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Steeltown Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00IGK8FCQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Universal are proud to announce the 30th Anniversary release of a 2CD Deluxe Edition and 2LP set of the band’s Number 1 album, Steeltown. Disc Two of the 2CD Deluxe Edition now features the single A-Sides and B-Sides plus 7 Previously Unreleased Rough Mixes including 2 Work in Progress mixes of Wonderland recorded at Castlesounds Studios just outside of Edinburgh.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Smiler on 26 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Remember buying this on vinyl the 1st day it was out & nearly crying when I gave it it's first listen. I was so dissapointed but that all changed the more I played it. One of my all time great albums, no wonder:- Tall Ships Go, Steeltown, Raindance, Where The Rose Is Sown, Come Back To me..... Hell, not a weak song on the whole record! Big Country still mean a lot to me to this day. RIP Big Man, you're sorely missed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on 4 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is easilly the best album Big Country ever made, and in my opinion one of the best albums made in the last 30 years. Woefully underated, this should be regarded as a rock classic.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 29 Jun. 2010
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For their second album, Big Country took a heavier direction, both in terms of sound and in lyrical content. Where their exuberant, mega successful 1983 debut, `The Crossing', used their bagpipe guitar technique to tell somewhat mythical `Boys Own' stories of heroic soldiers, ships and soaring romance, `Steeltown' was a darker, more political work. It was full of social observation and examinations of the problems of the British working classes. The romance was still there, but it had become muted and tragic, the soldiers angry and disillusioned. In a way, `The Crossing' could be seen as a patriotic call to arms and `Steeltown' the awful post-war reality of husbands killed in war, dole queues and domestic violence.

Lead singer and guitarist, Stuart Adamson's lyrics are more developed and poetic on `Steeltown', telegraphing that he had very serious intentions for this band, which went far beyond the gimmick of their guitar sound. In grand imagery, the soaring hard rock attack of the opening track, `Flame of the West', tells the tale of a visit by a rich politician or industrialist (US movie star President, Ronald Reagan?), to the impoverished mining towns. Adamson sets the tone for the album here - it is working class outrage. The slower, dirgier second track, `East of Eden', is beautiful and angry, as he takes on the part of a worker in the modern industrial machine ("I looked west in search of freedom and I saw slavery, I looked east in search of answers and I saw misery").
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By thief@darkproject.freeserve.co.uk on 7 Jan. 2002
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This was by far and away 'Big Country's' best album. It sold well but should have been absolutely massive. In fact this group never did get the recognition they deserved.
Since learning of the untimely death of Stuart Adamson, I have been listening to their music more than ever and realise that GREAT music never sounds dated.
Steeltown - Superb!
RIP stuart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By X93250617 on 8 Jun. 2007
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Big Country were often accused of only having one tuen, but I challenge anyone to listen to "Steeltown" and say honestly that all the songs are the same tune. From the opening bass riff on "Flame of the West" to the final chorus of "Just a Shadow", this album is a real tour-de-force, with intelligent musicianship throughout.

The late Adamson's lyrics are intelligent and thought provoking and he has an amazing voice, doing his own harmonies along the way. To think that the guy also does some of the main guitar lines as well just goes to show what talent he really had.

So put all the misconceptions to one side and give this album a listen - you won't regret it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "fish_b" on 10 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is classic Big Country - thumping drums, rumbling bass, loud guitars and great lyrics sung with great passion.
This and The Crossing are a great introduction to the most underrated band of the past 20 years - RIP Stuart Adamson.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan N Huggins on 30 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Just downloaded this from Amazon and listening... What an absolute joy.

I'd forgotten just how brilliant this album was. I played the tape to shreds when it first came out. It was one of regular plays on my walkman on the way to work and made the walk fly.

Big Country were one of many bands in the 80's that didn't get the recognition they deserved, but does that really matter when the music still lives on. I can now close my eyes and listen to a time when my life wasn't quite as complicated as it is now.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Broonster on 2 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I remember loving this album when it first came out and being disappointed by the relatively poor reception it got from the music press at the time.
Where the Rose is Sown is a truly great song. Just can't understand people who think it was one of the weakest BC singles
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