Big Country – Live In Zaandam (NL) (1998)


Big Country are a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981.

The height of the band’s popularity was in the early to mid 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. The band’s music incorporated Scottish folk and martial music styles, and the band engineered their guitar-driven sound to evoke the sound of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.

And I got this rare item many years ago … and the original uploader wrote:

Second of the 1998 shows I have been working on. I got this in a trade a few years ago and although
I don’t have any lineage details, I reckon this is soundboard. Didn’t do too much to the recording other than bring the levels down a bit and try to take the drums down as they were heavy in the mix (you can still hear this a bit on the first couple of tracks but the engineer changes this later on..

And so I can present another very rare Big County bootleg … in superb sound boards quality !

Recorded live at the De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands, September 01, 1998

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Stuart Adamson (guitar, vocals)
Mark Brzezicki (drums)
Tony Butler (bass)
Bruce Watson (guitar)

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01. We’re Not In Kansas (Adamson) 7.34
02. You Dreamer (Adamson) 4.54
03. The President Slipped And Fell (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 2.59
04. Fragile Thing (Adamson/Watson) 5.35
05. Wonderland (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 6.23
06. Loserville (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 8.18
07. I’m Not Ashamed (Adamson) 7.22
08. Living By Memory (Adamson/Sutherland) 5.12
09. I Get Hurt (Adamson) 6.33
10. Ships (Where Were You) (Adamson/Watson) 7.24
11. Look Away (Adamson) 5.22
12. Restless Natives (Adamson) 4.55
13. Alone (Adamson) 5.19
14. In A Big Country (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 6.42
15. Chance (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 7.34
16. Fields Of Fire (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 7.21
17. Rocking In The Free World (Young) 6.38

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Big Country – Wonderland (Special Limited Edition) (1984)

FrontCover1.jpgBig Country are a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981.

The height of the band’s popularity was in the early to mid 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. The band’s music incorporated Scottish folk and martial music styles, and the band engineered their guitar-driven sound to evoke the sound of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.
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Big Country comprised Stuart Adamson (formerly of Skids, vocals/guitar/keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar/mandolin/sitar/vocals), Tony Butler (bass guitar/vocals) and Mark Brzezicki (drums/percussion/vocals). Before the recruitment of Butler and Brzezicki an early incarnation of Big Country was a five-piece band, featuring Peter Wishart (later of Runrig and now a Scottish National Party MP) on keyboards, his brother Alan on bass, and Clive Parker, drummer from Spizz Energi/Athletico Spizz ’80. Parker had approached Adamson to join his new band after the demise of Skids.


Adamson auditioned Parker (1980) at The Members’ rehearsal room in Ladbroke Grove, London and the next day was called on to play drums on demos for CBS Records at their Whitfield Street studios. The demos were produced by Adam Sieff and just featured Adamson, Parker and Watson. Adamson had asked bassist Dave Allen from Gang of Four to join the band but he declined. Adamson asked Parker to join the band, which led to eight months of rehearsal in Dunfermline in a disused furniture warehouse.

The culmination was a concert at the Glen Pavilion at Dunfermline and an interview with BBC Radio Scotland where the CBS Studio demos were utilised. The band then played live with Alice Cooper’s Special Forces tour for two concerts in 1982 at The Brighton Centre.

Butler and Brzezicki, working under the name ‘Rhythm for Hire,’ were brought in to play on “Harvest Home.” They immediately hit it off with Adamson and Watson, who invited them to join the band.


Big Country’s first single was “Harvest Home”, recorded and released in 1982. It was a modest success, although it did not reach the official UK Singles Chart. Their next single was 1983’s “Fields Of Fire (400 Miles)”, which reached the UK’s Top Ten and was rapidly followed by the album The Crossing. The album was a hit in the United States (reaching the Top 20 in the Billboard 200), powered by “In a Big Country”, their only US Top 40 hit single. The song featured heavily engineered guitar playing, strongly reminiscent of bagpipes; Adamson and fellow guitarist, Watson, achieved this through the use of the MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar Effect. Also contributing to the band’s unique sound was their use of the e-bow, a device which allows a guitar to sound more like strings or synthesizer. The Crossing sold over a million copies in the UK and obtained gold record status (sales of over 500,000) in the US. The band performed at the Grammy Awards and on Saturday Night Live.

