Simple Minds ‎– Promised You A Miracle

Virgin ‎– VS 488-12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Promised You A Miracle
Producer, Engineer – Pete Walsh*
B1 Theme For Great Cities
Engineer – Hugh JonesProducer – Steve Hillage
B2 Seeing Out The Angel (Instrumental)
Engineer – Hugh JonesProducer – Steve HillageRemix – Ian Caple

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'Promised You A Miracle' differs slightly from the album version with an elongated outro.

'Theme For Great Cities' taken from "Sister Feelings Call" (OVED 2).
'Seeing Out The Angel' remixed from "Sons And Fascination" (V 2207).

[back sleeve]
℗ & © Virgin Records Ltd.

Publisher: EMI Music Publishers Ltd
Side A: ℗ : 1982 Virgin Records Ltd
Side B: ℗ : 1981 Virgin Records Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side): .VS.488.12.A.1 BILBO . TAPe One
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side): .VS.488.12.B.1 BILBO . TAPe One

Other Versions (5 of 27) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VS 488 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle(7", Single) Virgin VS 488 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VS 488 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle(7", Single) Virgin VS 488 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
B-103965 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle(7", Single) Virgin B-103965 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
SP-17223 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle(12", Promo) A&M Records SP-17223 US 1983 Sell This Version
104265 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle(7", Single) Virgin 104265 France 1982 Sell This Version


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August 25, 2005
edited over 11 years ago

Even though the A-side was a minor hit, the "musical secret weapon" here is "Theme for Great Cities", which totally kicks ass. It's a powerful funk/break/synth *Masterpiece*. It caught my ear when the S.U.R.E. Record pool (up in "Da Bronx") was serviced with this 12" U.K. Import back in the day. Shortly thereafter, I was blown away when Afrika Bambaataa played this at on of those amazing, "pre-gangsta" uptown-meets-downtown parties at The Roxy. He played it from beginning to end, and the whole floor was grooving and breaking to that unrelenting, propulsive bass-guitar/drum beat combo, with that haunting, atmospheric synth arrangement floating on top. This 12" single version sounds MUCH better than the LP version BTW: more dynamic range, higher highs and lower lows.


March 17, 2004
edited over 5 years ago

The B sided 'Theme For Great Cities' has been sampled many times over the years, the most well known being Corporation Of One's 'Real Life'. Its a fantasic instrumental, something that Simple Minds weren't afraid of doing and then releasing on various b sides on their single releases. With its wicked bass guitar strumming its way through the whole track, layered with some superb elctro style synths its no wonder this track goes down a storm in many a dj set.