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With a population of just 5.3 million, its fair to state that musically Scotland punches way above its weight; it’s been the birthplace of acts such as The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Primal Scream, and Mogwai through to world dominating pop courtesy of The Bay City Rollers, Texas and Wet Wet Wet. This lavish 5CD boxset however focuses on the independent scene between 1977-1989, the period that punk ignited, and the myriad of genres that followed.
Taking its title from the Fire Engines’ memorable single and Grant McPhee’s recent TV and DVD documentary, Big Gold Dreams includes many of the scene’s most important names as well as countless obscurities that were released via the key labels of the period including Zoom, Postcard, 53rd & 3rd, Rational, Fast Product/Pop:Aural (the label that inspired Tony Wilson to set up Factory), Supreme International Editions, Creation, Egg, and Sarah. To highlight the efforts of these labels and the people at their helm there is a glossy 70pg booklet complete with lengthy essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr, as well as original release artwork, and dozens of reproduced gig posters.