Simple Minds - Best album?

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Simple Minds best album

Poll ended at 26 Apr 2017, 19:04

Life in a Day 1979
1
4%
Real to Real Cacophony 1979
3
11%
Empires and Dance 1980
3
11%
Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call 1981
6
22%
New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) 1982
13
48%
Sparkle in the Rain 1984
1
4%
I'm not sane and choose another one
0
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Total votes: 27

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Jeemo » 13 Apr 2017, 20:45

I started working in the record shop in Glasgow just before Life in A Day single came out. As we were the biggest shop in Glasgow we sold shed loads of it. I remember a girl coming in and asking for it, I told her it was sold out. Her reply was "really, they're not that good"

I saw them live touring the earlier albums uptil New Gold Dream. Live they were on fire, brilliant shows. I missed the next tour and then saw them just after Once Upon a Time came out. Huge venue and they were awful, bombast to the max. Kerr was wearing leggings and a big girls blouse. They crucified Dance to The Music for the encore and that was the final nail in the coffin. I love the early stuff but that's it.
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Ranking Ted » 13 Apr 2017, 20:50

Jeemo wrote:They crucified Dance to The Music for the encore ...

Christ, I'd forgotten about that. Truly horrible.

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Canis lupus » 13 Apr 2017, 21:38

Jeemo wrote:Big Sleep, ... Colours Fly and the Catherine Wheel.


...2 x best songs on the LP (Colours Fly in particular: top rank).
Promised You A Miracle plonked in the middle makes it a brilliant 3-in-a row on the LP (right way round), even if the drum production is a bit iffy (fella from Slik? he was meant to be a good drummer, too)

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Canis lupus » 13 Apr 2017, 22:03



cannae top that, can you?

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Apr 2017, 22:18

Ugh, dull as dirt. Unfunky, goes nowhere... had to be there, I guess.

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby soundchaser » 13 Apr 2017, 22:29

I love Street Fighting Years...there I've said it.

An incredible sounding album.

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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Jeemo » 13 Apr 2017, 23:46

:{ wrote:
Jeemo wrote:Big Sleep, ... Colours Fly and the Catherine Wheel.


...2 x best songs on the LP (Colours Fly in particular: top rank).
Promised You A Miracle plonked in the middle makes it a brilliant 3-in-a row on the LP (right way round), even if the drum production is a bit iffy (fella from Slik? he was meant to be a good drummer, too)



Promised You A Miracle was recorded at different sessions from the rest of the album. Kenny Hyslop was the drummer on just this track and appeared in a couple of videos. He also toured with them for Sons and Fascination. He is a good drummer, he was our Davids first drum tutor.
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Jeemo » 13 Apr 2017, 23:47

Matt Wilson wrote:Ugh, dull as dirt. Unfunky, goes nowhere... had to be there, I guess.


Of course it's unfunky, they're from Glasgow. I was there :D
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Minnie the Minx » 14 Apr 2017, 04:05

After reading this thread I went and put NGD on YouTube at work and thoroughly enjoyed it. At their best they really were enjoyable.
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 18 Apr 2017, 17:45

Interesting thoughts so far.
I know the obvious and correct answer is
New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) 1982
but these days I tend to reach for the three albums before it...
a more challenging listening, I guess.... hm

New Gold.. is a marvelous achievement, but somehow the nucleus of the group started to
crumble, three different drummers and so on

as someone wrote, the big mistake was to continue after Forbes left!
(if one should believe Wiki it is a really sad mess)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Forbes

"Derek Forbes (born 22 June 1956, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish bassist, vocalist, and sometime guitarist, best known for his work with the Scottish band Simple Minds, which he joined in 1978, and recorded on their early demos and 1979 debut album, Life in a Day until shortly after their 1985 hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)").
He was dismissed from the band, apparently due to petty jealousy, as cited by Jim Kerr, who stated that it was a regrettable mistake, prior to the release of the global success of Once Upon a Time. Forbes has claimed that he wrote on 60% of the album, yet remained uncredited. Assuming he would quickly be asked to re-join the band, no legal action was taken."
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 18 Apr 2017, 19:29

Ranking Ted wrote:
Jeemo wrote:They crucified Dance to The Music for the encore ...

Christ, I'd forgotten about that. Truly horrible.

Didn't they destroy Sign O' the Times too?
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby Jeemo » 18 Apr 2017, 20:06

K wrote:
Ranking Ted wrote:
Jeemo wrote:They crucified Dance to The Music for the encore ...

Christ, I'd forgotten about that. Truly horrible.

Didn't they destroy Sign O' the Times too?


They could have but it wasn't on my watch.
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby never/ever » 18 Apr 2017, 21:45

Considering how they sounded during the NGD-tour, Lillywhite was absolutely a shoe-in for the following album. Kerr wanted to strut and if Burchill wanted to sound less 'understated' than on the album, Sparkle made sure he could stick his chest hair out on stage too. I love the dreamy quality of NGD over the more primal synthpop but some of the classic songs for me go back to Sons & Fascination and Empires. In fact, had you thrown in the 12"-compendiums they released about 20 years ago I would have voted for them- what a collection of grand tunes and themes on them.
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 19 Apr 2017, 06:04

never/ever wrote:In fact, had you thrown in the 12"-compendiums they released about 20 years ago I would have voted for them- what a collection of grand tunes and themes on them.


Have no memory of that one,
more info please, sounds interesting.

ah, google is you friend
do you mean this?
Themes - Volume 1: March 79 - April 82
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Re: Simple Minds - Best album?

Postby never/ever » 19 Apr 2017, 13:18

Yes! I do like most of their 12"es. The first door sets of these are great.
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