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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00005JD7H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Jannuzi on 20 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
People come to this Celtic country masterpiece with too many preconceptions. The late Stuart Adamson's influence here is supposed to be Celtic rock, while Marcus Hummon is the Nashville songwriter extraordinaire. HOWEVER, US country music is multicultural and has its roots in Celtic music, something Stuart must surely have known.
I don't find this such a fusion of Stuart's Scottish heritage with Marcus's US country as some. Sometimes Stuart's stuff sounds more country than Marcus's, and since many of the songs are co-written it's hard to say.
There are far more than 8 minutes of great music on this CD. There may be certain songs that don't work for the particular listener, but none that really flop. You can tell some of them are songs that Stuart or Marcus were going to use with their own solo efforts and they gave them the Raphaels' treatment--lots of great acoustic guitar work here.
My favorite cut: 'My Only Crime'. If you listen to this song and are not moved, you've never loved and lost someone. Other stand out cuts which are just begging for mainstream country airplay include: Simple Man, Private Battlefield, Learning to Row, Old Country Country, and Life is a Church. This last one has a rather conventional sounding guest vocal instead of Stuart or Marcus which is most definitely US country radio-ready. It's still a great song, but I'd rather hear Stuart or Marcus singing it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
The combination of ex-Big Country frontman Stuart Adamson and American songwriter Marcus Hummon is a real success. The album has the classic sound you expect from Big Country together with some moments that sound more at home on a C&W record - it works. I saw The Raphaels in Manchester in May 2001 before I bought the album and was impressed by the standard of the songs that they performed. Its a "first time like" album and the songs are real growers. I'll admit some of my favourite moments are the Big Country style songs (Learning to Row, Simple Man, Private Battlefield, Too Many Ghosts and Shattered Cross)but the others are just as good. There's a couple of weak tracks, in particular Toujour Aimez which has really annoying lyrics, but this is a minor blemish on a modern masterpiece of an album. Turn it up and enjoy. Stay Alive!
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I can't fairly give this five stars as I only downloaded the 7 songs in which Stuart takes lead vocals. It's not that Marcus isn't a pleasant singer, it's just a bit bland when he is leading and that comes out on those tracks. When Stuart takes main vocals it is a seriously different proposition. His song-writing is as tight, meaningful and relevant as it ever was in Big Country, but his voice really sounds as if it had really found perfection. His death (11 years ago tomorrow) was one of the most tragic ever in the large roll-call of early deaths for rock musicians. He really had found a wonderful way of expressing both himself vocally and his talent as a songwriter with this fused country and Celtic affair. That he should have felt desperate enough to end his life was profoundly shocking. Christmas 1983 was marked for me as one over which I listened obsessively to The Crossing, that had come out in the summer. I saw the band several times, usually supporting bigger acts like Bowie or U2, but then they become rather unfashionable in the late 80s and 90s and I never really followed this passage of Stuart's creativity.

I would recommend the following Simple Man, Private Battlefield, Learning to Row, Shattered Cross, My Only Crime, Too Many Ghosts. A couple are BC tracks but redone, others post BC. For less than 4 quid, you get some of the finest songs you'll ever have the pleasure of listening to. To me, it is so sad because on the basis of this offering, Stuart would have continued to grow and make interesting music. I hope he is resting in peace and he can be vastly proud of the legacy he left, not just as a talented musician but also as a fine gentlemen, as all I read about him is is modesty and down-to-earthiness.

As he sings, he sounds like he was a Simple Man, that he had a Simple Plan (to continue to make great music) but he had a complicated life, which few seem to have been aware of. Prophetic.
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