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Live At Barrowland 1983: The Home Coming (CD & DVD)

Released on 28 September 2009

Artist: Big Country

5.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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  1. 1000 Stars
  2. Angle Park
  3. Close Action
  4. Lost Patrol
  5. Wonderland
  6. The Storm
  7. Dundonald & Dysart Pipe Band Sequence
  8. Porrohman
  9. Chance
  10. Inwards
  11. Fields Of Fire
  12. Harvest Home
  13. Tracks Of My Tears
  14. In A Big Country/Auld Lang Syne
  • DVD:
  • 1000 Stars
  • Angle Park
  • Close Action
  • Lost Patrol
  • Wonderland
  • The Storm
  • Dundonald & Dysart Pipe Band Sequence
  • Porrohman
  • Chance
  • Inwards
  • Fields Of Fire
  • Harvest Home
  • Tracks Of My Tears
  • In A Big Country/Auld Lang Syne
  • Live at The Peppermint Lounge, New York City, 1982 (only released on VHS before)
  • Sleeve notes by band and those associated with the band at the time.
  • Country Club fanzines of the time in PDF form.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Big night for Big Country...

| | See all londoncalling's reviews (42)

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I'll have to agree with all the other reviews below, that this is a very fine live performance. Although If I'm a little critical, but being completely honest, it's probably not the tightest live gig by a band, but for pure energy and heart, this show is right up there with some of the very best concerts caught on film.
For a few years around this time of recording, Big Country were at the top of the tree. Just like early U2, The Alarm and Simple Minds, Big Country were writing good rock anthems that were a reminder of how we used to live, our heritage, and the good and bad of growing up. Their ballads had a tender story at it's heart, their heavier material centered on the real struggles of life and growing up. But ultimately leaving us aware of our backgrounds and who we are.
Later on in their career however It all changed when they started to take the American influence route, they caught the 'Rattle And Hum' bug so to speak! And although some of that was OK, it just never quite matched the strength of this earlier material. Sadly further on from that, Stuart Adamson the man and voice behind Big Country died in 2001.
But we should all thank him and them for leaving us with this excellent and much loved show, and the superb album 'The Crossing' which it's centered around. Brilliant.

 Awesome Snapshot of a band at their PEAK!!

| | See all DougMitchell's reviews (1)

Great DVD/Audio CD Package, transferred direct from the original Master Tapes, the quality is excellent, crisp visuals, or as crisp as a 26 yr old tape can be, audio is immense, the atmosphere, the heat, the crowd, the band, the Pipe Band for the Bells. ALL of the actual Concert is immense, and with just that itself, full value would have been had.

BUT

You also get the gig on an Audio CD, a 1982 live gig, which i think is certainly one of the first live gigs they did film, unsure, fresh, eager, a few mistakes, and some falling down/falling off of Mark's drum seat, it shows a band starting out, learning what works where, in an embryionic state, you see parts that later blossom into well loved and well known "flourishes" in later Gigs.

The roll call, the extras, the pics, the computer only goodies, the anecdotes, the thoughts of the band about the venue and the day, and the Words for Bruce's Tribute to his Friend Stuart, a song called Go Now.

Is it a good buy? of course,

Is it a snapshot of a band riding the crest of their own particular "Popularity" wave, in tune, alive, you will also enjoy watching a symbiotic relationship blossom between band and fans.

The Barrowlands, (or Barras) IS the spiritual Home of this band, I know, i have been there, seen the cloud of steam/sweat rise above the first ten rows, i have had drink(s) bounced out of my hand here, listening, watching and joining in as 2000 people embrace the music, the atmosphere, and the beautiful thing that is Big Country Live in their temple.

This DVD released something in me that i last felt nearly a decade ago, on leaving the same venue after the "Final Fling" gig. The euphoria of leaving a Big Country Gig at the Barras, energised, shivering (from Adrenalin or Cold, who knows), all came back last night watching it again.

Watch it, Enjoy it. And see why this band mean so much to me and to many, many, many others.

 The best live band ever. Probably.

| | See all basingstoketownfc's reviews (1)

4 of the finest musicians around playing great songs would be good enough - encapsulate in the passion of the late Stuart Adamson (lead guitars/vocals), the 'no rock stars here' modesty of the band and the genuine mutual affection with the fans and this is special.

The majoriy of the songs are from the first album, The Crossing, which is, to me, one of the best and most original albums ever (give or take the dodgy over-dubbed drum start to the first track). Live, the passion of the band and their musical ability float upon the electric atmosphere in the venue. Bruce Watson's understated guitar playing allows the freedom for Stuart Adamson's lead guitar to soar. Coupled with the best rhythm section around, the playing of great songs is amazing. Tony Butler's bass playing is always unobtrusive but brilliant and Mark Brzezicki is one of the finest drummers ever - always busy on toms with nuances on hi-hats, ride and splash cymbals but always complementing the song. A genius (I don't say that lightly - send us the money Mark).

Musically, I find this hard to 'pigeon-hole'. At the time, a lot of comparisons were with U2, Simple Minds and even Staus Quo (me thinks not). Early Big Country is different, better, more original and more passionate than anything else I can think of. It's not for everyone I know but if you buy this and genuinely appreciate great songwriting, musicians and the magic that somtimes brings everything together this is a one-off and an absolute must. Buy it.

 BIG COUNTRY AT THIER BEST

| | See all hmonster's reviews (6)

Big country at thier best live and lovin it the energy on stage comes trough on the cd.enjoying back at the barrowlands after along tour in the states,back in thierb home land and just lovining it all the songs shown just why big country are the best rock band of the 80's and 90's and all the way trough to the last cd last year under bbw.i hope they carry on bring out such good music and live shows till they drop. A must for evey fan of big country and of rock bands.

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