Big Country released the non-LP extended play single “Wonderland” in 1984 while in the middle of a lengthy worldwide tour. The song, considered by some critics to be one of their finest, was a Top Ten hit (No. 8) in the UK Singles Chart[2] but, despite heavy airplay and a positive critical response, was a comparative flop in the US, reaching only No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the last single by the band to make the US charts. (by wikipedia)

And here´s is of their many “Special Edition” singles from the Eighties:

Booklet03A.jpg“Wonderland” and “Giant (one of their rare Insrumentals; it was the instrumental version of “All Fall Together”)  … not released on their second album “Steel Town” and “Lost Patrol” recoded live at their legendary New Year´s Eve Concert at Barrowland, Glosgow 1993/1994.

So, here´s another cance to discover “Big Country”, one of the finest bands from the Eighties … Listen and enjoy !


Stuart Adamson (guitar, vocals)
Mark Brzezicki (drums)
Tony Butler (bass)
Bruce Watson (guitar)


01. Wonderland 3.51
02. Giant 5.12
03. Lost Patrol (live) Part 1) 2.27
04. Lost Patrol (live) Part 2) 2.26

All songs written by Stuart Adamson – Mark Brzezicki – Tony Butler – Bruce Watson



Adamson returned for the band’s ‘Final Fling’ farewell tour, culminating in a sold-out concert at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on 31 May 2000. They played what turned out to be their last gig in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October that year.

In November 2001, Adamson disappeared again. Numerous appeals were put on the Big Country website asking for Adamson to call home and speak to anyone in the band, the management company, or his ex-wife. The website also requested that any fans who might have been ‘harbouring’ the singer to contact the management company and alert them to his whereabouts. Mark Brzezicki and Tony Butler had indicated they were concerned but the reason Big Country had lasted so long was they stayed out of one another’s personal lives, and both later noted they were unaware of the extent of Adamson’s problems. He was found dead in a room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii on 16 December 2001. (by wikipedia)

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Big Country – No Place Like Home (1991)

FrontCover1No Place Like Home is the fifth studio album by Scottish band Big Country, released in 1991. (see 1991 in music). Its title derives from a quote in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is referenced by the first track, “We’re Not in Kansas”. Dorothy’s statement was in turn taken from the famous poem and song Home! Sweet Home! by John Howard Payne and Henry Bishop. (by wikipedia)

By 1991, Big Country had decided to ditch the Scottish lilt theme from their sound, seemingly in a quest, not only to evolve from the 1980s music scene, but to make themselves more relevant to the US market. But, as was their mistake with 1988’s `Peace in Our Time’, they chose to work with another unsuitable American producer. Pat Moran had been engineer and producer for big-sounding, overblown prog rock metal outfits like Hawkwind, Budgie, Rush, Lou Gramm (from Foreigner), Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and for Dr Feelgood (though, he had also produced a few albums for Iggy Pop as well). But, for The Bigs, his approach did not seem to work very well.

Big Country’s sound, whether Scottish in flavour or not, is a big sound that needs big production. Curiously, given his evident background, Pat Moran does not deliver a big enough, or at least, the right kind of big sound for their music here.


It is a shame, because practically all the songs on `No Place like Home’ are actually quite good. Setting the tone with the twang of opening track, `We’re Not in Kansas’, the set (practically to the point of cliché) achieves an almost classically American sound – which is curious, given how critical its lyrics are of the US. Maybe that was meant to be irony! The sound, along with the awkward cover art, is also infused with a certain 60s psychedelia. This quality gives it another interesting dimension, even if it is somewhat under-realized.

Most of the tracks are rocky. But the use of cool effects, such as wah wah pedals, in some of the songs, are not strong enough in the mix to truly make them groove. Others wind up sounding a little ho hum. `We’re not in Kansas’, `Republican Party Reptile’, `The Hostage Speaks’, `Beautiful People’ (featuring banjos) and the reflective closing track, `Into the Fire’ are all great. There is even an echo of the soaring exuberance of their former selves on the excellent `Keep on Dreaming’. But the pièce de résistance is definitely `You, Me and the Truth’, an acid-rock imbued ballad which easily sits among the best songs the band ever wrote and recorded.


