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none Simple Minds - 30.07.1978 - Glasgow, Mars Bar album art Simple Minds 30.07.1978 - Glasgow, Mars Bar(Cass, Unofficial, C90) Not On Label (Simple Minds) none UK 1978 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) album art Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (Album) Not On Label (Simple Minds) Italy 1982 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - Sydney 14.10.1982 album art Simple Minds Sydney 14.10.1982(Cass, Unofficial, C60) Not On Label (Simple Minds) none Australia 1982 Sell This Version
N. 1001 Simple Minds - Art Appeal album art Simple Minds Art Appeal(LP, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Clean Sound Records N. 1001 1983 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Fools Day album art Simple Minds Fools Day Amorion France 1984 Sell This Version
PCR 004 Simple Minds - Look Up To The Sky album art Simple Minds Look Up To The Sky(LP, Ltd, Num, Unofficial) Prime Cut Records PCR 004 France 1984 Sell This Version
240-31984 Simple Minds - Selfluminous album art Simple Minds Selfluminous(2xLP, Unofficial) Mixeye Records 240-31984 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Summertime In Glasgow album art Simple Minds Featuring Bono Simple Minds Featuring Bono - Summertime In Glasgow See For Miles Records Ltd. (2) 1985 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time album art Simple Minds Once Upon A Time (Album) Dicesa El Salvador 1985 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - Parisienne Nites album art Simple Minds Parisienne Nites(LP, Album, Unofficial) Metropol (2) none Italy 1985 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - The Best Is Yet To Come album art Simple Minds The Best Is Yet To Come Not On Label (Simple Minds) UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Ghost Dancing album art Simple Minds Ghost Dancing Mixeye Records Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
Dharma 7 Simple Minds - Never Look Back album art Simple Minds Never Look Back(2xLP, Unofficial) Dharma Records (2) Dharma 7 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking album art Simple Minds Alive And Kicking(2xLP, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Object Music Inc none Germany 1986 Sell This Version
SM Simple Minds - Above This Highrise Land album art Simple Minds Above This Highrise Land(2xLP, Unofficial) WIND Records, Music Brandenburg SM Europe 1986 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - Alive And Singing album art Simple Minds Alive And Singing(2xLP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Simple Minds) none Germany 1986 Sell This Version
AM 8601 Simple Minds - Once Upon A Live album art Simple Minds Once Upon A Live(LP, Unofficial) Hill Record AM 8601 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - In Summertime album art Simple Minds In Summertime (Album) Not On Label (Simple Minds) Germany 1988 Sell This Version
AI-SM-Nelson-110688 Simple Minds - Mandela Day album art Simple Minds Mandela Day(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Simple Minds) AI-SM-Nelson-110688 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years album art Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (Album) DVC Poland 1989 Sell This Version
KIN04 Simple Minds - Steve And Nelson Day! album art Simple Minds Steve And Nelson Day!(2xLP, Album, Promo, Unofficial) Vulevon Production KIN04 1989 Sell This Version
TCC 004 Simple Minds - Sanctify album art Simple Minds Sanctify(CD, Unofficial) Three Cool Cats TCC 004 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Real Life album art Simple Minds Real Life (Album) B.W. Poland 1991 Sell This Version
KTS 018/19 Simple Minds - Real... Real Live album art Simple Minds Real... Real Live(2xCD, Unofficial) Kiss The Stone KTS 018/19 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
PYCD 071 Simple Minds - Life In A Day  album art Simple Minds Life In A Day (CD, Unofficial) Triangle Records (3) PYCD 071 Italy 1991 Sell This Version

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mrlimbo

mrlimbo

December 13, 2018
Really wish they would produce a compilation album of their instrumental songs, that would be immense, they often of get overlooked or forgotten about, but they are among their strongest songs they ever produced !
Crijevo

Crijevo

December 6, 2017
I have divided feelings towards their post-83/onwards era work myself - meaning some of the work is decent (personally, I enjoy some of it in the wake of "Sparkle In the Rain" and "Once Upon a Time"), the rest I find sadly a victim of its own pomposity ("Street Fighting Years" being a somewhat obvious example that is on my black list, too)... Not because the earlier work is "oh-so-arty" that everyone these days continuously raves about, but because of the potential the group showed on those - forever loved - first five albums; the potential later seemed to have been sacrificed for the sheer stadium appeal of their music, past or present. And let's not shy away from the fact, their music always seemed to have aimed for that kind of exposure. Ever since "Life In a Day".

Of course, earlier Minds' records will forever sound far more adventurous, listeners discovering something new with every spin - something their later, more polished but just as pompous material lacks in large quantities despite the group's great playing skill always remains in place. Sadly this is always the same story - groups come along, we expect them to stay "uncommercial" or "experimental", but where is the limit to this - or say, where to find the right key to success, be it creative or commercial... Simple Minds may have compromised theirs eons ago - blame it on "breaking America" or the so-called "U2 complex", but a certain quality keeps informing their (newer) work. But that's more got to do with a certain "generation gap", people with different tastes approaching one such group's work. Sons and fascination.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound. Jim Kerr's vocals leap effortlessly from raw Punk raspiness to urgent emotional release while the rest of the band pits guitar distortion against saxophone leads and vaulting Gospel vocals against bubbling Synth Pop keyboards.
Simple Minds' daring approach to the shifting sounds of the times has always raised the stakes for others
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
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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'.

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