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New Simple Minds Album, Walk Between Worlds, In 2018

In 2014, Simple Minds revitalized interest in the band by releasing a new set of recordings that provided acoustic versions of their classic songs. It also helped that their 2014 studio set, Big Music, performed well. With that interest still high, it’s good to see the band plan a return to the studio realm with brand new music.

On February 2, BMG will release the 20th studio set by Simple Minds, which will be called Walk Between Worlds. The new album will feature eight new songs! (I’m so pleased to see a return to well thought out quality songs by releasing less tunes rather than cramming a CD with tracks because you can!)

Walk Between Worlds will be a somewhat different approach with half the album revisiting the sounds and styles of post-punk era dance-oriented songs, and other parts using orchestrations. I’m interested for he promise of this album.

Walk Between Worlds will be released on CD, Deluxe CD (with extra songs), DD, LP, and 2LP Deluxe. Here’s the breakdown:

The Deluxe CD, Deluxe DD, and Deluxe 2LP will provide three extra songs (a live version of “Dirty Old Town”, and studio tunes “Silent Kiss”, “Angel Underneath My Skin”.

 

Review: Acoustic In Concert – Simple Minds

There certainly aren’t many artists daring enough to re-record their songs in an acoustic format. But that’s not true of Simple Minds, whom, late in 2016, released an album of much-loved classics in a stunning reintroduction. Oh yeah, here were those who recorded live sets unplugged. But not many of them actually going into a studio to do it. With Acoustic, Kerr and Burchill has easily produced a new and enduring classic with reimagined classic Simple Minds tunes. Songs like “Promised You A Miracle” (recorded with KT Tunstall), “See The Lights”, “Someone, Somewhere In Summertime”, “Alive and Kicking”, “Waterfront”, and of course, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, are delightful to listen to and carry a high caliber of replay value. I know. Today, some nine months after release, it’s a regular in rotation.

Eagle Rock Music released a BBC Music live set from Simple Minds’ show in London at the Hackney Empire. The show was a response to the popularity of the Acoustic album, and was warmly attended by fans. The set, Acoustic In Concert, is a combo CD/DVD and a BD set that can be viewed and, with the DVD set, equally enjoyed on the run. What’s as surprising about the Acoustic In Concert set is how vibrant the show was. Kerr and Burchill may be older now, but their age has no impact on their ability to parade their famous songs in great glory. It’s evident that they’re proud of those songs.

Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill have employed Cherisse Osei as their drummer and percussionist. Her performance is lively adding to the currency value of the show itself. The band is rounded out by current member, Ged Grimes, and vocalist Sarah Brown. Simple Minds are as valid a band long after their sales peak as can be enjoyed. Their previous album, Big Music, was released in 2014, and was filled with excellence. I’ll say this, it was easy to remain a Simple Minds fan long after the retreat of Once Upon A Time from 1985.

Not only have I enjoyed listening to Acoustic for these many months, I have enjoyed watching this amazing band on In Concert. There’s little doubt that I will regularly revisit the DVD just like I do with a few other great concert DVDs. I won’t compare it to others because each band brings their own presence to the stage. But suffice it to say, listening to the mates perform classics like “Sanctify Yourself”, “Promised You A Miracle”, “New Gold Dreams”, and “Chelsea Girl”, is a heart-warming experience. There’s even a good cover of Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot” within. The DVD’s video quality is quite amazing. I could only imagine the beauty of a BD.

If the band decided to do an Acoustic, Volume II, I’d be first in line for it. As for their Acoustic show, I’d definitely attend. Acoustic In Concert is an able convincing media for that resolution.

