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At the BBC: The Best of the BBC Recordings

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Big Country 7/29/2013

Review

Released in 2013, Big Country's At the BBC: The Best of the BBC Recordings is a trimmed-down two-disc version of the larger BBC box set that came out at the same time. This 31-track anthology features bits of Big Country's John Peel and David Jensen radio sessions, four songs from their 1988 Soviet Embassy concert, and a variety of highlights from various U.K. concerts ranging from 1983 to 1989. Stripped of Steve Lillywhite's lush production, the radio session tracks (all from 1983, just after the release of The Crossing) reveal a tight, young live band at the peak of its power and creativity. The subsequent live material, which makes up the bulk of this set, is full of confidence and energy, particularly the three cuts from their 1983 performance at the Reading Festival. Full of candid banter from leader Stuart Adamson, the spirited Scottish quartet sounded as if it would dominate the charts for at least the next decade. The later performances from Big Country's 1989 Peace in Our Time shows are no less compelling even if the material wasn't quite as bold as their earlier work. The Best of the BBC Recordings is a nice snapshot of an exciting band in its prime years, but hardcore fans will want to own the complete box set. ~ Timothy Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Harvest Home Big Country 3:57
  3. 2 Heart & Soul Big Country 4:45
  4. 3 Angle Park Big Country 4:0
  5. 4 Inwards Big Country 4:14
  6. 5 A Thousand Stars Big Country 4:18
  7. 6 Close Action Big Country 3:54
  8. 7 Balcony [Live at the Hammersmith Palais, 1983] Big Country 4:10
  9. 8 Lost Patrol [Live at the Hammersmith Palais, 1983] Big Country 4:35
  10. 9 The Storm [Live at the Hammersmith Palais, 1983] Big Country 6:12
  11. 10 In a Big Country [Live at the Hammersmith Palais, 1983] Big Country 4:33
  12. 11 Close Action [Live at the Reading Festival, 1983] Big Country 4:30
  13. 12 The Storm [Live at the Reading Festival, 1983] Big Country 6:13
  14. 13 Fields of Fire [Live at the Reading Festival, 1983] Big Country 5:23
  15. 14 Lost Patrol [Live at Wembley Stadium, 1984] Big Country 4:49
  16. 15 Porrohman [Live at Wembley Stadium, 1984] Big Country 8:11
  17. 16 Inwards [Live at Wembley Stadium, 1984] Big Country 5:28
  18. 1 Peace in Our Time [Live from the Soviet Embassy, 1988] Big Country 5:20
  19. 2 Look Away [Live from the Soviet Embassy, 1988] Big Country 4:39
  20. 3 Thousand Yard Stare [Live from the Soviet Embassy, 1988] Big Country 5:16
  21. 4 River of Hope [Live from the Soviet Embassy, 1988] Big Country 4:47
  22. 5 Wonderland [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 6:13
  23. 6 Broken Heart [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 5:15
  24. 7 Just a Shadow [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 5:29
  25. 8 Thousand Yard Stare [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 6:13
  26. 9 The Seer [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 6:40
  27. 10 Come Back to Me [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 4:43
  28. 11 The Travellers [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 3:36
  29. 12 King of Emotion [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 6:31
  30. 13 East of Eden [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 5:53
  31. 14 Restless Natives [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 5:8
  32. 15 Tracks of My Tears [Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1989] Big Country 3:23

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