I'm going to preface this review in the fact I'm a Yank...born and brought up in the Pacific Northwest of America, eastern Washington State as a matter of fact. Yeah, the evil "conservative" side of the state, not the open and "artistic" area known as Seattle. Regardless of where I hail from, I can honestly say The Crossing is one of the greatest albums from the early 80's, and in my opinion one of the greatest rock albums of all time. In my opinion Stuart was so much better in his vocals and his guitar virtuosity compared to Bono and the Edge in the early days, it's not funny. Unfortunately, his 'style' never caught on, and so Big Country never gained mainstream acceptance.
As to this CD re-release, I heartily give my endorsement... the first CD in the set is nothing new, but the second CD was a goldmine of demos previously unreleased that I hadn't heard before. Perhaps that's because I AM a yank, and those tracks weren't available to us before - regardless, it provided an insight to Stuart's direction in his early days, and early Big Country arrangements, at least to me. If you consider yourself a Big Country fan, pick up this CD set.