Acoustic In Concert – Simple Minds

01 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
02 See The Lights
03 Glittering Prize
04 Stand By Love
05 Waterfront
06 Andy Warhol
07 Chelsea Girl
08 Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
09 Dancing Barefoot
10 Speed Your Love To Me
11 Promised You A Miracle
12 Don t You (Forget About Me)
13 Sanctify Yourself
14 Long Black Train
15 Alive And Kicking
16 Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

 

Live Simple Minds Set, Acoustic In Concert, Planned For June

With the release of the Acoustic Simple Minds album issued in 2016, I’m on high alert to anything else by them. That album delivered a new shine to what were already great songs. It’s almost never pretty to have an artist revisit their classic material in new recordings. But that is not always true as some have not only produced beautiful and memorable revisits, but also some have revitalized the import of songs. A prime example of that is Joni Mitchell’s introspective turning of “Both Sides Now”, re-recorded in 2000 as a new viewpoint.  Simple Minds’ Acoustic album is likewise a goldmine of newness.

On June 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Acoustic In Concert. This new live set will feature sixteen performance tracks that include songs like “See The Lights”, “New Gold Dream (81.82.83.84)”, “Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime”, “Sanctify Yourself”, and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.  The set was recorded from their November 10, 2016 Hackney Empire (London) show for the ongoing BBC Radio 2 In Concert series. Simple Minds continues their Acoustic concert tour with a large string of Europe dates.

Acoustic In Concert is expected to be released on CD/DVD and DD.

Acoustic In ConcertSimple Minds

01 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
02 See The Lights
03 Glittering Prize
04 Stand By Love
05 Waterfront
06 Andy Warhol
07 Chelsea Girl
08 Someone Somewhere In Summertime
09 Dancing Barefoot
10 Speed Your Love To Me
11 Promised You A Miracle
12 Don’t You (Forget About Me)
13 Sanctify Yourself
14 Long Black Train
15 Alive And Kicking
16 Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

 

Review: Acoustic – Simple Minds

One of the better albums of 2016 (or at least one that deserves inclusion with a note that this is not an album of brand new originals) is Acoustic by Simple Minds. Simply, the collection is a newly recorded unplugged set of classic Simple Minds originals. And given the band that Simple Minds are, they have created a timeless and ultimately listenable album with easy replay value. In fact, this is not the first time I’ve listened to Acoustic. It may be around the 50th time!

Acoustic has twelve familiar songs including their breakout hit, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. What Acoustic has successfully done is to recreate those beloved songs from many original albums and make them new classics. Few artists can do this trick. For the record, there’s “Waterfront”, “New Gold Dreams”, “Sanctify Yourself”, “Chelsea Girl”, “Alive and Kicking” and others. Culling songs from as early as their first album (Life In A Day, 1979) with “Chelsea Girl”, and as late as their Real Life album from 1991 with “See The Light” (unless you want to count the non-album cover, “Long Black Train” as the latest, or the LP add of “Light Travels” from the band’s 2009 set, Graffiti Soul).

While most tracks are excellent, I’m a little less enamored of “See The Light”, a song version that feels too underpowered. However, I doubt there will be much complaining when you listen to the rest of the album. Songs like “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, “Waterfront”, “Someone, Somewhere in Summertime”, and the highly marketable “Promised You A Miracle” with KT Tunstall.

Acoustic is an album that can easily occupy your time like it has mine. And with so many classic SM songs unrepresented, I’m hoping for a second volume of Acoustic. One that will include “Book Of Brilliant Things”, “All The Things She Said”, “Belfast Child”, “She’s A River”, “Life In A Day”, “Let There Be Love”,  “Today I Died Again”, “Up On The Catwalk”, and a few others.  But…if you’re a vinyl fan, Simple Minds has thrown three bonus tracks onto the LP that do not appear on the CD edition of Acoustic.

Since the album’s release, it has done well on the European music charts. That’s a magnificent feat given the difficulties of anything hitting the charts. But it also speaks of the excellence that Acoustic is filled with.

