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The Crossing [Remastered] [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

Big Country Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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A former member of the late '70s English punk band the Skids, guitarist/vocalist Stuart Adamson went to Scotland in 1982 to form a group whose goals were to regain the idealism and passion he felt the punk/new wave movement had lost through commercialization. Tapping U2's producer, Steve Lillywhite, then known for his highly textured, expansive sound, Adamson realized his vision on Big Country's 1983 debut. Propelled by the hit single "In a Big Country," and featuring such rousingly evocative fare as "Fields of Fire" and "Harvest Home," the group's decidedly Scotch-Irish tone prefigured the Celtic music boom by a good 10 years. --Billy Altman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars big hills June 10 2012
By hawk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once I watched Restless Natives,I was hooked on Big Country, and every time I listen to their Cd I picture The Big hills of Scotland.... and feel my Scottish root stir...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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All the other reviewers have pretty much said what needs to be said about "The Crossing"; I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus. This is not just one of the best recordings of the '80s; it's one of the best rock recordings ever, living right next door to U2's "Joshua Tree." Yes, the bagpipe guitars and Adamson's heart-in-his-throat voice would be overwhelming in themselves--but they are matched by the fluid bass, the thunderous drums (I still remember the first time I heard "Porrohman" and "Wonderland" and thought the drums were going to explode out of the speakers), and the wailing harmonies. I wore out two vinyl LPs of this before getting the CD.
Just one more note: The other reviewers are also correct in noting that this recording hangs together incredibly well. Any of the songs could have made it onto a "Best Of" collection. I personally prefer this recording to the "Greatest Hits." THAT recording shows how Big Country evolved and changed from album to album (and is also worthwhile to own), but THIS recording shows them truly at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version Of Big Country's Debut Album July 17 2006
Format:Audio CD
And there are actually 4 bonus tracks here, not just one.

This version of The Crossing has the best overall sound quality of the many versions currently available.
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"The Crossing", Big Country's debut album, was new and exciting music based on the popular contemporary sound of the early eighties and emotions kindled from older and more traditional desires and values. It combined tremendous musical talent and energy with an overwelming strength and purity of feeling. While Big Country was a musical presence (a powerful one in Europe) through the rest of the Eighties and into the nineties, "The Crossing", their debut, remains their most popular and accessible album.
I was 12 when the album came out and remember the early eighties as a time when the harsh disaffection of the late sixties and its backlash of disco-dance obliviousness during the late seventies had mellowed into a bittersweet mixture of sadness, doubt, and hope. Many young people spent the eighties questing for something more meaningful and noble than a mass-consumption culture threatened with thermonuclear obliteration by our ideological enemies. Hence, "The Crossing" and the backward glance it offered to what was good and important in past life found powerful resonance with many listeners. 1983 was already a fruitful year for popular music. Nevertheless, "The Crossing" remains one of that year's greatest musical milestones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stay alive! Oct. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
"music to move montains by"...thats all that needs to be said about big country....this album is the reason i do what i do today (write songs and play guitar) when i first heard the crossing it was like nothing i had heard before....it took me in,took me to places i had never been before....here was a group who put there whole heart and soul into every note....forget the pomp and pretense of duran and spandau...here are the real icons of the 80's! truly magnificent and moving...a sad loss to the world now that stuart is with us no more....but at least his legacy will live on in his music....and what better legacy to leave than an album like this!
stay alive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing And Unique Guitar-Rock Classic Aug. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
An absolute powerhouse of a debut album, THE CROSSING introduced the world to Big Country's uniquely heartfelt and soaring guitar-rock sound. Stuart Adamson became an instant guitar-god to millions of rock fans who had suffered through years of disco and ersatz new wave just waiting for such a new hero. While his rock star eminence was far too brief, Adamson fit the bill remarkably well, being both an electrifying guitarist and a gifted lyricist with a (seemingly) sincere populist bent. In addition to Adamson, the band featured co-founder Bruce Watson (guitar) and proficient session players Tony Butler (bass) and Mark Brzesicki (drums). This same lineup, barring a few brief shakeups, stayed steady all the way through to the group's final days in late 2001.
All of the songs on THE CROSSING are superb, ranging in tone from stirring anthems like "In A Big Country", "Fields of Fire", "A Thousand Stars" and "Inwards", to more down-to-earth and surprisingly romantic ballads like "Chance" and "The Storm". Most of the music here has a deep emotional warmth that immediately set the band apart from many of the other stadium-rock bands of the time. Big Country didn't really fit in with any preconceived idea of what constituted an "80's band" and, consequently, twenty years later THE CROSSING still sounds as unique and vital as the day it was released.
Big Country was prolific during its first years of existence, producing lots of great music that didn't make it to any of their albums. The CD reissue of THE CROSSING contains five excellent additional tracks, four of them taken from the superb follow-up WONDERLAND EP, the title track of which is arguably Big Country's most stirring moment. These four terrific songs all seem to be of a piece with the rest of the album, making THE CROSSING even greater than ever. (The fifth "new" track is the re-recorded single version of "Chance".)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic revisited
A nice package. Some demos I had not heard previously. Could not discern a great difference in the sound quality from previous CD releases with the remastering. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew J McLardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Urgent and Rousing Guitar-Rock Classic
An absolute powerhouse of a debut album, THE CROSSING introduced the world to Big Country's uniquely heartfelt and soaring guitar-rock sound. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by cameron-vale
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top 5 albums from the 80's/in my top 20 of all time:
If you would like to get a album/cd (I have both) from the 80's.Make sure you have this in your collection.The title track is a very good. Read more
Published on June 26 2003 by Wade T. Farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past Returns to My Music Library
I still have my copy of this album from 1984, though in poor condition compared to CDs. Was pleased to finally puchase the digital version. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Kathy A. Hamill
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock has a new name!
The '80s should be remembered for more than big hair and synthesizers. It should be remembered for Big Country and their Scottish blended rock'n'roll! Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, soaring aural tapestry
The most startling thing I discovered while reading the previous reviews is that band leader Stuart Adamson is dead, and by his own hand at that. What a tragic loss. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2002 by J. Houzet
5.0 out of 5 stars All This and "Bagpipe Guitars" Too!
I first actually saw and heard Big Country in 1984, when late-night MTV played their 1982 Glasgow concert video in its entirety, and I was just struck dumb with their energy and... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by William Polhemus
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