Simple Minds

Simple Minds Discography

Albums

Simple Minds Real To Real Cacophony. (Album) Zoom Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Life In A Day (Album) Zoom Records Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Empires And Dance (Album) Zoom Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Sons And Fascination (Album) Virgin Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call (Comp, Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Sister Feelings Call (Album, MiniAlbum) Virgin Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (Album) Virgin Europe 1982 Sell This Version
29 Simple Minds / The Specials Simple Minds / The Specials - BBC College Concert #29(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 29 US 1983 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Sparkle In The Rain (Album, Comp) Virgin Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Once Upon A Time (Album, Comp) Virgin UK 1985 Sell This Version
KB 585 Graham Parker / Simple Minds / Roxy Music Graham Parker / Simple Minds / Roxy Music - The King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour KB 585 US 1985 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Live In The City Of Light (Album, Comp) Virgin Yugoslavia 1987 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (Album) Virgin, Virgin Malaysia 1989 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Real Life (Album, Single) Virgin, Virgin US 1991 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Good News From The Next World (Album) Virgin, Virgin Italy 1995 Sell This Version
TCDZ 0013-1, TCDZ 0013-2 Simple Minds In Concert - Simple Minds At The Royal Concert Hall Glasgow(2xCD, Album, Promo, Transcription) BBC Radio International, BBC Radio International TCDZ 0013-1, TCDZ 0013-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAD SIMPLE/1-2 Simple Minds Concert Broadcast(CD, Album, Promo) The Album Network RAD SIMPLE/1-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds House Of Blues(CDr, Album, TP) Virgin none UK 1995 Sell This Version
TCDZ 0010 Simple Minds Concert(CD, Album, Promo) BBC World Service TCDZ 0010 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PL/SM01 Simple Minds Planet Live Coca Cola(CD, Album) Austereo MCM Entertainment Europe Ltd. PL/SM01 1995 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds Loreley Germany 1997(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Chrysalis none 1997 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Néapolis (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis Europe 1998 Sell This Version
SMFCD1 Simple Minds Real Live 91(CD, Album) Mindmood SMFCD1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SMVP-101-CD Simple Minds The Early Years 1977-1978(CD, Album) Mindmood SMVP-101-CD Europe 1998 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds Our Secrets Are The Same(CDr, Album, P/Mixed, TP, Unm) Chrysalis Records Ltd. none UK 1999 Sell This Version

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mundayschild

mundayschild

July 3, 2013
Most bands these days would kill for a discography like Simple Minds, up to and including 'Sparkle In The Rain' which I think is a hugely under rated LP. Sure, the 'stadium' years were pretty pompous and over bearing. For me (and I bought the LP's when they came out) the early years from 'Empires...' were some of the most interesting and inventive/creative reocords of that era. Mixing electronics and 'traditional' instrumentation with warped song structres. These guys were 'balearic' before most, and some of thier records still get played in clubs and at festivals to this day. My personal fave has to be 'New Gold Dream', if I had to reccomend 5 great LP's from the 80's this would be on that list. It's a beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sounds and moods that still sounds light years ahead. How come no bands these days aspire to this kind of sound design? the closest anyone came was The Verve with some of their 'Storm In Heaven' LP which shared some similar textures but sadly lacked the great songwriting skill of SM.
'Sons Of Fascination/Sister Feelings..' is another fantastic and strange album with unexpected noises and textures through out. 'Sparkle...' does exactly that, it shines like a bright summer morning, clear blue with a white hot sun. It's propulsive rhythm section giving the band a more muscular feel, while maintaining the decent song writing skills ('Waterfront', 'Book Of Brilliant Things')
Do yourself a favour, get on ebay or discogs and grab some vinyl copies of the early LP's and treat yourself to a brace of some plain great albums.
goatlips

goatlips

September 28, 2006
edited over 4 years ago
Spawning from 'Johnny and the Self Abusers' in the late 70's, the early 'punk' era of Simple Minds brought them little recognition. Not surprising really, since the Sex Pistols had been killed off several years previously and nobody wanted anything to do with a resurgence of such an unmelodic genre. From this period the only track of real note was the epic 'Pleasantly Disturbed' ('Life in a Day', 1979).

Later, with the release of their first iconic single 'Waterfront' from the outstanding, though underrated album, 'Sparkle in the Rain' (1984) they began to gain a fan base. A more fluid, less rigid, musical style gave Kerr the chance to show the world he could actually sing. Resultantly, the band soon had a bigger live following than their fame, alone, could merit.

In 1985 Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Michael MacNeil produced an album that elevated them to superstardom and Simple Minds could be considered 'the best band in the world'. Arguably the greatest pop/rock album ever written, 'Once Upon a Time' contained 5 hit records and no 'fillers', indeed, the title track and 'Come a Long Way' were exceptional recordings. Whether, or not, it garnered the critical acclaim it deserved is irrelevant.

After a break of almost 5 years, not to discount the release of their live masterpiece ('Live in the City of Light', 1987), 1989 brought their forth consecutive album to debut at No.1 (UK). This time, the 'Street Fighting Years' LP gave (guitarist) Burchill a platform to showcase his talents, creating a unique, and immensely atmospheric, soundscape. 'The Ballad of the Streets EP', from the album, gave the group their only UK No.1, staying at the top of the charts for, seemingly, months. It was the title track, however, which showed the band at their very, very, best.

Whether intentionally, or not, in the years since 'Once Upon a Time' Jim Kerr's voice has softened, first evident in 1989, and lacks the aggression it once had. The last creditable recordings by Simple Minds came way back in 1991, with 'See The Lights' and, once again, the customarily unreleased title track from 'Real Life'.
Crijevo

Crijevo

August 11, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
When Simple Minds became the 'Scotland's finest export' now it makes me think of how derogatory this tag turned out for them - instead of appraisal, SM no longer remain the striking force in music, at least no different than U2 or the Stones - artistically speaking, their momentum hasn't offered much since 1982. Yes, later achievements in their work prove much better on stadium circuit level but the extravaganza remains something such politically/socially motivated bunch simply shouldn't have bothered with... It was much better depicting military flirt from 'Life in a Day' to 'New Gold Dream'... Music from that period was a striking blend of folk, psychedelic, Krautrock and avantgarde that it's sad when people started perceiving them only afterwards - commercially the group always achieved considerable success but the very word doesn't have to fulfill all of the expectations - slowly turning into a drag rather than giving further innovation, Simple Minds probably lost their course - and maintain their art(ificiality) then and there... the last stop of 1982.

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