Acoustic – Simple Minds (2016)

01 – The American (Sons and Fascination, 1981)
02 – Promised You A Miracle w/KT Tunstall (New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84), 1982)
03 – Glittering Prize (New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84), 1982)
04 – See The Lights (Real Life, 1991)
05 – New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84) (New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84), 1982)
06 – Someone, Somewhere In Summertime (New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84), 1982)
07 – Waterfront (Sparkle In The Rain, 1984)
08 – Sanctify Yourself (Once Upon A Time, 1985)
09 – Chelsea Girl (Life In A Day, 1979)
10 – Alive And Kicking (Once Upon A Time, 1985)
11 – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (1985)
12 – Long Black Train (2016).

LP adds:

13 – Stand By Love (Real Life, 1991)
14 – Speed Your Love To Me (Sparkle In The Rain, 1984)
15 – Light Travels (Graffiti Soul, 2009)

 

New Simple Minds Unplugged Set, Acoustic, Due in November

simple-minds-acousticFor a time, Simple Minds had our attention while they created some of Rock’s more resilient classics. Unfortunately, their decline began as soon as the diamond sheen on their Once Upon A Time album ceased to be of interest to the MTV crowd. Which is sad because almost every album afterwards were pure excellence. It’s those that I return to more often than even their early gems like Sparkle In the Rain. But that’s a personal preference. Their last album was the well received Big Music, issued in 2014.

For the solid and nostalgic Simple Minds fans, they have just announced an unplugged collection of their biggest tracks. The new album collection is called Acoustic and will supply acoustic versions of twelve gems (see list below). Acoustic will be released on CD, DD, and a 180g-weight vinyl edition with three extra tracks that will not be on the CD (don’t ask. I don’t know why). As for the CD, there are signed copies by Charlie (Burchill), and Jim (Kerr), limited to the first 1000 pre-orders.

Acoustic is being released on November 11 on CD and DD. The vinyl 2LP is expected on November 25, and will add in a download card for all 15 tracks found on the LPs. The new album is being preceded by a released track from the album of “Promised You A Miracle” with KT Tunstall. If you were to ask me, it’s a great recording of the song. As that, it gives me a great feeling that the album will be quite special. I’m anxious to hear the whole set.

Acoustic – Simple Minds – CD/DD

01 The American
02 Promised You A Miracle
03 Glittering Prize
04 See The Lights
05 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
06 Someone Somewhere In Summertime
07 Waterfront
08 Sanctify Yourself
09 Chelsea Girl
10 Alive And Kicking
11 Don’t You (Forget About Me)
12 Long Black Train

Acoustic – Simple Minds – 180g Vinyl LP

01 The American
02 Promised You A Miracle
03 Glittering Prize
04 See The Lights
05 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
06 Someone Somewhere In Summertime
07 Waterfront
08 Sanctify Yourself
09 Chelsea Girl
10 Alive And Kicking
11 Don’t You (Forget About Me)
12 Long Black Train
13 Stand By Love
14 Speed Your Love To Me
15 Light Travels

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Simple Minds’ New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) Box Soon

Simple Minds New Gold DreamsSimple Minds is a band that has never strayed far from the consciousness of their fans. They still release fantastic albums. I’ve never failed to be impressed by their songwriting capabilities, their musical arrangements, song selections, etc. I was an early fan following them up into their moments of fame, and then afterwards where, album after album, they just keep getting better and better. But enough about that. There’s a reissue coming. And it’s one of the great classics.

On July 29 (UK), August 5 (US), New Gold Dreams (81.82.83.84) will be reissued with every stop pulled out for it. New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) will come to us in several ways that include a 2CD Deluxe Edition, a vinyl LP set, a BD-Audio version, and a heavily crammed Deluxe Edition.

New Gold Dreams will feature -obviously- new remastering. The Super Deluxe Edition will offer CDs of Extended Versions, Edits and B-Sides, Alternate Mixes, and Radio Sessions. With the original album that counts for five CDs filled with Simple Minds and New Gold Dreams riches. Another disc is a DVD that will present 5.1 Surround mixes of the original album (pulled from the 2005 DVD-Audio). The DVD will also provide two promo videos (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”), and two previously unreleased Tops of the Pops performances (“Promised You A Miracle”, “Glittering Prize”). All of this is housed in a nice Box along with a 36-page booklet.

