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The Crossing [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Big Country Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Mar 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000006SW9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In A Big Country
2. Inwards
3. Chance
4. A Thousand Stars
5. The Storm
6. Harvest Home
7. Lost Patrol
8. Close Action
9. Fields Of Fire
10. Porroh Man
11. Angle Park
12. All Of Us
13. The Crossing
14. Heart And Soul

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1. In A Big Country
2. Inwards
3. Chance
4. A Thousand Stars
5. The Storm
6. Harvest Home
7. Lost Patrol
8. Close Action
9. Fields Of Fire
10. Porroh Man
11. Angle Park
12. All Of Us
13. The Crossing
14. Heart And Soul

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By PlusOne
Format:Audio CD
From the first time I heard this album on vinyl back in 1983 I loved it. From the wall of sound drum intro of In a Big Country to the lengthy atmospheric build up of Porroh Man, The Crossing is not just a masterpiece of guitar rock, it is an album that perfectly captured the zietgiest of the early eighties. An album that musically and emotionally outstripped other highly lauded contemporary works such as War by U2 and Sparkle In The Rain by Simple Minds. An album that recieved two Grammy nominations. The drums are faultless, intelligently using polyrhythms, parradiddles and some very impressive high-hat work , the bass playing is up and down the fret board a la John Entwistle and the dual guitars are a tour de force. To say that this is the greatest ever debut album is not strictly true as the rhythm section had already worked with Pete Townshend on Empty Glass and Stuart Adamson had already produced three albums with The Skids (I highly recommened these albums also!!!) a group which heavily influenced a young U2 and metamorphasised from Punk(Scared to Dance), to producing some of the most intelligent use of synthesiser in Rock since The Who(Days In Europa) and finally to a musical style which Big Country continued(The Absolute Game); The Crossing just reaffirmed the fact that Adamson was among the most innovative and talented guitar players that rock has produced. Looking back now, two weeks after his tragic death it is hard to imagine that someone whose music was always so uplifting and life affirming chose to leave life and some of the most ardent fans behind, but if he is to be remembered as he certainly deserves to be, The Crossing is a truly great legacy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Probably the best debut album by a British Rock band of its era. How it never gets mentioned in those top 100 lists/books you see amazes me. It wasn't as if it was cult thing or an abberation that should be forgotten - it sold by the bucketload. Give those folk who bought it some respect, music journos out there!! Following on from the superb Skids, BC's & Stuart Adamson forged a career that continued to spawn hits in the 80s and early 90s before critical aclaim diminished, though their output; notably Steeltown (the more dense, dark, messy brooding and political follow up to this), The Seer, The Buffalo Skinners and Driving to Damsacus; had many high points on a par with much of this. Their sound did evolve but definately one of those bands who, while ending up with small but avid fanbases, probably should have crossed over more. Sadly, the memory of their initial impact and pidgeonholed appeal was hard for later record buyers to shake off. This process was fuelled as the critics weaved their ink thick and heavy in consigning such a talented outfit to the novelty act filing cabinet.

Whatever the naysayers write one thing cant be denied.

What a sound!!

On hearing of the sad death of Adamson I read a tremendous retrospective which, instead of focussing on the 'bagpipe sound' spotted echoes of Joy Division, The Clash, The Jam as well as folk in its complex sound. I think that was a very good insight. Its not just about the skirl its about the unbridled passion contained in the sound and the haunting melancholy undertones. Unique, a sound and spirit that scrapes the sky with almost every note.

My personal favourite is 'Inwards' (about the death of Stuart's Grandmother) probably because the other singles, while amazing, are a little more familiar.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Scottish Romanticism 20 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Crossing is one of the seminal albums of the '80's. Highly influential on any number of artists, Stuart Adamson's lyrics and the unique Celtic instrumental sound rang out across the decade like a skirl of bagpipes on the lonely highlands. Adamson has been compared in his country to Robert Burns, one of the finest poets who ever lived. The compliment is apt, with lines like "Just take that look off here, it doesn't fit you, Because it's happened doesn't mean you've been discarded - Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming, run after everything you ever might have wanted" stunning in their passion and compassion for the human condition. The energy of punk fuels the propulsive sound of the album, tempered with melodious charm. This record is a must-have classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is worth your time and/or money 25 Feb 2012
By Steven
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Trip back in time...
This album is a great piece of 80s nostalgia with a terrific mix of upbeat riffs and slow lilting ballads. I would definitely recommend this album for anybody's collection.
Published 24 days ago by Peter, Lurgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best a good C D thanks : )
Published 28 days ago by maurice
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My bruv liked it
Published 1 month ago by mr a d king
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by Paul McGeoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best debut album of all time!
In some ways this fantastic debut LP from Big Country was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because quite rightly it put Big Country in the big-time which was well... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith Plant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind how old the original is, brilliant music from a brilliant...
I really don't think I need to add anything to what I've written above, except to express my regrets that Stu ain't with us anymore. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E J Skorpio
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Great Album - Poor Remaster?'
The reason I have put a question mark after my comment about the remastering of this album in the title is because I had not owned this album before buying this and am therefore... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars big country
very nice cd for a very nice price. not available in belgium,so client was very happy with it.
thanks again music shop lommel belgium
Published 10 months ago by theovdh
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
in my humble opinion one of the classic albums off the 80s ,sublime from start to finish , why THE STORM wasnt a top ten hit (that right pop pickers) love it.
Published 11 months ago by John Fairbairn
5.0 out of 5 stars No more needed
5 Stars that's it - a sublime classic A must for every BC fan, new & old the classic album with great additional material.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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