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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 (91 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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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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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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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I hadn't realised this deluxe edition was coming out until I saw Tony Butler and Bruce Watson interviewed on the BBC a couple of weeks ago.

I have been playing Big Country recently as I am currently reading "In a Big Country - The Stuart Adamson Story" by Ian Glen.

I never had the pleasure of seeing Big Country live, but consider myself a fan, having most of their albums, this is the fourth time I have bought this album, having bought the cassette, CD, remastered CD (1996) and now this deluxe edition.

This new version is 24 bit remastered and the sound quality is a massive improvement over the '96 remaster which to me sounded harsh and a bit tinny.

The poor reviews of this album make no sense to me. I ordered the album on Feb 8th and received it on Feb 9th. Also saying it doesn't sound good is rubbish.

I have been disappointed in the past with some deluxe editions, but this is a real treat. It is great to have these songs sounding so good, and the extra tracks and demo are a great addition.

I hope this album sells well and this encourages Phonogram to do a proper remastering job on their other albums too.

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* Update 2015 - Mercury / Phonogram have now released deluxe editions of subsequent albums with remastered tracks, also sounding much better than the earlier remasters *
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If you are unfamiliar with Big Country you will not be disappointed with this purchase, it is rousing music, superlative musicianship and a great testament to Stuart Adamson's passion and talent.
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