New Gold Dreams Remaster SDR Box

The 2CD Deluxe Edition will provide the original album and a second CD with the contents of the Extended Versions (see track-lists below). The vinyl LP will be a 180g-weight black vinyl pressing and include the download code for the digital files of the album. The BD-Audio set will contain everything found on the DVD set included in the Super Deluxe Edition along with the original album.

New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84) 2016 Remaster – Simple Minds

CD1:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
03. Promised You a Miracle
04. Big Sleep
05. Somebody Up There Likes You
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
07. Glittering Prize
08. Hunter and the Hunted
09. King Is White and in the Crowd

CD2:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Extended] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
02. Seeing Out the Angel [Instrumental Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle 12″ Single)
03. Promised You a Miracle [Us Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [Us Dub] (From Promised You a Miracle American 12″ Single) First Time on CD
05. Promised You a Miracle [Us Special Extended Remix] (From Promised You a Miracle American Promo 12″ Single) First Time on CD
06. Glittering Prize [Club Mix] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
07. Glittering Prize [Extended Theme] (From Glittering Prize 12″ Single)
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Extended] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
09. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix]
10. King Is White and in the Crowd [Instrumental]
11. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [German 12″ Remix with Drums]
12. In Every Heaven (From X5 Compilation)

CD3:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Edit] (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
02. Theme for Great Cities (From Promised You a Miracle 7″ Single)
03. Glittering Prize [Edit] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
04. Glittering Prize [Theme] (From Glittering Prize 7″ Single)
05. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Edit]
06. Soundtrack for Every Heaven (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [7″ Mix]

CD4:
01. Promised You a Miracle [Kid Jensen Session]
02. In Trance As Mission [Kid Jensen Session]
03. King Is White and in the Crowd [Kid Jensen Session] (From Someone Somewhere in Summertime 12″ Single)
04. Promised You a Miracle [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
05. Love Song [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
06. Sons and Fascination [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
07. King Is White and in the Crowd [John Peel Session] First Time on CD
08. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Kid Jensen Session]
09. Glittering Prize [Kid Jensen Session]
10. Hunter and the Hunted [Kid Jensen Session]

CD5:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
03. Promised You a Miracle [Remix for Album: Long] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
04. Big Sleep [Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
05. In Every Heaven [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
06. Somebody Up There Likes You [Full Duration Instrumental] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
07. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [Full Duration] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
08. Hunter and the Hunted [Alternative Take] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [Monitor Mix] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD
10. In Every Heaven [Early Version] Previously Unreleased. First Time on CD

DVD:
01. Someone Somewhere in Summertime [2005 DVD-Audio  5:1 Mixes]
02. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
03. Promised You a Miracle [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
04. Big Sleep [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
05. Somebody Up There Likes You [2005 DVD_Audio 5:1 Mixes]
06. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
07. Glittering Prize [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
08. Hunter and the Hunted [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
09. King Is White and in the Crowd [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
10. In Every Heaven [2005 DVD-Audio 5:1 Mixes]
11. Promised You a Miracle [Video]
12. Glittering Prize [Video]
13. Promised You a Miracle [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released
14. Glittering Prize [Top of the Pops] First Time Commercially Released

 

[UPDATE: Track-List] Simple Minds To Reissue Remastered 1983 Classic, Sparkle In The Rain

Simple Minds Sparkle In The Rain[UPDATE] The upcoming Simple Minds classic, Sparkle In the Rain, is being remastered, and will be reissued as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, DD, 180g vinyl LP, BD-Audio, and a fan-pleasing 4CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition all planned for March 31. If you pre-order the 4-disc DD set, you will be rewarded with an instant download of “Waterfront”.  The Blu-ray Pure Audio set will contain 5.1 Surround, hi-res Stereo, and Dolby-Digital 5.1 Surround. Track-listings are below the original article.

