BIG COUNTRY ‘WONDERLAND’ ETS 2549-50 and “LIVE” Day side/Night side

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Japan: 1984 – they toured Japan in April/May of 1984

Source: Supposedly from the KBFH broadcast recorded live at the Ritz in NYC in the fall of 1983 but finding songs on the ETS album that were not broadcast casts doubt upon this. If you own this bootleg, please report back if this sounds like a US radio broadcast or more like an audience recording (from Japan).

 

2549 A:  1000 Stars / Angle Park / Close Action / Balcony / Lost Patrol
2549 B:  In A Big Country / The Storm / Porroh Man
2550 A:  Chance / Inwards / Boy About Town / Fields Of Fire / Wonderland
2550 B:  Harvest Home / Tracks Of My Tears / In A Big Country

 

Big Country
Ritz (New York, NY)
Oct 23, 1983

 
    1 1000 Stars 04:32
    2 Harvest Home 04:09
    3 Close Action 04:18
    4 Balcony 04:01
    5 Lost Patrol 04:38
    6 Porroh Man 08:18
    7 The Storm 06:31
    8 In A Big Country 04:25
    9 Chance 06:11
    10 Angle Park 03:51
    11 Fields Of Fire 05:54
    12 Tracks Of My Tears 03:39
    13 Inwards 05:45

“This Big Country performance, the first of two originally recorded for broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, finds the band in top form, during a tour promoting their incredibly successful debut album, The Crossing.

Hailing from Scotland, the group had burst onto both the European and U.S. charts at the same time with different songs; “Fields Of Fire” was a Top 10 hit in the U.K., while “In A Big Country” (where the band lifted its name) was a massive stateside success.

Those two songs, in addition to the best of others from The Crossing are featured on this show, recorded at the intimate Ritz club/theater in Manhattan. Composed of former Skids member Stuart Adamson on vocals, guitar and piano, Mark Brzezicki on drums, Tony Butler on bass and Bruce Watson on guitar, the band became known for its fat, multi-layered dual guitar sound, which often sounded as though Adamson and Watson were playing a set of Bagpipes – a sound they achieved with the use of a foot pedal named the MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar Effect.

The band released several albums after The Crossing, and toured through the late 1990s, but never saw the same success or critical acclaim. Tragically, the band fell apart when Adamson, battling depression, committed suicide. Brzezicki and Butler would go on to be the rhythm section in Pete Townshend’s solo band.

Among the surprises here is a tender read of the Smokey Robinson and The Miracles classic “Tracks Of My Tears.” ” [source: concertvault.com]

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European (Spanish) bootleg with “Day Side/Night Side” labels and fake origin details on the back cover (which still fool some today):

Matrix: BC-25120/A  –  BC-25120/B

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