Big Country – The Crossing 

AMG Review: With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland’s Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of “In a Big Country” garnered the band considerable attention and a Top 20 single in the U.S. Big Country – The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued “Chance” is sparser and its personal lyrics are every bit as heartfelt as the more populist-inclined anthems like the wonderful “The Storm” or the thundering “Fields of Fire.” The lyrics are straightforward and, despite the grand themes of many of the tracks, manage to steer clear of being overly pretentious. While this album earned the band a gold record, Big Country’s sound and image (reinforced by the members’ tartan checked shirts) resulted in them being tagged a novelty, and they never duplicated their initial success in America. [An expanded version of The Crossing appeared in 2012 to mark the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the group. — by Tom Demalon 

 

Big Country – The Crossing Tracklist

  1. 00:06 “In a Big Country” — 4:44
  2. 04:00 “Inwards” — 4:36
  3. 08:35 “Chance” — 4:26
  4. 13:00 “1000 Stars” — 3:50
  5. 16:52 “The Storm” — 6:19
  6. 23:18 “Harvest Home” — 4:19
  7. 27:41 “Lost Patrol” — 4:52
  8. 32:34 “Close Action” — 4:15
  9. 36:49 “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” — 3:31
  10. 40:22 “Porrohman” — 7:52
  11. 48:15 “Angle Park” — 4:08
  12. 52:22 “All Of Us” – 4:09
  13. 56:24 “The Crossing” — 7:09
  14. 1:03:31 “Heart & Soul” — 5:13
  15. 1:08:04 “In a Big Country” – (Pure Mix) — 6:19
  16. 1:14:21 “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)”(Alternate Mix) — 5:19

Big Country - The Crossing

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