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Once Upon a Time

Simple Minds Audio CD
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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.

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  • Audio CD (28 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000025JVX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,040 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Simple Minds had the world at their feet... 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Watershed moment ..... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 80s Stadium rock at its best.... 2 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
This has always been one of my favourite albums. Having just finally bought it on CD from Amazon, I have spent a good deal of time already re-living the music that was the backdrop to my mid to late teens. Each song is fantastically well put together. Robin Clark's backing vocals soar in and out of such classics as 'Alive & Kicking' combining brilliantly with Jim's voice and Mel's drums. What else can I say - this is their best album. Buy it, play it and remember those amazing stadium gigs !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time 28 Sep 2010
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A great trip down memory lane, then a little bit more after listening to this album once again. My last copy was on cassette, and the digital remastering brings out the great sound of this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple minds at their best. 28 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an example of stadium rock at it's best. Each song is well is a classic in it's own right. There is only eight tracks but it is the type of album that leaves you wanting more and not the type of album where you have to press the 'skip' button because of a disappointing track. Brilliant lyrics, Kerr and Burchill as ever sound superb and if you liked the anthemic minds, then this is what you should have in your collection. one thing that made them great was the keyboards of Michael Macneil, which come through superbly on this album. This, combined with the backing vocals of Sue Hadjapoulos lifted minds to some startling choruses which you can't help but feel lift you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Zminds at their best
Great Album that I've been wanting on cd for years, love simple minds one of their best.Bands these day need to step up as you can't beat the old music.
Published 7 months ago by Cpt pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure 80s Nostalgia!
Listening to this again for the first time in about ten years, takes me right back to my late teenage years when I thought I was invincible and could do anything! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dunham Family
5.0 out of 5 stars once upon a time
bought as usual to replace worn out vinyl this album i think is a bit on the commercial side not that it detracts from the musical content at all some great songs here but one or... Read more
Published 9 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars remastered master of an album
This was my first foray into the Minds, I recall listening to Mick Macneil's keyboards and thinking what a great sound the group had created, total and pure synergy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!
I was a bit worried about getting this digitally remastered edition,
but it's great. The sound is crystal clear.
This has got to be one their very best albums. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cathy C
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Published 15 months ago by PETER WHITE
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time!
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. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Gilgamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars good pop music.
Bands should rule the airwaves (not fake electronic music like todays slop) , they make good music of all types including this. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Michael Dobey
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