Stuart Adamson continued to try and Americanize his accent on this recording, an error that plagued Big Country’s later recordings to varying degrees. He gets away with it here, but unfortunately, it is just another factor that works against real sonic success for this fifth album. Another seems to be drummer Mark Brzezicki’s change from band member to session muso. All in all, though, it is reasonable. (by B. S. Marlay)


Stuart Adamson (guitar, vocals)
Tony Butler (bass, vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin)
Pat Ahern (drums on 15.)
Mark Brzezicki (drums, percussion)
Richie Close (piano)
background vocals:
Katie Kissoon – Carol Kenyon


01. We’re Not In Kansas (Adamson) 6.13
02. Republican Party Reptile (Adamson/Watson) 4.02
03. Dynamite Lady (Adamson) 5.36
04. Keep On Dreaming (Adamson)  4:00
05. Beautiful People (Adamson) 5.34
06. The Hostage Speaks (Adamson/Butler/Watson) 5.52
07. Beat The Devil (Adamson) 4.04
08. Leap Of Faith (Adamson) 5.44
09. You, Me And The Truth (Adamson) 5.19
10. Comes A Time (Adamson) 3.54
11. Ships (Adamson/Watson) 4.01
12. Into The Fire (Adamson/Butler/Watson) 5.54
13. Heart Of The World (Adamson) 3,46
14. Kiss The Girl Goodbye (Adamson) 5.12
15. Freedom Song (Adamson) 4.33



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Big Country – Peace In Our Time (VHS rip) (1988)

FrontCover1.jpgIn 1988, the Iron Curtain still existed. In September of that year, Big Country became the first Western band to play live in the Soviet Union promoted by a private individual (not the state) and before the general paying public (not an invited audience). The band released their Top Five album Peace In Our Time in September of 1988 and, after launching the album at the Russian Embassy in London, took 286 people to Moscow. The concert was recorded …

… and released as a VHS video the same year.

I guess this concert was a real highlight in the history of Big Country.

Great concert, albeit a bit short. Pity we don’t get more songs, but the ones we are given look/sound great; some of them were not played frequently live. The guys sure look like they’re having a good time. (Giorgio)

And I miss the great “Fields Of Fire” …. but … we should be happy, that we can watch this band … live in Moscow … at a time the Iron Curtain still existed …

Recorded (on 1 October 1988) as part of the Big Country ‘Peace In Our Time’ World Tour
at Palace Of Sports, Moscow.

Music - Big Country - Moscow, USSR

Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar)
Mark Brzezicki (drums)
Tony Butler (bass, background vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals)

Film Director: Storm Thorgerson


01. Peace In Our Time (Adamson) 5.20
02. Look Away (Adamson) 4.22
03. Wonderland (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.57
04. Broken Heart (Thirteen Valleys) (Adamson) 5.37
05. Steeltown (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 6.12
06. River Of Hope (Adamson) 4.31
07. Thousand Yard Stare (Adamson/Watson) 4.50
08. King Of Emotion (Adamson) 6.02
09. Chance (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 7.31
10. In A Big Country (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.36
11. Peace In Our Time (VHS rip) (Full Concert) 57.33











Frontcover of the special press kit for the show in Moscow
(included in this presentation)



Who holds the money, who holds the need
Who holds the strings of misery or the purse of greed
And the gunmen reap while the gangsters sow
And law is cheap when the smugglers go

Give us peace in our time
While I have a life to live
Then I have no life to give
Give us peace in our time

In sun-kissed rooms in city slums
Minds are restless till the airmail comes
From the forest floor to the western mind
Like a chat show topic on a party line
And the hardest love of all is to forgive
As the world comes tumbling down

Give us peace in our time
While I have a life to live
Then I have no life to give
Give us peace in our time

Let all the rain come down on blind desire
Like a thundercloud that holds a prairie fire
I hear the blame and I see the cause
A stronger voice and a stronger law
But buyers buy and sellers sell
Public consumption of a private hell

Give us peace in our time
While I have a life to live
Then I have no life to give
Give us peace in our time

Big Country – Steeltown (1984)

FrontCover1Steeltown is the second studio album by Scottish band Big Country. The album was recorded at ABBA’s Polar Studios in Stockholm with Steve Lillywhite producing. It was released on 19 October 1984, in the UK and 29 October 1984, in the United States. It was released on CD only in Germany, as well as remastered and reissued there.

