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Out Beyond The River: The Compulsion Years Anthology Boxset (5CD+DVD)

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Out Beyond The River: The Compulsion Years Anthology Boxset (5CD+DVD)
Out Beyond The River: The Compulsion Years Anthology Boxset (5CD+DVD)


  • A new 5 Disc boxed set anthology (5CDs / 1 DVD) celebrating the recordings of Scottish rock giants Big Country, made between 1993 and 1994 for Chrysalis Records imprint Compulsion
  • Featuring 71 tracks on five discs, including the albums ‘The Buffalo Skinners’ and the double live album ‘Without The Aid Of A Safety Net’, recorded at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on 29 December 1993.
  • Includes rare B-Sides / bonus tracks, US radio mixes, previously unreleased instrumental demos, plus the original demo for every track on ‘The Buffalo Skinners’ album.
  • DVD includes highlights from the Glasgow Barrowlands concert, together with promo videos for the singles ‘Ships’ and ‘Alone’

Cherry Red Records are pleased to announce the release of “Out Beyond The River: The Complete Compulsion Recordings”, a newly remastered six disc boxed set featuring the original classic line-up of Scottish rock giants Big Country, fronted by the late Stuart Adamson.

The Eighties had seen Big Country rack up four consecutive UK Top 10 albums and 12 UK Top 40 singles. “The Crossing”, their 1983 debut album, had spent 80 weeks on the charts and cracked the Top 20 in the US, while their second album, “Steeltown”, had gone straight in at No. 1. And the Nineties had got off to a good start too: their greatest hits collection “Through A Big Country” entered the chart at No. 2, and was only kept from the top spot by another best of, The Carpenters’ “Only Yesterday”. Despite all this success, a difference of opinion with their label meant all was not well in the Big Country camp.

However Big Country had a friend and ally in Chris Briggs, the man who had originally signed them ten years earlier. Following huge success with Robbie Williams, in 1992 EMI gave Briggs his own imprint, Compulsion Records. In a press release to announce Big Country as his ‘new’ signing he said, “I went to see the band on the last tour, and thought they were better now than then (when I first signed them)”.

‘The Buffalo Skinners’ restored Big Country to the Top 40, peaking at No. 25 on the album chart. In a review for Q magazine an ambivalent 3-star review from Johnny Black ended, “It couldn’t be anyone other than Big Country and, if Adamson can maintain this level of quality control in the songs, his band may rise again.” Neil McKay of Sunday Life described the album as "rousing and tuneful as in (Big Country's) early heyday".

In 2004 Ian Cranna writing in Record Collector described “Without A Safety Net” as “Big Country at their best. Honest,


  1. Name
  2. Alone
  3. Seven Waves
  4. What Are You Working For
  5. The One I Love
  6. Long Way Home
  7. The Selling Of America
  8. We?re Not In Kansas
  9. Ships
  10. All Go Together
  11. Winding Wind
  12. Pink Marshmallow Moon
  13. Chester?s Farm
  14. The One I Love (Us Mix)
  15. Never Take Your Place
  16. Eastworld
  17. Buffalo Skinners (Demo)
  18. Rockin? In The Free World
  19. Woodstock
  20. Oh Well
  21. (Don?t Fear) The Reaper
  22. Buffalo Skinners
  23. Cracked Actor
  24. Paranoid
  25. Ships (Radio Edit)
  26. Alone (Radio Edit)
  27. We?re Not In Kansas (Us Alternate Mix)
  28. The One I Love (Dave Thoener Mix)
  29. I Am A Small Republic
  30. Dragging My Name (Audiocraft Demo)
  31. Seven Waves (Instrumental Demo)
  32. Eastworld (Instrumental Demo)
  33. What Are You Working For (Instrumental Demo)
  34. Alone (Demo)
  35. Seven Waves (Demo)
  36. What Are You Working For (Audiocraft Demo)
  37. The One I Love (Demo)
  38. Long Way Home (Demo)
  39. The Selling Of America (Demo)
  40. We?re Not In Kansas (Monitor Mix)
  41. Ships (Monitor Mix)
  42. All Go Together (Demo)
  43. Winding Wind (Demo)
  44. Pink Marshmallow Moon (Demo)
  45. Chester?s Farm (Audiocraft Demo)
  46. Eastworld (Demo)
  47. Rockin? In The Free World (Monitor Mix)
  48. Introduction
  49. Harvest Home (Acoustic)
  50. Peace In Our Time (Acoustic)
  51. Just A Shadow (Acoustic)
  52. 13 Valleys (Acoustic)
  53. Winter Sky (Acoustic)
  54. The Storm (Acoustic)
  55. Chance (Acoustic)
  56. Tracks Of My Tears (Acoustic)
  57. Rockin? In The Free World (Acoustic)
  58. All Go Together
  59. We?re Not In Kansas
  60. Look Away
  61. What Are You Working For
  62. Steeltown
  63. Stuart And The Audience
  64. Ships
  65. Wonderland
  66. Long Way Home
  67. Alone
  68. In A Big Country
  69. The Audience (Encore)
  70. Lost Patrol
  71. (Hey Hey My My) Out Of The Blue (Into The Black)
  72. Fields Of Fire
  73. Introduction / Harvest Home (Acoustic)
  74. Peace In Our Time (Acoustic)
  75. 13 Valleys (Acoustic)
  76. The Storm (Acoustic)
  77. Chance (Acoustic)
  78. Look Away
  79. What Are You Working For
  80. Steeltown
  81. Stuart And The Audience
  82. Ships
  83. Wonderland
  84. Long Way Home
  85. Alone
  86. In A Big Country
  87. Lost Patrol
  88. Alone (Original Promo Video)
  89. Ships (Original Promo Video)
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