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149236, 149237 Simple Minds - Top Of The Pops - 877 album art Various Love Song Various - Top Of The Pops - 877(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 149236, 149237 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - C70 Original Cosmic *Tape* album art Daniele Baldelli Glittering Prize (Instrumental) Daniele Baldelli - C70 Original Cosmic *Tape* Not On Label (Cosmic Disco) Italy 1982 Sell This Version
SP-17271 Simple Minds - Breakers album art Various Waterfront Various - Breakers(LP, Promo) A&M Records SP-17271 US 1984 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - The Breakfast Club (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Greece 1985 Sell This Version
852-2 Simple Minds - Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of April 12, 1985) album art Various 12. Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of April 12, 1985)(4xLP, Transcription) The United Stations 852-2 US 1985 Sell This Version
F.F.F. 000 Simple Minds - Live Aid A Short Shame Story (We're Askin' For Food…. ….You Gave Us Rock 'N' Roll) album art Various Ghost Dancing and 1 more… Various - Live Aid A Short Shame Story (We're Askin' For Food…. ….You Gave Us Rock 'N' Roll)(11xLP, Album, Mono, Unofficial, Box + 7", Single, ) Fast Foud Foundation F.F.F. 000 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
861-3 Simple Minds - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (Program No. 861-3) album art Casey Kasem Alive & Kicking Casey Kasem - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (Program No. 861-3)(4xLP, Transcription) ABC Watermark 861-3 US 1986 Sell This Version
861-1 Simple Minds - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem - Top 100 Of 1985 Part Two (For Week Ending 1/04/86) album art Various Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem - Top 100 Of 1985 Part Two (For Week Ending 1/04/86)(4xLP, Transcription) ABC Watermark 861-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # CO 88-21 album art Various Waterfront and 3 more… Various - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # CO 88-21 Westwood One Radio Network US 1988 Sell This Version
TMS 90210 Various Waterfront (Live) Various - Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors(2xCass, Album) RCA TMS 90210 Argentina 1989 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-15 Various Let There Be Love Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91/15(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-15 UK 1991 Sell This Version
BM 032 Simple Minds - From Genesis To... album art Peter Gabriel Biko and 1 more… Peter Gabriel - From Genesis To...(CD, Unofficial) Beech Marten Records BM 032 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-12 Simple Minds - U.K. Chart Attack #91/12 album art Various Let There Be Love Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91/12(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-12 UK 1991 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-16 Various Let There Be Love Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91-16(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-16 UK 1991 Sell This Version
MPG 74014 Simple Minds - Worldstars For Freedom album art Various Belfast Child Various - Worldstars For Freedom(CD, Smplr) Movie Play Music MPG 74014 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
7243 8 27065 4 0 Simple Minds - Now That's What I Call Music! 1985 album art Various Alive And Kicking Various - Now That's What I Call Music! 1985(2xCass, Album) EMI 7243 8 27065 4 0 UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - Punk Diary 1970-1979 album art Various As Johnny & The Self Abusers Various - Punk Diary 1970-1979(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 1994 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Pride - The Very Best Of Scotland album art Various Alive And Kicking Various - Pride - The Very Best Of Scotland (Comp, Album) RCA, BMG UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Rocks The Casbah (The 80's Megamix) album art DJ Spinbad Don't You Forget About Me DJ Spinbad - Rocks The Casbah (The 80's Megamix) (Comp) Tape Kingz US 1995 Sell This Version
none Simple Minds - September '95 album art Various And The Band Played On Various - September '95(CD, Promo) Modern Tracks none US 1995 Sell This Version
9548-33896-2 Simple Minds - Henry Maske - Power & Glory 2 album art Various Hypnotised Various - Henry Maske - Power & Glory 2(CD) EastWest 9548-33896-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Up Yer Ronson - The Summer Of Ninety Six album art Various Kant Kino Various - Up Yer Ronson - The Summer Of Ninety Six Hi Life Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
Simple Minds - Top Gear - On The Road Again album art Various She's A River Various - Top Gear - On The Road Again (Comp) EMI TV, EMI TV Europe 1996 Sell This Version
724384 161446 Simple Minds - The Best Rock Album In The World Ever album art Various Don't You (Forget About Me) Various - The Best Rock Album In The World Ever(Cass) Virgin 724384 161446 1996 Sell This Version
Show# 97-10 Simple Minds - The Vault album art Various All The Things She Said Various - The Vault(CDr, Transcription) Westwood One Show# 97-10 US 1997 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
edited over 6 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'.

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