The Best of Simple Minds

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Simple Minds, the Scottish group led by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, has had a very different career in the U.S. from the one it's enjoyed in its native U.K., and that leads to different estimations of this compilation. As far as Britain is concerned, it is a much-needed, comprehensive collection of the band's hit singles, no less than 26 of which placed in the charts between 1979 and 1998, including eight that hit the Top Ten. But Simple Minds' stateside success was much more modest. The group is recalled as a phenomenon of the synth pop style of the mid-'80s, when it went to number one with "Don't You Forget About Me" from the movie The Breakfast Club, then broke ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Simple Minds, the Scottish group led by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, has had a very different career in the U.S. from the one it's enjoyed in its native U.K., and that leads to different estimations of this compilation. As far as Britain is concerned, it is a much-needed, comprehensive collection of the band's hit singles, no less than 26 of which placed in the charts between 1979 and 1998, including eight that hit the Top Ten. But Simple Minds' stateside success was much more modest. The group is recalled as a phenomenon of the synth pop style of the mid-'80s, when it went to number one with "Don't You Forget About Me" from the movie The Breakfast Club, then broke three Top 40 hits from its gold-selling 1985 album Once Upon a Time. Subsequent efforts were not nearly as popular, and by 1998 its most recent album, Néapolis, wasn't even given an American release. On U.S. terms, therefore, the two CDs and nearly two and a half hours of The Best of Simple Minds are much more than fans really need. If they give it a chance, however, they will hear a band that had much more to offer than its American chart-topper. The album is not in strict chronological order, but the first disc covers material from 1979 to 1986, much of it heavily produced music in which every possible hole is filled by keyboard sounds, big drums, and Kerr's echoey vocals declaiming portentously. The second disc, covering the years 1989 to 1998, leaves more space in the arrangements to make room for even more serious lyrical sentiments. Virgin probably counted on the '80s revival during the early '00s to justify this American release, and U.S. fans who know only Simple Minds' few stateside hits will find much else to admire here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381125724
  • Catalog Number: 11257
  • Sales rank: 39,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't You (Forget About Me) (4:23)
  2. 2 Promised You a Miracle (3:58)
  3. 3 Waterfront (4:51)
  4. 4 Alive and Kicking (5:26)
  5. 5 Glittering Prize (4:00)
  6. 6 All the Things She Said (4:18)
  7. 7 Sanctify Yourself (4:59)
  8. 8 Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) (4:34)
  9. 9 Ghostdancing (4:46)
  10. 10 Up on the Catwalk (4:07)
  11. 11 Speed Your Love to Me (4:05)
  12. 12 Theme for Great Cities (5:52)
  13. 13 Love Song (3:54)
  14. 14 The American (3:36)
  15. 15 Sweat in Bullet (4:32)
  16. 16 Life in a Day (4:07)
  17. 17 I Travel (4:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let There Be Love (5:16)
  2. 2 This Is Your Land (5:05)
  3. 3 Kick It In (4:23)
  4. 4 Let It All Come Down (3:41)
  5. 5 See the Lights (4:26)
  6. 6 Stand by Love (4:09)
  7. 7 Real Life (4:55)
  8. 8 She's a River (4:32)
  9. 9 Hypnotised (4:46)
  10. 10 Glitterball (4:28)
  11. 11 War Babies (4:25)
  12. 12 Mandela Day (5:41)
  13. 13 Biko (7:36)
  14. 14 Belfast Child (6:43)
  15. 15 The Real Life (Raven Maize) (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simple Minds Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steve Hillage Producer
Simple Minds Producer
Keith Forsey Producer
Charlie Burchill Producer
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Trevor Horn Producer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
John Leckie Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Steve Lipson Producer
Bogdan Zarkowski Artwork
Dave Lee Producer
Billy Sloan Sleeve Notes
Peter Walsh Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simple Gold

    As a UK-based fan, the tracks which provide the most interesting are the ones recorded in the period from 1979-1982. Simple Minds' love of Bowie, Roxy Music and Kraftwerk are more evident in tracks such as I Travel and Life In A Day then anything they did from 1983 onwards. Promised You A Miracle is a pop gem a marriage of the above inflences with an injection of Chic.The bombast and U2-isms begin on Waterfront and reach a low on Up On The Catwalk. Mid 80's songs Alive And Kicking and Ghostdancing still sound fresh while 1989's Belfast Child has lost none of it's power.The Minds 1990's material is a mixed affair, the standouts being Let There Be Love and See The Lights both from '91.A comprehensive a set as you will get from one of the truly talented bands of the last twenty years, even the remix is good. Check out those early songs.

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