With the untimely passing of frontman Stuart Adamson in 2001, the title Final Fling couldn't be more sadly appropriate. This two-disc set captures Big Country toward the beginning and near the end of their 20-year career. ... more »The first disc features a 1988 performance from an outdoor peace concert in East Berlin, shortly before the release of Peace in Our Time (and before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989). It's a straightforward, electric set played in front of a huge, enthusiastic crowd during the twilight hours. The second disc finds the Scottish rockers back at their old stomping grounds, Glasgow's Barrowlands, while on their Driving to Damascus tour with the Alarm in 2000. They may look older, but their chiming twin-guitar attack is as passionate and rousing as ever. Both sets include such fan favorites as "Look Away," "Fields of Fire," and Top 40 hit "In a Big Country." --Kathleen C. Fennessy« less
"I was lucky to get this DVD from the Big Country website and I can't say enough about how wonderful it is. There are two concerts contained on the two discs in the package: an '88 show from East Germany (just before the wall came down), and their final show in 2000 at The Barrowlands in Glasgow (where they performed in kilts).Of course, as I watched I found myself thinking of Stuart Adamson's death and the tragedy it was, but I also couldn't help but think of what an awesome musical legacy he left behind. It was indeed fortunate that he produced so much music while still "on our earthly plane," as it were.The element that connects the two shows is passion. Big Country were all about passion and their live shows, really from the beginning, had this quality in abundance. Every song from the East German show, even their cover of "Honkey Tonk Women," is just loaded with energy. There are some technical gremlins, especially regarding the sound mix of the keyboards (played by Josh Phillips) and Tony Butler's backing vocals, but both of these things get sorted out as the concert progresses.The Barrowlands show is song after song of pure joy. The power of the sound, especially of the rhythm section, just shakes the walls. I found myself realizing that, although the band played many of these songs hundreds of times over the years, it sounded like the first time out for most of them. The sound quality for both shows is excellent, and the way the 5.1 mix fills the room is an added bonus. I thought that the DVD would only be released in stereo. The bass tends to be a bit overpowering, but you can clear that up with a touch of your remote.It's really difficult to pick highlights, but check out "Restless Natives," "Just a Shadow," "The Seer," "King of Emotion," "Driving to Damascus," "Where the Rose is Sown," "Come Back to Me," "Your Spirit to Me," and the triumphant "Fields of Fire," which concludes the DVD on an appropriate note, although I'm sure the irony will not be lost on people as they hear Adamson tell the crowd to "stay alive." Nonetheless, I still take that message to heart.Any Big Country fan should love this release. I sincerely hope that there's more to come."
Two Thrilling Concerts for the Price of One!
Benedict J. Likens | 12/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A HIGHLY recommended DVD! Big Country in concert in 1988 (Germany) & 2000 (Glasgow). Concert one features Big Country at their peak with great energetic versions of many tunes (including Where the Rose Is Sown, The Seer, Just a Shadow, Wonderland, In a Big Country, Fields of Fire...)! This concert is marred (slightly) by the addition of Josh Phillips' poorly mixed keyboards (too loud) but is my favorite to listen-to & watch! The second concert is very pleasing (if not as impassioned). The band does seem a little precise, and the newer material is more poppy/less eclectic. Amusingly, the band are all in kilts for the Glasgow concert! The sound on this concert is flawless (Mark's drums sound especially lovely :P). Included in this show are lovely renditions of Harvest, The Storm (!), Where the Rose Is Sown, Come Back to Me, Dive into Me, Look Away, Lost Patrol, 13 Valleys, Wonderland, Porroh Man, In a Big Country, & Fields of Fire... * The EXTRA's on this DVD are scant but interesting (previews of other DVD concerts ostensibly to be released in the future from BC's official UK site, the band's rider contract for booking, photos, a brief behind the scene clip, and text from the 2000 tour book...) A lovely surprise US release from a sorely missed band!"
Fantastic DVD! Fantastic band! Untimely end...
Benedict J. Likens | 11/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2 disc DVD is phenomenal, to say the least! Both concerts are passionate performances from dedicated and talented musicians, and captured very nicely on DVD. This is one deep, emotional band! Their originality was stunning. It was bittersweet watching them perform (my first time seeing them live), given Stuart Adamson's untimely death. I only recently became aware of how prolific and excellent 'Big Country' truly was, given their extensive catalog of releases! My wife ordered about four of their most recent CD's from this website, and I must say, their music is top notch. Man, did I miss out all these years. Most people only know them from 'The Crossing' and their hit song on MTV. I am coming to realize now, at age 41, that they were one of the best bands to ever carry the 'alternative' torch!"
jcrueda | San Jose Costa Rica | 10/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one is for the late singer from this magnificent band. I just got the dvd and i not only felt sad for the good memories of the crossing and peace in our time albums that rocked my college years but also it is kind of a tribute for Mr. Adamson. It is incredible that I met people from where i am from that listened to this band and follow their step all they way through, which certainly certifies that Big Country music will stay forever. Title of my review is just simply because it is the best Big Country song."
I'd give it 6 stars if I could
Andrea C. Macvay | TC, MI United States | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to admit that the first time I saw this video I laughed out loud. Why? Four grown men in t-shirts and kilts playing rock and roll. Wow. Well, now when I laugh it's shear joy...at their fantastic seasoned, fun, high energy performance. Bruce plays his heart out; Tony, cool as ever, ads his own magic on bass; Mark on the drums--clear and crisp--really showcases his talent. And Stuart....he was having a blast. You can see his love affair with the audience, and he gives above and beyond with energy, extra guitar solos, and, well, like I said, you could tell he was having fun (not as much fun perhaps as he did in Berlin at the peace concert--man, there he was shining, too, but in a younger "look at this crowd!" bright eyed and commanding demeanor). Back to Final Fling--here you see a mature Stuart and Company comfortable in their Scottish colors and....tennis shoes? And Tony is in black ankle boots,which is a hoot in itself. I've said a lot about the visual on this DVD but I have to add that the audio is outstanding...mesmerizing. This is a fantastic DVD."