Steeltown is the band’s only UK number 1 album, topping the chart for 1 week in October 1984. The title track Steeltown was written about the town of Corby, telling how many Scots went to work at the Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks when it opened in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, but later found themselves unemployed when the steelworks declined in the early 1980s. (Source: Melody Maker, 1984)

The 1996 reissue contains all of the B-sides from the album’s single releases as well as the extended version of “Wonderland”

“East Of Eden” was the only Top 20 single from the album, reaching #17 in the UK chart. (by wikipedia)

Ad“Clanging and crackling with energy, this second album from Big Country rings natural evolutionary changes on the band’s stirring twin-guitar sound even as it frames still better news: bandleader Stuart Adamson has rapidly matured into a songwriter capable of bringing meticulous craft to his obvious passion. (Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone)

For their second album, Big Country took a heavier direction, both in terms of sound and in lyrical content. Where their exuberant, mega successful 1983 debut, `The Crossing’, used their bagpipe guitar technique to tell somewhat mythical `Boys Own’ stories of heroic soldiers, ships and soaring romance, `Steeltown’ was a darker, more political work. It was full of social observation and examinations of the problems of the British working classes. The romance was still there, but it had become muted and tragic, the soldiers angry and disillusioned. In a way, `The Crossing’ could be seen as a patriotic call to arms and `Steeltown’ the awful post-war reality of husbands killed in war, dole queues and domestic violence.

Lead singer and guitarist, Stuart Adamson’s lyrics are more developed and poetic on `Steeltown’, telegraphing that he had very serious intentions for this band, which went far beyond the gimmick of their guitar sound. In grand imagery, the soaring hard rock attack of the opening track, `Flame of the West’, tells the tale of a visit by a rich politician or industrialist (US movie star President, Ronald Reagan?), to the impoverished mining towns. Adamson sets the tone for the album here – it is working class outrage. The slower, dirgier second track, `East of Eden’, is beautiful and angry, as he takes on the part of a worker in the modern industrial machine (“I looked west in search of freedom and I saw slavery, I looked east in search of answers and I saw misery”). Then the aggression of the towering, anthemic title track makes it abundantly clear that exploitation of the working classes is his main concern this time out (“We built all this with our own hands, But who could know we built on sand”).


The songs that follow look at the hypocrisy used to motivate young men to go to battle (`Where the Rose is Sown’), the plight of a young mother whose husband is killed in war (`Come Back to Me’) and the frustration of dead end work that ends in relationship breakdown (`Just a Shadow’). Other songs are less overt, but take on a resonance from those around them (`The Girl with Grey Eyes’, `The Great Divide’).

Adamson’s vocals are an impassioned cry on much of this album, but beautifully tender and sadly contemplative on the slower tracks (`The Girl with Grey Eyes’, `Just a Shadow). The musicianship is first rate throughout and Mark Brzezicki’s drumming is fantastic. Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, Souxie and the Banshees, XTC) once again produces, coating proceedings with a slick sheen while retaining just enough grit to keep it sounding authentic.


Though `Steeltown’ indisputably retains the Big Country sound, it is not an immediately accessible album, but it is one that delivers great rewards with repeated listens. (by B S Marlay)

I added the remastert versions from this LP as a bonus.


Stuart Adamson (guitar, piano, vocals)
Mark Brzezicki (drums, percussion, vocals)
Tony Butler (bass, vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin, sitar, vocals)


01. Flame Of The West 5.01
02. East Of Eden 4.29
03. Steeltown 4.39
04. Where The Rose Is Sown 4.58
05. Come Back To Me 4.35
06. Tall Ships Go 4.38
07. Girl With Grey Eyes 4.47
08. Rain Dance 4.19
09. The Great Divide 4.50
10. Just A Shadow 5.38

Music: Stuart Adamson – Mark Brzezicki – Tony Butler – Bruce Watson
Lyrics: Stuart Adamson



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Big Country – The Crossing (1983)

FrontCover1The Crossing is the first studio album released by Scottish band Big Country. The album reached #3 in the UK; overseas, it hit #4 in Canada on the RPM national Top Albums Chart and #18 in the US on the Billboard 200 in 1983. It went on to be certified platinum in the UK and Canada. It contains the song “In a Big Country” which is their only U.S. Top 40 hit single. The song featured heavily engineered guitar playing, strongly reminiscent of bagpipes; Adamson and fellow guitarist Watson achieved this through the use of the MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar Effect. Also contributing to the band’s unique sound was their use of the e-bow, a device which allows a guitar to sound more like strings or synthesizer.

