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

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00005Y1ZE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. In A Big Country - Big Country
2. Inwards - Big Country
3. Chance - Big Country
4. 1000 Stars - Big Country
5. The Storm - Big Country
6. Harvest Home - Big Country
7. Lost Patrol - Big Country
8. Close Action - Big Country
9. Fields Of Fire - Big Country
10. Porrohman - Big Country
11. Wonderland
12. All Fall Together
13. Angle Park
14. The Crossing
15. Chance (re-recorded single version)

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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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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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This is, quite simply, one of the most underrated albums of the popular music era. The songs are incredible, full of working class optimism and depression simultaneously, the playing is impeccable, and the production as fresh today as it was three decades ago. Stuart Adamson was a troubled soul to be sure, but he poured himself into his songs. "In A Big Country" is the best known song to those in the USA, but it's the tip of the iceberg. "Fields Of Fire" and "Harvest Home" burn with energy and intensity, although the strong playing reminds us that Big Country was never out of control. "The Storm" is a wonder, a celtic folk masterpiece that builds from a humble lilt into a fiery call for justice. But the understated jewel is "Chance", the smooth cry for a deserted single mother condemned to a lifetime of menial work, accentuated with simple yet perfect power chords layered beneath Adamson's pained wail. Several of the bonus tracks - notably, "Wonderland", from the 1984 EP of the same name - show just how skilled and passionate the band was. Unfortunately, like so many bands before it, Big Country couldn't live up to the quality of its first album and could never regain the feel of this auspicious debut. While the band itself may now be just a fading memory, the CD still has a power that few packages could ever hope to have. Highly, highly recommended.
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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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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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