Eclectic (Big Country album)

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Live album by
Released5 August 1996[1]
LabelCastle Communications
ProducerBig Country, Gary Langan
Big Country chronology
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Eclectic is a live album by the Scottish rock band Big Country, released in 1996 by Castle Communications.[1] It was produced by Big Country and Gary Langan, and reached No. 41 in the UK.[2] In 2001, a video version of Eclectic was released under the same name by Castle.[3]

Eclectic was recorded at Dingwalls in London on 20-21 March 1996 and features guest appearances by Bobby Valentino, Kym Mazelle, Carol Laula, Steve Harley, Aaron Emerson, Hossam Ramzy (and his percussion section) and Mohammed Toufiq.[3][4]

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music3/4 stars[5]

On its release, Aaron Badgley of AllMusic described Eclectic as a "terrific album", "interesting due to the choice of songs" and full of "great songs, played very well". He concluded, "While fans of Big Country will love this collection, it has a wide appeal to music fans in general."[1]

Track listing[]

1."River of Hope"Stuart Adamson4:06
2."King of Emotion"Adamson4:10
3."Big Yellow Taxi"Joni Mitchell3:50
4."The Buffalo Skinners"Adamson, Bruce Watson5:58
5."Summertime"George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin3:57
6."The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"Robbie Robertson3:44
7."Eleanor Rigby"John Lennon, Paul McCartney3:47
8."Winter Sky"Adamson, Watson4:06
9."Sling It"Steve Harley3:04
10."I'm on Fire"Bruce Springsteen2:39
11."Where the Rose Is Sown"Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Watson4:10
12."Come Back to Me"Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler, Watson4:43
13."Ruby Tuesday"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards4:14


Big Country
Guest musicians
  • Hossam Ramzy (The Hossam Ramzy Percussion Section), Mohammed Toufiq - percussion (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 11-12)
  • Bobby Valentino - violin (all tracks)
  • Kym Mazelle - guest vocalist (tracks 2, 5)
  • Carol Laula - guest vocalist (track 3)
  • Steve Harley - guest vocalist (track 9)
  • Aaron Emerson - keyboards (tracks 2, 4-6, 8, 12-13)
  • Zarkowski Designs - design
  • Justin Thomas - booklet photography
  • Hugh Gilmour - front and back cover design and photography
  • Ian Grant Management - management


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d AllMusic Review by Aaron Badgley. "Eclectic - Big Country | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "BIG COUNTRY". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Eclectic". Big Country Info. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Big Country - Eclectic". Discogs. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ Colin Larkin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin. ISBN 0753501597. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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