The SPARKLE IN THE RAIN digital box set consists of four discs. Disc one is a re-master of the original album – re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walters and overseen by Charlie Burchill. Disc two features rare B-sides, some making their CD debut for the first time. These include: a live version of NGD’s ‘Hunter And The Hunted’, which shows the band’s evolving sound; acclaimed 12” remixes of ‘Waterfront’ (Steve Lillywhite looped the drums to create an extended intro, as well as stripped instrumentation to create a huge, expansive track), ‘Speed Your Love To Me’, ‘Up On The Catwalk’ and ‘A Brass Band In Africa’, and ‘Bass Line’ – the original instrumental that became ‘White Hot Day’. Disc three features a previously unreleased concert recorded at Barrowland in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, on 28th February 1984. The concert continues on disc four, with the rest of the disc completed by a three-track BBC Radio 1 session from September 1983.

Well, there CAN be great news on a somber (and for here, a cold and wet) December. With a tip-off, I have just learned that Simple Minds will reissue one of their greatest efforts in a king-sized Deluxe Edition that will make the fan quite pleased, if not extremely anxious for March, 2015.

On March 16, Virgin Records will release Sparkle In the Rain in a Box that will include a wealthy sort of bonus tracks including B-sides, extended mixes, BBC sessions, promo videos of tracks from the album, Tops Of The Pops appearances, and a previously unreleased concert show from the period. In addition to this dang great idea will be a booklet that includes new notes, a track-by-track annotation, and a bonus replica concert program.
The music from this superb album was remastered at Abbey Studios in 2014, so the songs will be as fresh and vibrant as they can be for the time being (until better tech comes along, of course).

For release purposes, there will be the 2CD Deluxe Edition, a 180g vinyl LP issue, and, for the super fan, a massive 4CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition Box. The DVD will be the carrier for the album’s DTS 5.1 Surround Sound tracks, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound tracks, and hi-quality Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, as well as the delivery engine for the promo videos, etc.

Below are your track-listings for the Super Deluxe Edition: You can subtract the 3rd and 4th CD for the 2CD Deluxe Edition.

C’mon, March!

CD1: 

SPARKLE IN THE RAIN REMASTER

Up On The Catwalk
Book Of Brilliant Things
Speed Your Love To Me
Waterfront
East At Easter
Street Hassle
White Hot Day
“C” Moon Cry Like A Baby
The Kick Inside Of Me
Shake Off The Ghosts

CD2:
Waterfront – edit
Hunter And The Hunted Live (recorded at Newcastle City Hall, 20th November 1982)
Waterfront- Extended mix
Speed Your Love To Me – edit
Bass Line
Speed Your Love To Me – extended mix
Up On The Catwalk – edit
A Brass Band in Africa
Up On The Catwalk – extended mix
A Brass Band in Africa Chimes
Waterfront – single version

CD3:
Live at Glasgow Barrowland, 28th February 1984

Shake Off The Ghosts [Intro]
Waterfront
Up On The Catwalk
The Book Of Brilliant Things
Glittering Prize
The American
King Is White And In The Crowd
Speed Your Love To Me
Someone Somewhere In Summertime

CD4:
Live at Glasgow Barrowland, 28th February 1984 continued…

Promised You A Miracle
Big Sleep
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) – Take Me To The River [Live] – Light My Fire [Live]
Love Song – Glory [Live]
BBC Radio 1 session – 11th September 1983
Waterfront
Kick Inside
New Gold Dream__________

SPARKLE IN THE RAIN – 2CD DELUXE
CD1: SPARKLE IN THE RAIN REMASTER

Up On The Catwalk
Book Of Brilliant Things
Speed Your Love To Me
Waterfront
East At Easter
Street Hassle
White Hot Day
“C” Moon Cry Like A Baby
The Kick Inside Of Me
Shake Off The Ghosts

