It was first released as a single in and included on the band's debut album The Crossing. In earlya 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 Big Country* - Harvest Home (Acetate) UK Singles Chart the band shortly after found themselves supporting post-punk heavyweights The Jamon their sell-out farewell tour. In their album review of The CrossingRolling Stone said that the "bagpipelike single-string riffs on such crackling tracks as" the "grandly martial Harvest Home are a nonstop, spine-tingling delight.
The Big Country* - Harvest Home (Acetate) the beginning of the music videothe 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.
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