Big Country

Rarities III

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Although Big Country had their commercial peak in the mid-'80s, they were an active studio and live band up until the death of lead singer Stuart Adamson in 2001. This collection of B-sides, demos, and previously unreleased tracks is the third in the band's rarities series, and while nothing here will convert the uninitiated, fans of Big Country will find a lot to like, beginning with the stripped-down "Ages of Man" which kicks off the set. The twin e-bow "bagpipe" guitar attack that was Big Country's signature sound is not much in evidence, save for "I Am a Small Republic," but folks looking for solid hard rock with sharp, well-arranged guitars won't be disappointed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:29 Spotify
2 3:57 Spotify
3 3:29 Spotify
4 5:33 Spotify
5 5:18 Spotify
6 3:28 Spotify
7 4:39 Spotify
8 6:18 Spotify
9 5:09 Spotify
10 3:54 Spotify
11 5:18 Spotify
12 3:35 Spotify
13 4:20 Spotify
14 5:53 Spotify
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