|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)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|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.
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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||7FLX||FLEXI 23||one-sided flexi disc issued w. Trouser Press|
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