Harvest Home (song)

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"Harvest Home"
Harvest Home (Big Country single) cover art.jpg
Single by Big Country
from the album The Crossing
Released 24 September 1982 (UK)[1]
1983 (Worldwide)
Recorded 1982
Genre Celtic rock
Length 4:19
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Stuart Adamson Bruce Watson Mark Brzezicki Tony Butler
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Big Country singles chronology
"Harvest Home"
"Fields of Fire"

"Harvest Home" was the debut single of the Scottish celtic rock band Big Country. It was first released as a single in 1982 and included on the band's debut album The Crossing.

Debut release[edit]

In early 1982, a newly formed Big Country declined a trade agreement with the Ensign label but later signed a recording contract with Mercury-Phonogram Records. The band went to London to begin work on their upcoming debut album. Late that year, they issued "Harvest Home". Despite missing a place in the UK Singles Chart,[2] the band shortly after found themselves supporting post-punk heavyweights The Jam, on their sell-out farewell tour.[3]

Critical praise[edit]

In their album review of The Crossing, Rolling Stone said that the "bagpipelike single-string riffs on such crackling tracks as" the "grandly martial Harvest Home are a nonstop, spine-tingling delight."[4]

Music video[edit]

At the beginning of the music video, the members of the band are shown having a picnic together in the bushes. They later abandon the picnic area and enter a large building. Their musical instruments are inside, and the band walk in and start playing their instruments inside this building. Towards the end of the video, lead vocalist Stuart Adamson puts down his instrument and starts dancing.[5]


  1. ^ "Ultimate Music Database". Umdmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 56–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "RetroUniverse: Big Country - The Settlement Years". Rqsretrouniverse.blogspot.com. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Album Reviews and Ratings". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  5. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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