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

4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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: #46,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. In A Big Country
2. Inwards
3. Chance
4. 1000 Stars
5. The Storm
6. Harvest Home
7. Lost Patrol
8. Close Action
9. Fields Of Fire
10. Porrohman
11. Wonderland
12. All Fall Together
13. Angle Park
14. The Crossing
15. Chance (re-recorded single version)

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of the Scottish band's 1983 debut album including 24 bonus tracks. This double disc set, released to mark the 30th Anniversary of the formation of Big Country, now includes a plethora of demos, outtakes and b-sides. The enhanced packaging includes a 20-page booklet featuring sleeve-notes by the respected author and journalist, Tim Barr, as well as previously unseen photographs. Includes the hits 'In A Big Country', 'Fields Of Fire' and 'Chance'. Universal.

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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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When I was 14, this was my favorite album. My LP copy of it is as worn as my well loved copy of ee cummings's complete poems, or my Collected Works of TS Eliot. The spine is broken, the inner sleeve is torn and stained by brittle and ancient scotch tape. I knew every word, every note, every vocal inflection on this record, as if it were part of my own mind and heart. When I was a girl, this record taught me to love nothing better than the beauty of human expression, and to believe in the ability of human beings to fill their world and the worlds of others with hope. I put this record on, squeezed my eyes shut against the petty difficulties of my school-age life, and let my heart roam in uncharted landscapes where love, honor, unsung courage, truth, beauty, idealism and true unflinching romanticism held sway. This record made certain that for the rest of my life, nothing without that epic sweep would ever really satisfy me.
Stuart Adamson, the writer and singer of these beautiful songs has left us, sadly; sadly for him and sadly for us. I will always hold him in my heart with gratitude for the huge spirit of this music. I love this record.
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I was going through some things in storage and found my old The Crossing tape. Popped the tape in my tapedeck and it's been there ever since for the last three months playing it to and from work. It's a solid album thoughout and still stands up to the test of time. Thet have a unique sound early U2 but with a unique bagpipe guitar sound on this album, which was unusual at the time because new wave was the rage at the time. Once you listen to the song samples you will get what I mean by their sound. When I bought this originally it was for In A Big Country, but now my favorite is Close Action especially the guitar solo and drums. I've just picked up a few of their later albums that I missed out on, and it's been like rediscovering an old friend. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album and others for one of the most under-recongized rock bands in recent times. They've matured over time and it's a shame that (1) they didn't get much recognition in the states after their first album The Crossing, and (2) the recent passing of lead singer Stuart Adamson. I was looking forward to seeing them in concert in the future but it looks now I will just have to settle for the next best thing...what they recorded when Adamson was alive.
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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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