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All The Things He Sang
on 5 November 2001
A timely compilation of Simple Minds songs which covers practically everything they've done. Glance down the track listing (Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront, Alive & Kicking, Belfast Child, Let There Be Love, She's a River) and you realise that Simple Minds were perfect pop pioneers.
For those who are only familiar with their heydey, there's plenty of less 'popular' tracks to get your teeth into. There's stuff from the early days (Life in A Day, I Travel) and the more recent albums are also represented (Glitterball, Hypnotised).
To say every one is a winner wouldn't be entirely true (War Babies was a failure both commercially and critically) but the scope shows the dramatic changes the band have gone through over the years (from electro based glam, through to stadium rock and back again).
One small problem - the recent cover of Theme for Great Cities by Raven Maize is included (Real Life). Wouldn't it have been better to have included New Gold Dream (an album track certainly, but very influential nontheless)?
That apart, this is a superb package which should make some new fans for The Minds.