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CREDITS

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Stuart Adamson - Vocals, Guitar
Tony Butler - Bass, Backing Vocals
Bruce Watson - Guitar, Mandolin

With
Simon Phillips - Drums
Colin Berwick - Keyboards

Produced by Big Country
Recorded by Chris Sheldon
Mixed by Dave Bascombe
Except Tracks 1, 3 & 12 Mixed by Mike Fraser
Assistant Engineers Nigel Godrich at RAK, Chris
Brown at Abbey Road, Andy Bradfield at Townhouse
Programmer - Joe Bull
Executive Producer - Chris Briggs
Equipment Maintenance - Fluff
Recorded at RAK Studios
Mixed at Abbey Road Studios and the Townhouse Preproduction - Audiocraft, Carnegie Leisure Centre & Wobbly Studios

Thanks to
Ian Grant, Lynda Fletcher, David Gentle, Paul Schindler, John Giddings, Graham Pullen, Marsha Vlassic, Lester Dales, Shailesh Gor, Larry Robbins, All at Compulsion and Chrysalis,
Esp Guitars, Gibson Guitars, David White Pickups, Hohner UK, Selectron UK, Tama, Trace Elliot, Dunfermline District Council.
Special Thanks to All at RAK
Fan Clubs & Fanzines
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Inwards, 131 Park Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS18 1AS
Information Line 0698 600 031 (Calls Are Charged at 34p per Minute Cheap Rate and 45p per Minute at All Other Times)

Management - Ian Grant Management



NOTES BY TONY BUTLER

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As promised. This got the ipod treatment yesterday. I was genuinely knocked out by the power of this album. It was a real pleasure listening to this again. I think this was the closest to a rock band I wanted the band to sound.
Alone is a great opener but I think it could have been mixed better (a problem I remember having with the guy who mixed it).
Seven Waves is a class pop tune with amazing guitar melodies and a fantastic chorus.
What Are You Working is just stunning.
The One I Love should have been a massive single hit.
Long Way Home is simply brilliant, awesome in power, music and lyric.
This may sound a little biased but Selling Of America is the stuff of genius. It is dramatic, anthemic, powerful, guitar lick mungus, pure theatre.
Kansas is a better version of the classic track.
Ships really stopped me in my tracks. It is a beautiful song, brilliantly crafted with unbelievable piano.
I completely forgot about All Go Together, there are some brilliant guitar bits from both axemen here.
Winding Wind took me by surprise as well, I really got into it about half way through but it sounded like loads of ideas welded together.
Pink Marshmallow Moon is an audio delight. It sounded so delicious in the headphones, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant (apart from the bass being a bit low in the mix).
Finally Chester’s Farm, epic finale. Let you into a little secret, this was Stuarts least favourite track, not because he didn't like the song but because it was going a little to epic rock for his liking.
The title track did not go on this album, not because it was not liked, on the contrary, more because this album turned into a rock album, and we were all digging it, Buffalo Skinners was a little soft and country.

[Changing the name of the album since the song was not on it?] The imagery of the title was too cool not to keep. I didn't matter the song wasn't on it. Same could be said about The Crossing. I also remember going to Paignton Zoo were the had 2 Buffalo , which blew me away. Buffalo are big, and so were we.

[Putting re-recordings of Ships and Kansas on. Perhaps not enough good material for a record?] We always had loads of material be tended to edit ourselves quite severely. The 2 tracks that were re-recorded were done because we felt that the original recordings did not do the songs justice, they were recorded during a particularly stressful time.” (Tony Butler 3 November 2006, BC Forum)