814 467-7 In A Big Country
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Released on May 1983
UK CHART POSITION #17 . . . US CHART POSITION #17 (charted OCT. 22, 1983 for 15 weeks)
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814 467-7 wo. picture sleeve
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M en made in the crossing, their anthem rising over the highlands and drifting toward us on the same tide that brought the call and the alarm. Definitely one for the fresh new sounds of 1983, they made a fan of me in the moment I heard this song. The single version sounds like a different mix than the elpee version, smoother and shorter where the latter was edgy. You’d sell your soul (metaphorically speaking) to write a song like this, and for an instant it looked like they might make it big in this country. But Americans didn’t seem to be hungry for more, instead content to gnosh on an alternative sampler plate that included Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Split Enz, etc. If you tuned in for Wonderland and Steeltown, give yourself a gold star for loyalty. The B side is a nonalbum track, “All of Us,” that features the same idiosyncratic sound but in a less-pressurized setting. It was later added to the 1996 Mercury remaster.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IN A BIG COUNTRY    (Big Country)    3:55
  2. ALL OF US    (Big Country)    4:09

    UK/AUS'L 12-inch single track listing
  3. IN A BIG COUNTRY (PURE MIX)
  4. IN A BIG COUNTRY (ORIGINAL MIX)
  5. ALL OF US

    US 12-inch promo single track listing
  6. IN A BIG COUNTRY (LP VERSION)
  7. IN A BIG COUNTRY (SINGLE VERSION)

    UK CD single track listing
  8. IN A BIG COUNTRY
  9. FIELDS OF FIRE
  10. CHANCE
  11. PORROH MAN
  12. IN A BIG COUNTRY (VIDEO)

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1983 Mercury 7"/12 COUNT3/312 picture sleeve
US/AUS'L October 1983 Mercury 7" 814 467-7  
US 1983 Mercury 12PRO PRO 221  
US 1983 Mercury 7FLX FLEXI 23 one-sided flexi disc issued w. Trouser Press
AUS'L 1983 Mercury 12 812 467  
CAN 1983 Vertigo 7" SOV2329 picture sleeve
JPN 1983 Mercury 7" 7PP-111 picture sleeve
UK 1988 Mercury CDS 080 070  

 

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