CD2:

Waterfront – edit
Hunter And The Hunted Live (recorded at Newcastle City Hall, 20th November 1982)
Waterfront- Extended mix
Speed Your Love To Me – edit
Bass Line
Speed Your Love To Me – extended mix
Up On The Catwalk – edit
A Brass Band in Africa
Up On The Catwalk – extended mix
A Brass Band in Africa Chimes
Waterfront – single version

__________

SPARKLE IN THE RAIN – LP:

SIDE ONE:
Up On The Catwalk
Book Of Brilliant Things
Speed Your Love To Me
Waterfront
East At Easter

SIDE TWO:
Street Hassle
White Hot Day
“C” Moon Cry Like A Baby
The Kick Inside Of Me
Shake Off The Ghosts

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[UPDATE for US Fans] Simple Minds To Reissue Remastered 1983 Classic, Sparkle In The Rain

[UPDATE to December post: The US release of this Special Edition reissue of Sparkle In The Rain has been announced. Physical reissues will include a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a vinyl LP, both planned for MARCH 31. The Super Deluxe set, which can be acquired physically from the UK, will be made available as a digital download (DD) on March 17. Along with that, DDs of all configurations (CD, 2CD, Super Deluxe), will be available on March 17.]

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Well, there CAN be great news on a somber (and for here, a cold and wet) December. With a tip-off, I have just learned that Simple Minds will reissue one of their greatest efforts in a king-sized Deluxe Edition that will make the fan quite pleased, if not extremely anxious for March, 2015.

On March 16, Virgin Records will release Sparkle In the Rain in a Box that will include a wealthy sort of bonus tracks including B-sides, extended mixes, BBC sessions, promo videos of tracks from the album, Tops Of The Pops appearances, and a previously unreleased concert show from the period. In addition to this dang great idea will be a booklet that includes new notes, a track-by-track annotation, and a bonus replica concert program.

The music from this superb album was remastered at Abbey Studios in 2014, so the songs will be as fresh and vibrant as they can be for the time being (until better tech comes along, of course).

For release purposes, there will be the 2CD Deluxe Edition, a 180g vinyl LP issue, and, for the super fan, a massive 4CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition Box. The DVD will be the carrier for the album’s DTS 5.1 Surround Sound tracks, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound tracks, and hi-quality Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, as well as the delivery engine for the promo videos, etc.

Below are your track-listings for the Super Deluxe Edition: You can subtract the 3rd and 4th CD for the 2CD Deluxe Edition.

C’mon, March!

[UPDATE] Upcoming Upgraded Simple Minds Classic, Sparkle In The Rain, Now To Include BD-Audio Reissue

Simple Minds Sparkle In The RainOn December 8, I mentioned the upcoming Simple Minds classic album reissue of Sparkle In The Rain (1983), which is expected on March 16 (UK). Recently, the notes are that there will now be a Blu-ray Audio version of the set expected on the same date (UK).

The album will feature Steven Wilson remixes, as well as the updated CD audio. Being provided are a total of 50 tracks that will also include the high-res stereo mix, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mixes, the original mix, and the Steven Wilson hi-res Stereo remix. that’s a bargain and a deal to me. This one is on my pre-order list!

