5 Big night for Big Country...londoncalling | 07/01/2010 | See all londoncalling's reviews (42)Top 100 Reviewer Top 10 Music Reviewer 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.