:Critic Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone gave the album a glowing review, writing:“ Here’s a big-noise guitar band from Britain that blows the knobs off all the synth-pop diddlers and fake-funk frauds who are cluttering up the charts these days.

Big Country mops up the fops with an air-raid guitar sound that’s unlike anything else around, anywhere … Like the Irish band U2 (with whom they share young, guitar-wise producer Steve Lillywhite), Big Country has no use for synthesizers, and their extraordinary twin-guitar sound should make The Crossing a must-own item for rock die-hards”.


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 sparser 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. (by Tom Demalon)

This is one of my favorites bands… and their debut album is a classic album for his own !

Big Country

Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar, piano, e-bow)
Mark Brzezicki (drums, percussion, vocals)
Tony Butler (bass, vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin, sitar, vocals, e-bow)


01. In A Big Country 4.40
02. Inwards 4.36
03. Chance 4.21
04. 1000 Stars 3.53
05. The Storm 6.14
06. Harvest Home 4.16
07. Lost Patrol 4.46
08. Close Action 4.13
09. Fields of Fire (400 Miles) 3.28
10. Porrohman 7.49

All songs written by Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Bruce Watson




I’ve never seen you look like this without a reason
Another promise fallen through, another season passes by you


I never took the smile away from anybody’s face
And that’s a desperate way to look for someone who is still a child

In a big country, dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive

I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can’t stay here with every single hope you had shattered

I’m not expecting to grow flowers in a desert
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime

In a big country, dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive

In a big country, dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive

So take that look out of here, it doesn’t fit you
Because it’s happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded
Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming
Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can’t stay here with every single hope you had shattered

Shock, 1, 2

I’m not expecting to grow flowers in a desert
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime

In a big country, dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive

Stuart Adamson
William Stuart Adamson (11 April 1958 – 16 December 2001)

On 16 December 2001, his body was found in a closet in his room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to police, Adamson hanged himself with an electrical cord from a pole in the wardrobe. An empty wine bottle was found in the room. At the time of his death, Adamson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.279%

Big Country – Driving To Damascus (1999)

frontcover1Driving to Damascus is the eighth studio album by Scottish rock band Big Country. It was released in 1999 as both a standard edition and a limited edition digipack, and with bonus tracks in 2002. In the U.S. it was released under a different name, John Wayne’s Dream. The limited edition version featured different cover artwork, and included two tracks by Stuart Adamson’s alt-country side project, The Raphaels (“Shattered Cross” and “Too Many Ghosts”, subsequently released on the 2001 album “Supernatural”), although there was no indication in the credits that these were not by Big Country. Driving to Damascus marks the band’s last studio album to feature vocalist Stuart Adamson (who would die in 2001) and bassist Tony Butler (who retired from the band in 2012), and the last studio album until The Journey was released in 2013 with The Alarm vocalist Mike Peters taking over for Adamson and Simple Minds bassists Derek Forbes replacing Butler. (by wikipedia)

Frontcover of the US version of this album called “John Wayne´s Dream”

Big Country’s 1995 album, Why the Long Face, was a very tough act to follow. But they succeeded brilliantly with their first full-length studio album, Driving to Damascus. This is one of their finest moments, full of trademark Big Country sounds (the guitar, the heavy beat, and Adamson’s fantastic vocals). What sets this CD apart from their other releases is the strong use of melody tied together with heartbreaking stories and well-constructed arrangements. Listening to the harmony vocals melt with the guitars in “Fragile Thing,” it’s difficult not to be moved. Adamson has never sounded better, and the band is tighter than ever before. Hearing this album, it is hard to believe that the band was celebrating their 20-year anniversary and still sounding so fresh and excited. This is a group who have not mellowed out, but are able to structure melodic, driving songs. There are a couple of interesting points with this album. First, Ray Davies (of the Kinks) co-wrote two songs with Adamson (the brilliant “Somebody Else,” and the wonderful “Devil in the Eye”). To hear these, one would never guess that there was any involvement from Davies. The songs fit for Big Country, but would be out of place on a Davies’ or Kinks’ album. Also, the CD appears on the Track Records label (famous for Hendrix and the Who, to name two). It seems fitting that Big Country is signed to the resurrected label — it just fits. It is the mixture of old and new that helps Big Country form their own distinct (and brilliant) sound. This album is highly recommended. (by Aaron Badgley)


