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New Gold Dream [CASSETTE]

Simple Minds Audio Cassette
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Simple Minds were formed in Glasgow in the late 70s by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill. They are best known for the track "Don't You Forget about Me", which was used in the brat pack film The Breakfast Club in 1985.

Simple Minds came from the ashes of a short-lived punk band, they developed their musical style over their first four albums, incorporating new wave, experimental ... Read more in Amazon's Simple Minds Store

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000EALR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Feb 2006
Format:DVD Audio
This is a classic Minds album in 5.1 surround DTS 96/24 sound. Jim Kerr never sounding so good, this is a really good DVD Audio disc, very clear mix and good use of 5.1 surround, and with the bonus of an extra track not listed by Amazon which is "In every Heaven", this disc also contains lyrics, and Dolby Digital 5.1. Buy this!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLD MINDS 30 Jun 2009
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD Audio
NEW GOLD DREAM shimmers with New Wave experimentalism. The soundscape is wide and full of dreamy textures, above which JIM KERR's haunting vocals weave in and out like some spirit in the material world.

1. Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
4. Big Sleep
5. Somebody Up There Likes You
6. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Despite coming from a transitional period - the move towards a bigger sound and correspondingly bigger venues - this is SIMPLE MINDS at their glittering best. A perfect choice for the DVD-AUDIO format, which includes onscreen menus, lyrics and bonus features.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1982's pop-peak... 17 Jun 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD Audio
'New Gold Dream' marked a change for Simple Minds, following several albums that flirted with the avant-garde and nodded heavily to Krautrock and Prog ('Real to Real Cacophony','Empires & Dance','Sister Feelings Call','Sons & Fascination')things changed. Drummer Brian McGee exited - to be replaced by Skids-drummer Kenny Hyslop & Mel Gaynor- who would later join full-time and also play on Goldie's 'Timeless.' Ex-Gong member Steve Hillage was swapped for Peter Walsh (who has since worked with Scott Walker), who also arranges the tracks here. Simple Minds had been on a bit of a peak, and 'New Gold Dream' was their ultimate statement, taking the sound of previous records and combining them with the pop-influences of Abba & Moroder...
'New Gold Dream' is loaded with joys, the nine-tracks skirting around new-pop - though 'King is White & In the Crowd' is fairly prog-rock! 'Somebody Up There Likes You' predicts a lot of chillout music and the title-track was covered by dance-act Utah Saints and sampled by Felix for a UK hit-single. The band began to have hit-singles - 'Someone Somewhere in Summertime','Glittering Prize', 'Promised You a Miracle' - which sadly lead to the stadium-rock route the band pursued. Where peers like David Sylvian, Julian Cope, Mark Hollis & Soft Cell opted to pursue more avant-garde climes, Simple Minds went down the U2-path (though some songs on the following year's 'Sparkle in the Rain' would probably sound amazing if given the same type of production/arrangement here, e.g. 'East at Easter','Speed Your Love to Me','Book of Brilliant Things').
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surround not bad 10 Oct 2009
By Djdave
Format:DVD Audio
the sonics are not to bad, i'd give 8 out of 10.
would tell anybody to buy this, they'd like it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLy the best 21 July 2001
By Eric Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album rings echos of nostalgia for those old enough to have heard it while growing up in the eighties. Now-a-days it can seem too glam for the uninitiated. HOWEVER, don't let that keep you from trying it out. I have to warn you though... once it hooks you, you'll never let it go. It will become a permanent part of your fix to itch any melodic scratch you may have. The current Minds is very different from the SM of yesteryear and 81-82-83-84. Many fans of SM are torn down the middle between the old genre of albums like New Gold Dream/Sparkle in the Rain and the newer sound of Good News from the Next World/Neapolis. New Gold Dream is for the old-school Minds fan (or aspiring new fan - akin to new wave and neuromantic). Jim Kerr's lyrics and voice are resonant in haunting melodies on every track on New Gold Dream. The more popular you may have heard is 'Promised You a Miracle' which had strong airplay throughout the eighties on stations like KROQ in Los Angeles and is still played in many Flashback Lunch radio shows. KROQ is creditied with a lot of the exposure Simple Minds received in America. The album carries an instrumental track (a trademark of older Minds albums) titled 'Somebody Up There Likes You' - a catchy interlude placed in the middle of the album seeming to separate the more melodic tracks before it (Someone...Colours Fly...Promised...Big Sleep) from the variably tuneful tracks (New Gold...Glittering...Hunter...King is...) The entire album is seamless in its entirety - indicative of the musical brilliance behind its creation. While it doesn't have the mainstream exposure it once had, it tends to be the darkhorse favorite of more people than imaginable for such an obscure record in today's musical standards. If you don't like it, that's OK. Liking Simple Minds is similar to liking wine, it's an acquired taste, that lasts a lifetime. Listen to the sample tracks or borrow it from a friend who has it (would be a true friend indeed)and let your soul decide.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their defining moment 5 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While Simple Minds are more associated with their bombastic stadium euro-rock, this subdued album of psychedelic electronica is, for me, their defining moment.
