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Big Country – In A Big Country (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 4th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

“In a Big Country” is a song by Scottish rock band Big Country from their 1983 debut studio album The Crossing released in early summer 1983. The single reached its highest overall national position in Canada, hitting No. 3 on the RPM Top Singles Chart on November 26, 1983. The song reached No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1983. The song was released in the US in the fall of 1983 and peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of that year.

The band is often described as a one-hit wonder for the popularity of “In a Big Country” in the United States, though they continued to have success in Europe and were a prolific touring band famous for their live shows more than their studio albums. Frontman Stuart Adamson once remarked about the song in an interview, part of which was shown on a VH1 special celebrating “one-hit-wonders” that, “If we’re known for nothing more than just that one song, I’d be pretty happy with that.”

SIDE A:
In A Big Country (Pure Mix) 6:19

SIDE B:
All Of Us 4:11
Producer – Big Country, Will Gosling

In A Big Country 3:55

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 In A Big Country U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #17
1983 In A Big Country U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #3

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Mercury ‎– COUNT 312
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Pop Rock

CREDITS:
Artwork By [Sleeve] – JB Country Club
Photography – Paul Cox
Producer – Steve Lillywhite
Written-By – Big Country

NOTES:
From the LP “THE CROSSING”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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30 Responses to “Big Country – In A Big Country (UK 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    Awesome… 🙂

    Thanks for the rip Paul…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  2. mothloop Says:

    Poor Stuart A… Great song!! Emm… does the cover scan look right on your browser? On mine the title font looks weird. Regardless thanks and keep on keepin’ on

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    There was a mistake with the artwork. However I have corrected it and re-uploaded the files.

    – DjPaulT

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    mothloop Reply:

    I know you must perform tireless restoration on all these twelves. I Hope I didn’t come off as a prick, I was only trying to help 🙂 Everyone needs so see the results of that kind of quality work!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    No offense taken Mothloop thanks for helping 🙂

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  3. Rick Says:

    Paul ~ while I’ve always said your V2D rips are absolutely the best I’ve ever heard, I’m delighted that you’ve quit Click Repair and are now manually removing clicks.Keep up the awesome work: your hard work and ongoing excellence are really appreciated!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Rick 🙂

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  4. dazz22 Says:

    Fantastic band one hit wonder not sure the Crossing was a major success in the states im led to belive they were fantastic live still shocked he took his own life

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I had no idea about the suicide i’m very sad now.

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  5. Jeff Says:

    What a thunderous and great dance mix this was Paul. This makes me happy, especially after hearing of Joan River’s passing. Music can really heal and I do appreciate all of your fabulous work on these classics Paul.

    Many thanks,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff this is another one of my favs great and uplifting 🙂

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  6. micmij Says:

    Thanks for this, Paul! I love all the extended mixes that Steve Lillywhite did for Big Country.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Micmij 🙂

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  7. David Says:

    The first time I heard this song I had no idea it would become one of my favorite 80’s tunes. Catchy, triumphant and original as anything – no one has since succeeded as well at having the guitar play the bagpipes part in a rock/pop song.

    Great play, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks David this song is pure genious 🙂

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  8. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul once again for an excellent post.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  9. Johan Erikson Says:

    Thanks Paul, Big Country were such an excellent band. RIP Stuart Adamson, gone too soon (back in 2001, 13 years ago already).

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Johan Stuart was a great singer miss him 🙂

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  10. PFerrari Says:

    I used to play this in the club quite a bit when it first came out. I always liked Lilywhite’s production; anything that he had a hand in was worth checking out.

    Remember that mini-fad bands first single had the same title as their name? Big Country, General Public, Public Image come most easily to mind. Coincidence or marketing?

    Keep up the great work.

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  11. Jason Says:

    Thanks for this rip Paul. I always enjoyed the instrumental “All of Us”. Could never keep still to it.

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  12. Sean Says:

    Thanks, Paul.

    An all time favorite. Can’t wait to hear the “Pure Mix”.

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  13. Goodguy Says:

    Thanks Paul. This kind of continues in the Midge vein since Mark is a regular collaborator of his.

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  14. Junior Says:

    Great band, love this single too.

    Thanks for the post, Paul 🙂

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  15. brett Says:

    Thank you for this upload. I use to have the 12″ long ago. Big Country had a few charting hits in Australia like ‘Wonderland’,’Look Away’ and ‘In A Big Country’. You don’t have the 12″ of ‘Fields Of Fire’? That was another great song from their debut album.

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  16. Dean Says:

    Thank you, Paul!

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  17. derek Says:

    Great pick! I always love Big Country’s mixes. Many of them were so unique to their time!

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  18. woz Says:

    Great band and song. We lost a fantastic voice and friend when Stuart departed. Thanks for the rip, Paul!

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  19. gingr Says:

    thank you!

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