Big Country may never have reached the commercial highs of similarly structured outfits like the Waterboys
, but the Scottish rockers had all the ingredients needed for stadium domination. This two-disc U.K. collection from Spectrum dutifully chronicles the underrated Dunfermline, Fife-based outfit's nearly 20-year career, from the band's classic 1983 debut, The Crossing
, to 1999's Driving to Damascus
. Listeners who only know the group's two big international hits ("In a Big Country
" and "Fields of Fire") will find in Fields of Fire: The Ultimate Collection
a veritable treasure trove (as in 35 excellent remastered tracks) of anthemic modern rock with a rural twist, propelled in large part by the late Stuart Adamson
's soaring, bagpipe-inspired guitar leads.