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Restless Natives & Rarities Import, Original recording remastered

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Double CD Includes the Restless Natives Soundtrack and Rare Tracks Prev Unavailable on CD. Digitally Remastered. Rare Songs Include Kiss the Girl Goodbye, Song of the South, Blue on a Green Planet, the Longest Day, etc.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000898Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher R. Cicatelli on November 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Restless Natives & Rarities" is excellent. Having been a BC fan since the early eighties, i jumped all over this collection of true, spirited classics from this Scottish band. The soundtrack to "Restless Natives" (an indie film from Scotland) is worth the price of the CD alone. The soundtrack is amazing...taking you deep into the heart of the Big Country sound and musicianship. The ghostly moan of the guitars...that bagpipe sound filtering through like a floating image on a foggy night...the pounding, heavy drum section....the beautiful interwoven bass lines...the soaring vocals...the powerful images of the frontier, the harsh seasons, the clouds of grey, "the winter sky" and of course the words...those lyrics....i know, i sound ridiculous. but i'm telling you, if you love Big Country...or if you've only heard a couple of tunes from this great band ("In a Big Country", "Look Away") this 2-CD set is a must...great b-sides previously unreleased ("The Longest Day", "Kiss The Girl Goodbye", "On The Shore") and of course, the soundtrack to "Restless Natives" that will leave your jaw on the floor for about 36-minutes ....i can't get this CD out of my stereo system...i have it at work...i have it at home...it never leaves my car...it is the ultimate collection of classic Big Country...Restless Natives and all.
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I bought this CD collection because I absolutely have to have every Big country album ever made. "Restless Natives" will put you "alone upon the hills and snow" and will guide you "through summer sun and winter snow" where the "eagle was lord above". If you are a big fan of BC you will LOVE this CD.
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I stumbled on this one,I knew it was out there on the web but never really expected to be lucky enough to find a CD store owner with enough old fashioned common sense to actually have one in stock, I really bought it for the title track which I had on very old 12 inch vinyl. This is a gem and as soon as you turn down the lights, rip the top off a McEwans extra and skip to track 6 on CD 1 you will be transported to another place , I had to wait about 25 minutes until the passage came in and although there is a different , instrumental rendition early in track 6 the version with lyrics is the best, Adamsons voice sounds the best it could and better than any other song I have heard of BC, worth the search.Other stand outs are Äll fall together, (also released as "giant" on a B side but with no vocals), On the shore, plus many others. If you see this available here, grab it QUICK!
Thank you.
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From the title you might think this was a collection of lesser material. But it brings together a lot of stuff that the Big Country fan will find absolutely essential.
It also serves as a rather complete introduction to what the band has been all about over the past two decades.
One note: People who don't know about the film, "Restless Natives", might be puzzled by the soundtrack-like music on one of the disks of this two-CD set. Well, it is soundtrack music to a very fine, funny, moving Scottish film (if you liked the much more famous "Trainspotting", you will like "Restless Natives").
Standout cuts from the 2 CD set: Song of the South, Kiss the Girl Goodbye, The Longest Day. All of these are great guitar rock songs and you have to wonder how they got to be rarities/album outtakes.
However, this double CD is worth it just for the "Restless Natives" music, which I keep playing over and over. It brings in a lot of Celtic folk sounds as well as harder rock, but there is a cinematic coherence to it all, even if you haven't seen the movie. If you like Aztec Camera or some of the soundtrack work Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits has done, this music is for you. Although "Restless Natives" was directed by Michael Hoffman, it is clearly influenced by Scottish director, Bill Forsyth.
If you don't have this Big Country l.p., along with the band's studio l.p.s, "Buffalo Skinners", "Why the Long Face", and last year's "Driving to Damascus", you are missing out on some of the best music of the 1990s. Perhaps the lost rock chords of the 20th century.
I mean that with something like the earnestness that this band writes and plays music (I hope).
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This is really good. If you liked anything Big Country has done then have no fear buying this, its all good. In the liner notes it claims that some of the songs have an "unfinished" feel to them. If anything I think thats a plus. As much as I like Big Country I sometimes thought were a little overwrought. The songs here show that Stuart Adamson and co can write really powerful songs, and just let those songs speak for themselves. Its a little mellower and more cheerful than some their early stuff, and I still haven't heard a better rythmn section than what Big Country kicks out! These guys fill the valleys and shake the hills!
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I love this cd its made up of unreleased tracks and B sides previously unavailible on cd before now. I guess the track I thrash the most is Restless Natives from the film of the same name.
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