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Everything’s Inwards: “Big Country At The BBC” Box Announced

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Big Country At The BBCThree decades after their signature hit “In a Big Country” became one of the best rock songs of the decade, Mercury will celebrate the legacy of the Scottish band with a new live box set this summer.

Big Country At The BBC is a 3CD/1DVD box collecting just about everything the BBC recorded pertaining to Big Country between 1982 and 1990. Included are two Radio 1 sessions with Kid Jensen and John Peel in 1982 and 1983 as well as live dates from 1983, 1984, 1988 and 1989, from Hammersmith Palais to the Soviet embassy in London. A DVD collects various performances for Top of the PopsThe Old Grey Whistle TestOxford Road Show and others, including a host of live material and a rare interview with the band conducted by Richard Jobson, who was bandmates with late Big Country frontman Stuart Adamson in the Scottish punk outfit The Skids (the pair wrote one of their signature songs, “The Saints Are Coming.”)

The set comes in an oversize box with a 32-page hardback book featuring liner notes by author Tim Barr and rare photos. An exclusive poster and postcard set also appears in the box for collectors to enjoy.

Big Country At The BBC is announced as the band – fronted by Mike Peters of The Alarm since 2010 – release The Journey, their first new LP in 14 years. It’s out either June 24 (per Amazon U.K.) or July 29 (per Universal Music’s site).

An annotated track list and pre-order link is after the jump.

Big Country At The BBC (Mercury (U.K.), 2013)

* denotes previously unreleased tracks

Disc 1

  1. Harvest Home (Kid Jensen Session, BBC Radio 1 – 8/23/1982)
  2. Close Action (Kid Jensen Session, BBC Radio 1 – 8/23/1982)
  3. Heart & Soul (Kid Jensen Session, BBC Radio 1 – 8/23/1982)
  4. Angle Park (Kid Jensen Session, BBC Radio 1 – 8/23/1982)
  5. Inwards (John Peel Session, BBC Radio 1 – 2/22/1983)
  6. A Thousand Stars (John Peel Session, BBC Radio 1 – 2/22/1983)
  7. Close Action (John Peel Session, BBC Radio 1 – 2/22/1983)
  8. Porrohman (John Peel Session, BBC Radio 1 – 2/22/1983)
  9. Balcony (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *
  10. Lost Patrol (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *
  11. The Storm (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *
  12. In a Big Country (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *
  13. Angle Park (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *
  14. Fields of Fire (Live @ Hammersmith Palais, London – 3/29/1983) *

Disc 1, Tracks 1-8 released as Radio 1 Sessions (Night Tracks CDNT007 (U.K.), 1994)

Disc 2 *

  1. Harvest Home (Live @ The Reading Festival – 8/26/1983)
  2. Close Action (Live @ The Reading Festival – 8/26/1983)
  3. The Storm (Live @ The Reading Festival – 8/26/1983)
  4. Fields of Fire (Live @ The Reading Festival – 8/26/1983)
  5. Lost Patrol (Live @ Wembley Stadium – 6/28/1984)
  6. In a Big Country (Live @ Wembley Stadium – 6/28/1984)
  7. Porrohman (Live @ Wembley Stadium – 6/28/1984)
  8. Inwards (Live @ Wembley Stadium – 6/28/1984)
  9. Peace in Our Time (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)
  10. Look Away (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)
  11. Broken Heart (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)
  12. Thousand Yard Stare (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)
  13. King of Emotion (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)
  14. River of Hope (Live @ the Soviet Embassy, London – 9/22/1988)

Disc 3: Live At The Hammersmith Odeon – 1/23/1989

  1. Peace in Our Time
  2. Look Away *
  3. Wonderland
  4. Broken Heart *
  5. Just a Shadow *
  6. Thousand Yard Stare *
  7. The Seer
  8. Come Back to Me
  9. The Travellers
  10. King of Emotion
  11. East of Eden *
  12. Restless Natives *
  13. Tracks of My Tears *
  14. Fields of Fire

Disc 4: DVD

Top of the Pops performances:

  1. Fields of Fire (3/24/1983)
  2. In a Big Country (April 1983)
  3. Chance (May 1983)
  4. East of Eden (9/27/1984)
  5. Look Away (1986)
  6. King of Emotion (8/23/1988)

Other live performances:

  1. Fields of Fire (Oxford Road Show – 2/25/1983)
  2. Close Action (The Old Grey Whistle Test – 3/29/1983)
  3. A Thousand Stars (The Old Grey Whistle Test – 3/29/1983)
  4. Just A Shadow (Oxford Road Show – 2/8/1985)
  5. Interview with Richard Jobson
  6. Heart of the World (Live @ Wembley Stadium for The Prince’s Trust – 7/18/1990)

Live at Sefton Park, Liverpool – 7/2/1983 (recorded for Pop Carnival)

  1. Porrohman
  2. The Storm
  3. In a Big Country
  4. Chance
  5. Angle Park
  6. Fields of Fire

Live at The Playhouse, Edinburgh – 12/31/1984 (recorded for The Old Grey Whistle Test)

  1. Just a Shadow
  2. The Storm
  3. Chance
  4. Where the Rose is Sown
  5. Come Back to Me
  6. A Thousand Stars
  7. Harvest Home
  8. Interview with Billy Sloan

Live at The Hexagon, Reading – 4/14/1986 (recorded for The Old Grey Whistle Test)

  1. Wonderland
  2. Where the Rose is Sown
  3. Remembrance Day
  4. I Walk the Hill
  5. Look Away
  6. Chance
  7. The Teacher
  8. In a Big Country
  9. Inwards
  10. Harvest Home
  11. Fields of Fire

Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2013 at 16:07

Posted in Big Country, Box Sets, News

3 Responses

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  1. This looks fantastic, especially the DVD. Hopefully it’s NTSC and Region 0 or 1. Thanks for the detailed info on this release I was already excited about.

  2. And yet, here in the USA,  “JOURNEY” was listed as out April 30th (and published so in BILLBOARD Magazine) and I can’t find it anywhere… Ironic that band tours the US without a new album out? Yikes on the timing…. TR

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    R.Todd Richards

    May 7, 2013 at 21:51

    • I got my copy of “The Journey” from Amazon last week. I doubt there are many brick & mortar retailers that would carry it, so online is the best option. It’s a very good album, recapturing some of the sound of their early recordings. It couldn’t be the same without Stuart Adamson, but if you accept the new Big Country as a separate band carrying on the tradition of the original band, it’s very enjoyable. I just wish they hired a producer instead of handling that themselves.


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