Stuart Adamson (guitar, vocals, mandolin, slide-guitar, synthesizer)
Mark Brzezicki (drums, vocals)
Tony Butler (bass, vocals, vibraphone)
Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin, sitar, slide-guitar)
Josh Phillips (keyboards)
background vocals:
Eddi Reader – Kirsten Adamson – Rafe McKenna


01. Driving To Damascus  (Adamson/Brzezicki/Watson) 3.58
02. Dive In To Me (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.02
03. See You (Adamson) 3.50
04. Perfect World (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.02
05. Somebody Else (Adamson/Davies) 4.04
06. Fragile Thing (Adamson/Watson) 4.33
07. The President Slipped And Fell (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 2.57
08. Devil In The Eye (Adamson/Davies) 4.15
09. Trouble The Waters (Adamson/Brzezicki/Watson) 4.10
10. Bella (Adamson) 3.34
11. Your Spirit To Me (Adamson) 5.13
12. Grace (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.10
The John Wayne’s Dream extra tracks:
13. Loserville (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler) 5.18
14. This Blood’s For You (Adamson) 3.43
15. I Get Hurt (Adamson) 4.30
16. John Wayne’s Dream (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler) 4.58





Big Country – Live Barrowland Glasgow (1983) (VHS rip)

frontcoverThis energetic show was recorded on New Year’s Eve 1983 in Glasgow, Scotland, near Big Country’s hometown. The show opens with the sounds of rain, thunder and lightning. After an earsplitting crash, the effects slowly fade, and the band breaks into “One Thousand Stars.” Big Country’s trademark guitars in their “bagpipe” mode cut through the song’s intro, leading into Adamson’s passionate vocals. The rest of the show is propelled by the band’s powerful rhythm section and the interplay between the twin guitar action of Adamson and Watson.

“We recorded that show at a venue called Barrowlands in Scotland,” said Mark Brzezicki. “When we tour, the gig we always look forward to is the gig on our home turf. The response at that gig is always exceptional.” “I was aware that I had to play me arse off during that period,” Brzezicki adds, “because we were coming off an important tour for us. Everything kept getting moved during that gig. There was a surge of people from the front of the stage. Complete mayhem, and the hottest gig I have done ever.” “Angle Park,” “Lost Patrol,” “Fields Of Fire” and the signature “In A Big Country” are all here, making this recording a true testament to the quintessential Big Country live show of that era.

bigcountry01“The excitement going on in the room that night was really a Scottish thing,” says Watson. “We tried to make it a huge party, as much as possible. We had just gotten back after three months in America. We loved America but we were missing home. And this show was a homecoming.” The performance was held in a hired ballroom, or dance hall, similar to the legendary Roseland dance hall in New York City.

Steve Lillywhite (the platinum producer best known for his work with The Rolling Stones and U2) was the engineer on recording of the show. Lilywhite had produced the band’s first two albums, and wanted to be part of this historic performance. “We knew that the show was going to be taped and shot on video and it was going to be broadcast live around the world, and in the States on the King Biscuit Flower Hour,” says Stuart Adamson.(by

The best concert ever. we need it released. I was there and it was the best night of my life.(by h m forrest)


Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar, piano)
Mark Brzezicki (drums)
Tony Butler (bass; background vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals)
Dundonald & Dysart Pipe Band


01. One Thousand Stars (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.25
02. Angle Park (Adamson/Watson) 4.32
03. Close Action (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.13
04. Lost Patrol (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.48
05. Wonderland (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.10
06. The Storm (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.16
07. Dundonald & Dysart Pipe Band Sequence (Traditional) 3.40
08. Porroh Man (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 7.51
09. Chance (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 5.56
10. Inwards (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 05:54
11.  Fields Of Fire (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 6.38
12. Harvest Home (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.38
13. Tracks Of My Tears (Robinson/Moore/Tarplin) 3.15
14. In A Big Country / Auld Lang Syne (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson/Traditional) 8.13





Various Artists – The Prince´s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (1987)

FrontCover1The Prince’s Trust celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 1986 with a concert at Wembley Arena attended by the then Prince and Princess of Wales. It is a more of a curiosity concert now in light of the fact that most of the stars and groups on show have either split up, moved on, or have shuffled off this planet (Stuart Adamson committed suicide years later) Inevitably, the performances are some of the big names at the time, for example, Suzanne Vega and Level 42 were top ten in England and Mark Knopfler was riding high post-BROTHERS IN ARMS with Dire Straits. Tina Turner and Eric Clapton duetted on “Better Be Good To Me”, Rod Stewart performed his classic “Sailing” …. and the concert culminates in Paul McCartney singing “Long Tall Sally” and “Get Back”with Tina Turner.

