Decent audience recording - there are some voices to be heard (mostly between songs) and a couple of drop-outs where it appears the recorder got knocked (most noticeably during The Storm), but mostly this is pretty good. The band were touring their debut LP "The Crossing" in 1983 and the Reading Festival was probably the biggest show they'd played up to that point. I remember they went down very well, particularly given the partisan nature of the Reading audience back then, which was mostly used to metal bands playing, though Big Country were second on the bill on the slightly more varied Friday line-up, following reggae band Steel Pulse (who were bottled off during their first number by the biker element in the crowd) and preceding headliners The Stranglers. Big Country were themselves subjected to a barrage of piss-filled bottles early on - they stop playing during "Close Action" and Stuart Adamson berates the bottle-throwers.

01 Harvest Home
02 A Thousand Stars
03 Close Action
04 Balcony
05 Lost patrol
06 Porrohman
07 The Storm
08 In a Big Country
09 Chance
10 Angle Park
11 Fields of Fire

Source: Audience
Quality: Good (mostly)
Encoding: 192kbps mp3
File size: 77Mb

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