Originally released in 1990, Dave and Barbara's epic, densely-textured 'The Big Idea' is now available in a lavish new special edition. The remastered album ships in a full colour Digipak with a 20-page booklet featuring new artwork, archive photos and the continuing history of Stewart/Gaskin (started in the special edition of 'Broken Records - The Singles') told by the musicians. The inclusion of the previously unreleased bonus track 'Like The Ocean' brings the total running time to 69 minutes. Copies signed by Dave & Barbara are also available.
This album took nearly five years to record and marks Stewart/Gaskin's transition from radio-friendly pop singles to the album long form. The album contains a mixture of imaginative, heavily reworked covers (including an atmospheric version of The Blue Nile's 'Heatwave') and Dave Stewart originals; it concludes with the monumental 'New Jerusalem', featuring a 25-piece Welsh choir, the pipe organ of St. George's Church, Hanover Square and a thunderous, cross-rhythmic contribution from Porcupine Tree / King Crimson drummer Gavin Harrison.
1. Levi Stubbs' Tears (Billy Bragg)
2. My Scene (D. Stewart)
3. Grey Skies (D. Stewart)
4. Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan)
5. Heatwave (P. Buchanan / R. Bell)
6. The Crying Game (G. Stephens)
7. Deep Underground (D. Stewart)
8. Shadowland (D. Stewart)
9. Mr. Theremin (D. Stewart)
10. New Jerusalem (D. Stewart)
11. Like The Ocean (D. Stewart)