Professionally done with some good music to boot, THE PRINCES TRUST BIRTHDAY PARTY is more of interest now to fans of the decade.(by Doom Templer)

Nothing special in term of performances,it’s only a curious relic piece on collector’s shelve like mine to satisfy our addiction of music performed by our darling masterclas. (by Guitar Kiko)


Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Francis Rossi, George Chandler, Jimmy Chambers, Jimmy Helms, John Illsley, Mark King, Paul Young, Ray Cooper, Rick Parfitt, Samantha Brown*, Sting, Trevor Morais, Vicki Brown and much more


01. Dire Straits: Money For Nothing (Knopfler) 5.20
02. Midge Ure: Call Of The Wild (King/Mitchell/Ure) 4.21
03. Suzanne Vega: Marlene On The Wall (Vega) 3.16
04. Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight (Collins) 4.58
05. Big Country: Fields Of Fire (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.26
06. Howard Jones: No One Is To Blame (Jones) 4.12
07. Level 42: Something About You (Gould/King/Lindup/Gould/Badarou) 5.07
08. Elton John: I’m Still Standing (John/Taupin) 3.47
09. Joan Armatrading: Reach Out (Armatrading) 4.40
10. Tina Turner: Better Be Good To Me (Chinn/Chapman/Knight) 5.02
11. Rod Stewart: Sailing (Sutherland) 5.25
12. Paul McCartney: Get Back (Lennon/McCartney) 3.33
13. Paul McCartney: Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) 2.36



Big Country – Eclectic (1996)

FrontCover1 Big Country’s 1995 comeback with their album Why the Long Face included an accompanying tour. This CD is a representative package of that tour and it is also a terrific album. Culled from two stripped down, acoustic performances, this particular live recording is interesting due to the choice of songs. None of the hits are here, with the exception of “King of Emotion,” but rather favorite album cuts, as well as cover versions. Quite honestly, the cover versions, while remaining faithful to the originals, become Big Country songs. Although this is an acoustic set, this is not an “unplugged show.” Their trademark guitar sound is there, accompanied by Mark Brzezicki’s heavy beat. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is a prime example. The basic song structures remains somewhat the same, however Adamson’s tone and the tight playing of the band make it their own.

LiveThe same can be said for all the covers, and what interesting choices they are: “Eleanor Rigby,” “Summertime,” “Big Yellow Taxi” (featuring stunning vocals from Carol Laula), “I’m on Fire,” and Steve Harley’s “Sling It,” featuring Steve Harley on vocals. It is a strong CD full of great songs, played very well. While fans of Big Country will love this collection, it has a wide appeal to music fans in general. (by Aaron Badgley)

Recorded live at Dingwalls, London, March 20-21, 1996

Stuart Adamson (vocals, guitar)
Mark Brzezicki (drums, background vocals)
Tony Butler (bass, background vocals)
Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin)
Aaron Emerson (keyboards on 02., 04. – 06., 08., 12. + 13.)
Steve Harley (vocals on 09.)
Carol Laula (vocals on 03.)
Kym Mazelle (vocals on 02., 05.)
Hossam Ramzy (percussion on 01., 03., 07., 09., 11. + 12.)
Mohammed Toufiq (percussion on 01., 03., 07., 09., 11. + 12.)
Bobby Valentino (violin)

01. River Of Hope (Adamson) 4.06
02. King Of Emotion (Adamson) 4.10
03. Big Yellow Taxi (Mitchell) 3.50
04. The Buffalo Skinners (Watson/Adamson) 5.58
05. Summertime (G.Gershwin/Heyward/I.Gershwin) 3.57
06. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robertson) 3.44
07. Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney) 3.47
08. Winter Sky (Watson/Adamson) 4.06
09. Sling It (Harley) 3.04
10. I’m On Fire (Springsteen) 2.39
11. Where The Rose Is Sown (Watson/Brzezicki/Adamson/Butler) 4.10
12. Come Back To Me (Watson/Brzezicki/Adamson/Butler) 4.43
13. Ruby Tuesday (Jagger/Richards) 4.14