America. I had found 12" singles of "Just A Shadow", "East Of Eden", "Fields Of Fire", "Harvest Home" and "Where The Rose Is Sown" available in the local record stores in Orange County; but these dried up after the Magazine interview revealed the "Commy" connection. Remember the era before the walls came down in Berlin and Eastern Europe.
Good summary record
In this case the AMG review is correct. Big Country really were genius innovators at the beginning. Uncommonly good musicianship mixed with unorthodox sounds like guitars posing as bagpipes, huge yet atmospheric drums and lead bass (thanks in part to the always amazing Steve Lillywhite production) and truly moving songwriting made their first couple of records pack quite a whollup. Unfortunately, as their carreer progressed, Big Country seemed to become obessed with American blues music. Their style, substance and credibility suffered as a result. The first seven songs are really the ones worth downloading.
Formed: 1981 in Dunfermline, Scotland
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s