The production (by Peter Walsh, who recently returned to produced 1998's "Neapolis") is crisp and clean.
Simple Minds used to write songs initially by "jamming" and building up into something. This method of creation is evident on New Gold Dream (as well as 1984's excellent but more noisy "Sparkle In The Rain").
I bought this when it was originally released in America and was surprised to find Herbie Hancock guesting on keyboards on a track, but it does work and his work is very subtle and effective.
Although I haven't been a fan of Simple Minds' more recent music (haven't heard "Neapolis", which has been getting better reviews), this will always be a classic for me - an album I can put on at any time and enjoy from beginning to end.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven for your Ears 6 Dec 2001
By Mons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Albums are rarely just about the music. There's the songtitles, the choice of songs, the length of songs, the album cover art, the album title...all these factors have to be in harmony with one another to provide an exceptional musical product - a classic album. Genesis's `Trick of the Tail' is one example, New Gold Dream is another. Look at the cover. Golden shimmering visions are promised within. And indeed the music lives up to the cover, the title, the songtitles, etc. etc. New Gold Dream catches the band on the cusp between its artpop, avant-garde beginnings and the vacuous stadium-fodder it turned into. It was all Bono's fault, of course. After having met him, the Minds decided it wanted to be U2 and changed direction accordingly. New Gold Dream is last of the great Simple Minds recordings. The opening number, 'Somewhere in Summertime' encapsulates the album's style - sophisticated, romantic, shimmering, uplifting, and that's just the intro. 'Promised you a Miracle', which was the hit from that album, is streetwise, sassy, clever, funky, everything the band was NOT just three years later. The titletrack is a great, pumping, driving beauty of a song (play loud) that will have you gyrating wildly around the room. Glittering Prize is sheer inspiration...words fail to describe how wonderful that song is. But don't take my word for it, check out those sexy real audio clips at the top of the page and let your lugholes decide. It will show you - and remind us - that the 80s weren't all Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Duran Duran.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glittering Prize. 22 Mar 2000
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have all 11 Simple Minds studio cds, and I am often offended that they are viewed as a sub-par band. Since 1979, they have been one of Scotland's finest exports. Though they are accused of sounding like U2 (which is great, really), they are their own band. Just listen to Life in a Day (1979), Reel to Real Cacophony (1979), Empires and Dance (1980), Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call (1981), New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84 (1982) and Sparkle in the Rain (1984) and you know they don't sound like U2. Although New Gold Dream is probably viewed as one of Simple Minds best recordings I have to add that Sparkle in the Rain, Street Fighting Years (1989) and Real Life (1991) are all worth owning as well. New Gold Dream is exceptional in that the new wave music heard here is not like the other new wave music produced at that time. This is more sophisticated and richer in sound than most new wave recordings of the early 80's. Simple Minds were always much more than "Don't You (Forget About Me)", and look at what American did, they forgot about Simple Minds except for that song. Shame. They are a great band, I've seen them play live in a small venue and they were great. New Gold Dream, Sparkle in the Rain, Street Fighting Years and Real Life are all must haves for rock collectors.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush and amazing 2 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most of America only came to know Simple Minds a couple years after they hit their gorgeous peak on this album. This album will stand up as a timeless classic of the 80's, for even the synthesizers are lush-sounding and production is immaculate. The title track was the first song I ever heard from Simple Minds and still stands high above all others as my favorite Minds song. Anyone trying to dismiss 80's music based on what the horrific airwaves are spewing forth have not heard this "glittering prize".
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