Once Upon a Time

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Riding the coat tails of the John Hughes flick The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds finally broke America with their theme song "Don't You Forget About Me," and their 1985 release Once Upon a Time captured the heart-wrenching excitement found in bands such as U2. They were now one of the biggest names in music and Jim Kerr's thirsting vocals became the band's signature. Once Upon a Time, featuring producer Jimmy Iovine U2, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, showcased more of a guitar-driven sound. The band's heavy synth-pop beats had relaxed a bit and Charlie Burchill's charming playing style was most noticeable. Also enlisting the choir-like beauty of Robin Clark, Simple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Riding the coat tails of the John Hughes flick The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds finally broke America with their theme song "Don't You Forget About Me," and their 1985 release Once Upon a Time captured the heart-wrenching excitement found in bands such as U2. They were now one of the biggest names in music and Jim Kerr's thirsting vocals became the band's signature. Once Upon a Time, featuring producer Jimmy Iovine U2, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, showcased more of a guitar-driven sound. The band's heavy synth-pop beats had relaxed a bit and Charlie Burchill's charming playing style was most noticeable. Also enlisting the choir-like beauty of Robin Clark, Simple Minds' popularity was expounded on songs such as Alive & Kicking and "Sanctify Yourself." This album was one of their best, most likely leading the pack in the band's album roster, because it exuded raw energy and solid composition not entirely captured on previous albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381301623
  • Catalog Number: 13016
  • Sales rank: 50,884

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simple Minds Primary Artist
Simms Brothers Band Background Vocals
Robin Clark Vocals
Carlos Alomar Background Vocals
Michael Been Background Vocals
Charlie Burchill Guitar
Mel Gaynor Drums, Vocals
John Giblin Bass, Bass Guitar
Sue Hadjopoulas Percussion
Jim Kerr Vocals
Mick MacNeil Synthesizer, Piano
Technical Credits
Simple Minds Composer
Charlie Burchill Composer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Mel Gaynor Composer
John Giblin Composer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Jim Kerr Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mick MacNeil Composer
Mark McKenna Engineer
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Moira Marquis Engineer
Mick Haggerty Artwork
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