Driving to Damascus

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Driving to Damascus
Driving to Damascus.jpg
Studio album by Big Country
Released 1999
13 August 2002 (Remastered version)
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales, 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:49
Label Track
Producer Big Country, Rafe McKenna
Big Country chronology
Why the Long Face
Driving to Damascus
The Journey
Alternative cover
Cover of the 2002 U.S. remaster of the album, renamed John Wayne's Dream.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (Driving to Damascus) 4.5/5 stars [1]
Allmusic (John Wayne's Dream) 4/5 stars [2]
Record Collector (Driving to Damascus) 3/5 stars [3]

Driving to Damascus is the eighth studio album by Scottish rock band Big Country. It was released in 1999 as both a standard edition and a limited edition digipack, and with bonus tracks in 2002. In the U.S. it was released under a different name, John Wayne's Dream.[2] The limited edition version featured different cover artwork, and included two tracks by Stuart Adamson's alt-country side project, The Raphaels ("Shattered Cross" and "Too Many Ghosts", subsequently released on the 2001 album "Supernatural"), although there was no indication in the credits that these were not by Big Country. Driving to Damascus marks the band's last studio album to feature vocalist Stuart Adamson (who would die in 2001) and bassist Tony Butler (who retired from the band in 2012), and the last studio album until The Journey was released in 2013 with The Alarm vocalist Mike Peters taking over for Adamson and Simple Minds bassists Derek Forbes replacing Butler.

The album was re-released on both CD and vinyl format to celebrate the bands 30th anniversary in 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Driving to Damascus" Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Bruce Watson 3:58
2. "Dive in to Me" Adamson, Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Watson 5:02
3. "See You" Adamson 3:50
4. "Perfect World" Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler, Watson 4:02
5. "Somebody Else" Adamson, Ray Davies 4:04
6. "Fragile Thing" Adamson, Watson 4:33
7. "The President Slipped and Fell" Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler, Watson 2:57
8. "Devil in the Eye" Adamson, Davies 4:15
9. "Trouble the Waters" Adamson, Brzezicki, Watson 4:10
10. "Bella" Adamson 3:34
11. "Your Spirit to Me" Adamson 5:13
12. "Grace" Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler, Watson 5:10
John Wayne's Dream extra tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Loserville" Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler 5:18
14. "This Blood's for You" Adamson 3:43
15. "I Get Hurt" Adamson 4:28
16. "John Wayne's Dream" Adamson, Brzezicki, Butler 8:44
Limited edition digipack extra tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Shattered Cross" Adamson, Boonstra 4:02
14. "Too Many Ghosts" Hummon, Adamson 4:12

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
German Albums Chart[4] 96
UK Albums Chart[5] 82


  1. ^ Badgley, Aaron. "Big Country: Driving to Damascus > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Schnee, Steve. "Big Country: John Wayne's Dream > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  3. ^ Record Collector | Big Country - Driving to Damascus | Album Review
  4. ^ "Big Country, Driving To Damascus" (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chart Log UK: Darren B - David Byrne". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 22 August 2012.