Without the Aid of a Safety Net

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Without the Aid of a Safety Net
Big Country - Without the Aid of a Safety Net.jpg
Live album by Big Country
Released May 1994
Recorded 29 December 1993
Genre Alternative rock, Celtic rock
Label Compulsion
Producer Big Country
Big Country chronology
The Buffalo Skinners
(1993)The Buffalo Skinners1993
Without the Aid of a Safety Net
Radio 1 Sessions
(1994)Radio 1 Sessions1994

Without the Aid of a Safety Net is the first live album by the Scottish band Big Country, released in 1994.[1] It contains a portion of the tracks from a concert at The Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, and was recorded on 29 December 1993. The full concert was released in 2005, labelled as 2CD Expanded Edition: The Complete Concert. This version features eight tracks not on the original release.

IN June 1994, the album peaked at No. 35 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Harvest Home" (3:27)
  2. "Just a Shadow" (3:33)
  3. "13 Valleys" (5:04)
  4. "The Storm" (4:51)
  5. "Chance" (3:44)
  6. "Look Away" (4:20)
  7. "What Are You Working For" (4:00)
  8. "Steeltown" (5:38)
  9. "Ships" (6:06)
  10. "Wonderland" (5:54)
  11. "In a Big Country" (6:21)[1]

The cassette and CD releases include these additional tracks:

  • "Peace in Our Time" (3:20)
  • "Long Way Home" (6:01)
  • "Lost Patrol" (6:10)

2005 release[edit]

All tracks written by Stuart Adamson, Tony Butler, Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki, unless stated otherwise.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Introduction"
  2. "Harvest Home"
  3. "Peace in Our Time"
  4. "Just a Shadow"
  5. "13 Valleys" (Adamson)
  6. "Winter Sky"* (Adamson/Watson)
  7. "The Storm"
  8. "Chance"
  9. "Tracks of My Tears"* (William Robinson/Marvin Tarplin/Warren Moore)
  10. "Rockin' in the Free World"* (Neil Young)
  11. "All Go Together"* (Adamson/Watson)
  12. "We're Not in Kansas"* (Adamson)
  13. "Look Away" (Adamson)
  14. "What Are You Working For" (Adamson)
  15. "Steeltown"

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Stuart and the Audience"
  2. "Ships" (Adamson/Watson)
  3. "Wonderland"
  4. "Long Way Home" (Adamson)
  5. "Alone" (Adamson)
  6. "In a Big Country"
  7. "The Audience - Encore"
  8. "Lost Patrol"
  9. "(Hey Hey My My) Out of the Blue (Into the Black")* (Young)
  10. "Fields of Fire"*[1]

All tracks marked (*) were previously unreleased.



  1. ^ a b c d e "Without the Aid of a Safety Net - Big Country | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 1993-12-29. 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.