- Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, Live, CD+DVD
- Label: Active Distribution Ltd
- ASIN: B005KPL7V6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Dreams Stay With You: Live 21st April 2011 Box set, Live, CD+DVD
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Background Legendary 80s rockers Big Country reformed earlier this year to much critical acclaim. The original three members fronted by The Alarms Mike Peters and Bruce Watsons son Jamie, on second guitar played two sold out tours in January and April and also 6 major festivals including the Isle of Wight ( they were brilliant - John Giddings, promoter), T in the Park, V Festival and Oxegen . Not many bands earn a standing ovation fewer still before they've even played a chord. But then Big Country aren't like most other acts and tonight, as the power through a breathtaking two hour set, they prove they're still in a class of their own Keith Smith - The News of the World. Peters is not so much a 'replacement' for Adamson as a ringmaster, respectfully helping to bring BC's music back to life in all of its stirring, panoramic glory 'Wonderland', 'Chance', 'Harvest Home', ' Just a Shadow'. 'Fields of Fire', 'In a Big Country' and a mesmersing 'Porroh Man' coaxing the best out of band and audience alike. A triumph . - Scott Rowley Classic Rock. The band exploded onto the scene in 1983 with anthemic songs such as 'Fields of Fire' & 'In A Big Country' which were culled from their classic debut album 'The Crossing' which sold several million worldwide. They followed up with a number one album 'Steeltown'. They released 8 studio albums all of which entered the Top Ten and released 28 singles 5 of which were also Top Ten. Sadly Stuart Adamson who founded the band passed away in December 2001. Bass guitarist Tony Butler says "To play again as Big Country was something that was only going to happen if we could find someone who could compliment the band and sing the songs in the way they need to be sung - with heart and soul. Mike Peters from The Alarm stepped in to fill the premise. It was about time the songs got another airing, and we think Stuart would be pleased". This release is a 4 disc set. The two hour concert spread across two dvds and two cd's. There is a 12 page booklet with sleeve notes written by all of the band. Big Country are back and candidates for the 'comeback of the year'.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an album that most Big Country fans will want to have. Mike starts off a bit croaky and slightly out of tune at some points..but to me that is the beauty of live music. It isn't the studio engineered perfection that some want. It's live, with mistakes and additional bits that I want to hear. He improves throughout the concert and the crowd seemed to warm to him. The music is played as you remember it and there is only one band that sounds like Big Country!!
The songlist of the concert was what I wanted to hear, especially my personal favourite,Porroh man.
I'm no technical whizz, so I expect some people will say that there are so many ways that the recording could have been improved or the camera work at the concert could have been better. But, do you know what? For those of us who went to the tour venues, and didn't expect Mike to be a like-for-like replacement for Stuart, but wanted to experience the music that we grew up with in the raw, then this is a great buy.
Buy it, listen to it, then listen to it again, it seems to get better every time I listen to it. I have watched the DVD once, and I thought it was superb, but it was mainly the music I wanted to hear again.
I saw Big Country many years ago at the Parr Hall in Warrington and it was one of the best concerts I had ever been to. This has tempted me out of retirement to see them on next years tour.
I thoroughly recommend this set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to see band still going and not forgotten Stuart great live album well worth a listenPublished 20 months ago by STEVEN CLAYTON
This set is great value giving you 2 DVDS and a CD of the concert at Edinburgh. Nicely filmed are a good selection of the band's hits and album tracks with Mike Peters on vocals... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2012 by G. Boyle