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  • Audio CD (December 17, 2010)
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  • ASIN: B004GNERN8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. We're Not In Kansas
2. Kiss The Girl
3. Leap Of Faith
4. Republican Party Reptile
5. Ships
6. The Hostage Speaks
7. You, Me And The Truth
8. Dynamite Lady
9. Beautiful People
10. Return Of The Two Headed King
11. Save Me
12. Beat The Devil
13. Heart Of The World

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Christen on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is in my opinion the best of the Big Country 'Rarities' CDs.
While Rarities 1 and 2 were focusing on B-Sides, Rarities 3 covered a lot of unreleased versions and the 'Rarities IV' CD was focusing on the very early years around 'The Crossing' album. Rarities 5 covers the years around the 'No Place Like Home' CD and it shows, how this CD should have sounded. When I put it on for the first time, it just blew me away. These early versions of the 'No Place Like Home' sessions have so much more energy than the originally released songs. Especially 'Kiss the Girl', Party Reptile' or 'Ships' sound brilliant ! This album shows, how Big Country were ready for the next big step (which they eventually took with 'The Buffalo Skinners' but were held back by poor engineering. Again, if you are a Big Country Fan, then you have heard all these songs before in their official versions, but trust me, these recordings here will make you fall in love with these songs all over again. The songs on this CD are :
We're not in Kansas
Kiss the girl
Leap of Faith
Republican Party Reptile
Ships
The Hostage speaks
You, me and the Truth
Dynamite Lady
Beautiful People
Return of the two headed king
Save me
Beat the Devil
Heart of the World
Unlike the other 'rarities' CDs, I think this one is not only for Big Country collectors, but for everyone who loves great rock songs. If you have not done so, go and buy also any of their official studio releases (especially the first three albums 'The Crossing', 'Steeltown' or 'The Seer') or the fantastic live double CD 'Come out Screaming'. I personally look forward to the next 'rarities' session which hopefully focuses on the recordings around 'Steeltown' and 'The Seer'.
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The Big Country Rarities CDs (there are 9 so far) are, outside of the first two or maybe three, really for the fans. Rarities V here covers the songs that came to be Big Country's "No Place Like Home" album, one that wasn't initially released in the States and the one that followed the lackluster "Peace In Our Time". I actually quite like NPLH. It was absent the absolutely fabulous Mark Brzezecki (sp?), BC's incredible drummer, but it has some really stand-up songs on it. Here on this Rarities we're treated to the songs the way that the BC of that time originally supposed they'd be releasing them. Truth to tell the differences between the releases (minus production) are usually pretty subtle, amounting to a few different musical structures here and there. Overall there is fairly little difference on most of the songs IMO with the exceptions of "The Hostage Speaks" with the actual release, not the "rarity" here, being the better release and less significantly "We're Not In Kansas" and "Republican Party Reptile".

If you're not a fan but an interested party pick NPLH. If you're a fan and are hoping for some major revelatory differences...don't. They're not really here.
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By D. Wolf on July 26, 2007
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I understand it when another reviewer says this CD disappoints after listening to The Buffalo Skinners; nothing can follow that record (and for anyone who does not have it, spend whatever you need to in order to get it!), but for a Rarities collection, V definitely is worth buying. V has a good alternative version of "Ships." Big Country has actually released four or five versions (including live performances) and they all contribute to my appreciation of the song. I listen to them all, and they are quite different from each other. "Kiss the Girl" is great. I like the alternate version of "Beautiful People" on this CD even better than the original (and I love the original). I think the version of "Save Me" on this CD has more energy than the one on Best Of Big Country CD. I can't get enough of "You, Me, and the Truth." If you are a Big Country fan, do yourself a favor and get this collection.
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This batch of rarities covers a lot of the material from the "No Place Like Home" album. Personally, I really like this collection. I loved the album "No Place Like Home" but in some cases found it just a bit too polished and perfectly rendered - I love Big Country's live material (especially check out "Come Up Screaming" and acoustic material (check out "One in a Million").

As such, I like to hear their music a bit closer to the original versions before they get polished and smoothed out. This "rarities" album really delvers with smoking versions of songs like "Ship", "Save Me", "Beat the Devil",and "Heart of the World". The rest of the tracks are good too, although I found the version of "Beautiful People" (one of my favorites) not quite as good as the album version.

Overall, for Big Country fans, this is an essential album. The slightly different versions give another level of depth to the thought involved in crafting them and form a nice comparison to the studio album. For casual fans of Big Country, I'd recommend sticking to the studio album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ciufecu on August 7, 2005
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I only have one other of the Rarities series (Rarities II) and I loved it, but I was really dissapointed in Rarities V; to me it sounds very dry and stale, with no passion or emotion. Something is missing and I have yet to put my figner on it.

I read somewhere that Rarities V captured what the album "No Place Like Home" should have sounded like, and if so, it tells me just how bad NPLH realy is.

In defense of Rarities V, I must say that I gave it a listen just after my first time listening to Buffalo Skinners; the contrast is incredible, I think BS is awesome and to listen to Rarities V after BS is just not fair!
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