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  • DVD Audio (18 April 2005)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0006ZIJ34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once Upon A Time
2. All The Things She Said
3. Ghostdancing
4. Alive And Kicking
5. Oh Jungleland
6. I Wish You Were Here
7. Sanctify Yourself
8. Come A Long Way

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Audio DVD version of the Scottish band's 'Once Upon a Time' album, featuring tracks such as 'All the Things She Said' and 'Sanctify Yourself'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carlos 70 on 27 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This was Simple Minds crowning glory. "New Gold Dream" & "Sparkle In The Rain" were recordings of sublime craftsmanship from all involved, but topped only by the sheer scale of the offerings included in "Once Upon A Time", their album that conquered the world. Like the two previous releases, it remains untarnished with age but also remains a staple on radio networks the world over and rightly so. From the opening drum intro of the title track through to the awe inspiring instrumental close of "Come A Long Way" (Arguably the greatest album closer of the decade) there is no dull in quality throughout. "Alive & Kicking" being the obvious anthemic chanter for all who lived through the period, the unmistakeable driving pound of "Oh Jungleland" and commercial jewel of "All The Things She Said" live long in the memory. However, own personal favourites would be the beautifully crafted "I Wish You Were Here" which although hinted at an attempt to join the American FM radio playlists (Along with A&K) was a stunningly haunting powerpop gem and the aforementioned "Come A Long Way" which paints a picture suggesting listening from a mountain top. Most bands would kill to have released one great, truly classic album. Simple Minds released three in a row, but never did they record anything quite as grandiose and picture perfect, than "Once Upon A Time". Simply put, they made one more album after this with Mick McNeil, but never topped this opus before or since.
If you don't yet own it, buy it and listen to it in it's entirety. Perfect running order for the perfect powerpop album.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baldwin on 19 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay, so a few years later they blew it (largely due to Mick McNeil leaving the band and depriving them of the musical alchemy shared between himself and Mr.Burchill) but at this time in their career, Simple Minds had reached their peak. I disagree with anyone who slags this album off for being too "big" or "pompous". Yes it was, but so were Queen and so can U2 be, but isn't that why people love them???
I'm not taking anything away from the earlier albums "Life In Day", etc , "Sons and Fascination" had some great ideas and, arguable "New Gold Dream" is more subtle and mysterious and "Sparkle..." a some cracking tunes, but "Once Upon A Time" had greater ambitions and wanted to take this one step further.
Jimmy Iovine was an excellent choice of producer, and let's not forget, this was the mid 80s and it was the right choice of record for this time. As for the tunes. I would defend the beautiful symphonic melodies of the title track, "All The Things She Said" for its uplifting middle coda, "Alive and Kickings" fantastic singalong moments, "Sanctify Yourself" for it's sheer power, "Wish You Were Here's" old style Mind's subtlety and "Come Along Way" for it's sheer haunting playout (Mr.Gaynor's drums never sounded so good!). The lyrics are more direct and politically motivated, but so what, it was largely due to their campaigning that Nelson Mandela got out when he did - is this such a bad thing? And, come on, they couldn't carry on being a cross between Depeche Mode and Roxy Music forever, they'd already done that and bought the t-shirt! Yes, "Ghostdancing" was a new "I Travel" in sheep's clothing but give me "the car pulled up" middle eight anyday!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2001
Format: Vinyl
Simple Minds at their very best. With fabulous big anthems such as "Alive And Kicking" and Ghostdancing, "Once Upon A Time" is a classic by this Scottish Supergroup. Although the album marks a change in direction from the rawer-on-the-edge-alternative sound of previous albums, "Once Upon A Time" hearlds new chapter in the story of Simple Minds - that of international stars. If you like Simple Minds, you'll love this collection. And even if you don't love Simple Minds, "Once Upon A Time" is certainly worth having in your collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thrash Guru on 22 July 2012
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In my mind Simple Minds made three stunning albums, New Gold Dream (1982), Sparkle In The Rain (1983) and this one which came out in 1985, Once Upon A Time. Sure they had their moments on Sons and Fascination and earlier work but I really couldn't care for it much, it was all a bit nouveau kitsch and repetitive proto electronica for me. The I Travel single being a prime example and I looked elsewhere for my thrills.

It was only by New Gold Dream and its lead off single Glittering Prize with its infectious bassline that i started to pay attention, because here was a band that you could dance to and could play their instruments to a high standard (something of a rarity today!). All this and then you had Mr Jimmy Kerr whose Berlin-esque good looks and commanding voice would lead them into glory but sadly it wasn't to last. And nor did bassist Derek Forbes who quit/was sacked after Sparkle and sadly his absence is noted here but for some mysterious reason it didn't seem to matter because the production of Jimmy Lovine and Bob Clearmountain really brings out the best in the group.

From the lead off song and title track you are taken into their magical world where there are no boundaries and everyone is welcome and as the glorious keyboards and drums make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck you remember your youth and why you had it so good then. DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!. So who cares they sound like U2, a band i care very little for anyway, maybe Bono realised they were being beaten at their own game, which explains why they changed their styles so many times! Who cares when every song makes you wanna DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!
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