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The Crossing [Deluxe Edition]

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Big Country 27//2012

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. The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued "Chance" is sparse 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. The two-disc reissue reissue included a remastered version of the original album, as well as 24 bonus cuts (demos, outtakes, and B-sides) and a 20-page booklet.] ~ Tom Demalon
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 In a Big Country Big Country 4:41
  3. 2 Inwards Big Country 4:34
  4. 3 Chance Big Country 4:23
  5. 4 1000 Stars Big Country 3:52
  6. 5 The Storm Big Country 6:18
  7. 6 Harvest Home Big Country 4:18
  8. 7 Lost Patrol Big Country 4:50
  9. 8 Close Action Big Country 4:15
  10. 9 Fields of Fire Big Country 3:29
  11. 10 Porrohman Big Country 7:49
  12. 11 Balcony Big Country 3:52
  13. 12 Flag of Nation (Swimming) Big Country 4:34
  14. 13 Angle Park Big Country 4:4
  15. 14 All of Us Big Country 4:6
  16. 15 Heart and Soul Big Country 4:30
  17. 16 The Crossing Big Country 7:5
  18. 17 Tracks of My Tears Big Country 3:29
  19. 1 Angle Park [Demo] Big Country 4:16
  20. 2 Harvest Home [Demo] Big Country 4:24
  21. 3 We Could Laugh [Demo] Big Country 3:18
  22. 4 In a Big Country [Demo] Big Country 3:41
  23. 5 The Storm [Demo] Big Country 2:12
  24. 6 Big City [Demo] Big Country 3:26
  25. 7 Fields of Fire Big Country 4:13
  26. 8 Lost Patrol [Demo] Big Country 5:25
  27. 9 Inwards [Demo] Big Country 4:12
  28. 10 1000 Stars [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Big Country 4:6
  29. 11 Lost Patrol [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Big Country 4:53
  30. 12 Inwards [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Big Country 4:6
  31. 13 Close Action [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Big Country 3:46
  32. 14 Fields of Fire [Demo] Big Country 5:22
  33. 15 1000 Stars [Demo] Big Country 4:32
  34. 16 Ring Out Bells [Demo] Big Country 4:37
  35. 17 Chance [Demo] Big Country 3:12

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