Track Listing – Sparkle In The Rain BD-Audio

1. Up On The Catwalk
2. Book Of Brilliant Things
3. Speed Your Love To Me
4. Waterfront
5. East At Easter
6. Street Hassle
7. White Hot Day
8. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby
9. The Kick Inside Of Me
10. Shake Off The Ghosts
11. Up On The Catwalk (High Res Stereo Mix)
12. Book Of Brilliant Things (High Res Stereo Mix)
13. Speed Your Love To Me (High Res Stereo Mix)
14. Waterfront (High Res Stereo Mix)
15. East At Easter (High Res Stereo Mix)
16. Street Hassle (High Res Stereo Mix)
17. White Hot Day (High Res Stereo Mix)
18. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby (High Res Stereo Mix)
19. The Kick Inside Of Me (High Res Stereo Mix)
20. Shake Off The Ghosts (High Res Stereo Mix)
21. Up On The Catwalk (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
22. Book Of Brilliant Things (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
23. Speed Your Love To Me (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
24. Waterfront (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
25. East At Easter (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
26. Street Hassle (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
27. White Hot Day (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
28. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
29. The Kick Inside Of Me (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
30. Shake Off The Ghosts (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix)
31. Up On The Catwalk (Original Mix)
32. Book Of Brilliant Things (Original Mix)
33. Speed Your Love To Me (Original Mix)
34. Waterfront (Original Mix)
35. East At Easter (Original Mix)
36. Street Hassle (Original Mix)
37. White Hot Day (Original Mix)
38. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby (Original Mix)
39. The Kick Inside Of Me (Original Mix)
40. Shake Off The Ghosts (Original Mix)
41. Up On The Catwalk (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
42. Book Of Brilliant Things (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
43. Speed Your Love To Me (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
44. Waterfront (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
45. East At Easter (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
46. Street Hassle (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
47. White Hot Day (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
48. “C” Moon Cry Like A Baby (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
49. The Kick Inside Of Me (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
50. Shake Off The Ghosts (Hi – res Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)

Review: Big Music – Simple Minds

Simple Minds Big MusicWith the news that Sparkle In The Rain, the 1984 Simple Minds classic, will be reissued in a massive update that includes two 5.1 Surround Sound remixes, and a hi-quality Stereo remix. it’s only easy to turn my attention to something that I had intended to do for a few weeks now. That is the recently released new album by Simple Minds, Big Music.

When it was announced, I posted a notification about it back in October in a TAPSheet segment. For me (and I may be biased), Simple Minds has evolved but stayed well within the guidelines that made them such an intriguing band. Even after the waning popularity that (surprisingly) followed the immensely popular Once Upon A Time (1985), they managed to keep it refreshing. The wane in popularity may have been caused by the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality that runs rampant in our often short attention spans, because their next, Street Fighting Man, wasn’t released until 1989. Europe kept their interest for a while before the arrival of Good News From The Next World (1995), where they fell out of favor except to the most dedicated fan.

Simple Minds kept going with a series of under-accepted, but good albums. In November, Simple Minds released what they called a return to the sounds of the past, in Big Music. And Big Music makes good on that promise.

Big Music is filled to the brim with songs that reminds of the strengths the band exhibited back in the ’80s, and does it with ease. There’s so much familiarity there, you might even resort to checking out your calendar, just to see what year is really is. Or worse, you might look outside to make sure you’re not in some new reality that has 1980s style of music still at its core.

Regardless, Big Music is a Simple Minds triumph that leaves you in a sort of grace. It’s wonderful to know that bands like this really haven’t lost the step they had back in their glory years. They just chose to evolve. But after many albums, the desire to revisit the past was too strong to resist.

Big Music doesn’t really need a track by track analysis because it just effortlessly succeeds. It opens with a strong ’80s-styled track, “Blindfolded”. That song is a perfect opener because it contains the exact elements that will grab your immediate attention. Kerr’s voice is preserved enough to pass for youth. Burchill’s guitars still underscore the Simple Minds’ sound. Mel Gaynor’s drumming is still the stuff that helped define their sound. The title track, “Big Music” is a pulsing track, followed by a stunning “Human”, rich with delicious and ghostly hooks. “Blood Diamonds” also has a historical sound, not unlike “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.

I’m calling Big Music a grand Simple Minds release, one that demands your attention. If you were a fan, don’t disservice yourself by not listening.  If you like steps back into time, Big Music is it for you.

Release Date: November 24, 2014
Label: Caroline Records
Website – Official
Availability: (CD, DD, LP)