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The Crossing [Remastered] Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on April 29 2013 by Andrew J McLardy
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...Published on June 10 2012 by hawk
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.
"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... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by bongo boy
An absolute powerhouse of a debut album, THE CROSSING introduced the world to Big Country's uniquely heartfelt and soaring guitar-rock sound. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by cameron-vale
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 morePublished on June 26 2003 by Wade T. Farrell
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 morePublished on May 12 2003 by Kathy A. Hamill
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 morePublished on April 3 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub