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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000093006
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,682,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Swimming Towards The Sun
  2. Jeweller To The Stars
  3. Space
  4. Death By Chocolate
  5. Waiting For the End Of The World
  6. Neon City Cowboys
  7. She Knows
  8. Hello
  9. Happy Is The Man
  10. Sleeping

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Our Secrets Are the Same has come to be regarded--at least by those Simple Minds fans loyal enough to maintain an interest--as Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill's legendary "lost" studio album, a record injudiciously denied the fair hearing of a general release and condemned to languish in penal pop obscurity, an innocent victim of music industry politics. Recorded before the release of 1998's Neapolis (arguably not a career highlight), duly completed but not mixed and then pencilled-in for official release in the first few months of 2000, the album was eventually shelved indefinitely when Simple Minds' professional relationship with their record company (ironically, the label that has now seen fit to release it) disintegrated to the point of divorce.

Legal shenanigans and matters of rock fashion aside, it is fair to say that Our Secrets Are the Same thoroughly deserves its overdue freedom. While Simple Minds persist in advertising their Achilles heel by wrapping-up their material in the corporate power dressing of 1980s stadium-rock production, it isn't unreasonable to estimate that songs with the overt pop sensibility of "Jeweller to the Stars" (a muscular rocker with a dance groove, foxy bass lines, shimmering bottleneck guitar and a chorus that playlist sifters would adore) could have stormed the charts in more sympathetic times. And what of the even better "Death by Chocolate", with its cheeky theme and crafty folk-guitar parts? Imagine the fun a contemporary knob-twiddling guru like Mirwais could have with that. At times like these you really wonder if Simple Minds are merely a style tweak and a hip production hair-breadth's away from renewed chart action and critical applause. --Kevin Maidment

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Format: Audio CD
Pity this excellent Simple Minds album ( written over 5 years ago ) is still not on general release , as copies via certain sources reveal a quality yet to be heard since the classic 1982 album NEW GOLD DREAM .
Its not that albums like Once Upon A Time , Street Fighting Years and CRY disappointed , far from it , but the Jim Kerr/Charlie Burchill combination produces tracks like Space and Death by Chocolate to a level that makes the album NEOPOLIS look like a bad year at the office .
For every Minds fan , this album is a must , for any one who thinks SIMPLE MINDS are passed it , open your ears and be pleasantly surprised.
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When I first heard this album, it totally blew me away!!!! From the opener, "Swimming Towards The Sun" through to the finalle that is "Sleeping", this album grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go! To try and find a poor track is like trying to find that proverbial needle in a haystack. It just does not exist.
To my Heavy Metal damaged ears, "Jeweller To The Stars" is the highlight, such a strong track, this could well be the single release that would put the Minds back in the singles charts. The entire album has such a "relaxed" feel about it, despite the fact that every track is an attack on the aural senses.
This album has been long awaited, and for those fans that have not been lucky enough to procure a "bootleg" copy, you are in for the treat of your lives!!
The sound of the magic that is Simple Minds continues to grow and mature.
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Being one of the significant minority lucky enough to have heard this album already, I can confirm that it represents their best body of work since 1989's Street Fighting Years and is as good as anything they have ever done. It provides the Mind strongest melodies and lyrical ideas since SFY and unlike their output throught the 90s and 00s is strong from the first track to the last. Thoughtful, well crafted tunes, which should be free from the 'overblown'tags cheaply thrown at the band in the past. Whatsmore, they actually sound like a band again, rather than a couple of guys with a drum machine. Standout tracks are Space, Neon Cowboys, She Knows, Death by Chocolate, Sleeping.... I could go on as there isn't a weak link. This will appeal to old and new fans alike, but no doubt it will get zero airplay or promotion... if only it had been released 10 years earlier.....
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Our Secrets are the Same was recorded between April and June 1999 and originally planned for release in early 2000 but this was delayed many times and even cancelled until it finally its was released on 18 October 2004 as part of Silver Box. This makes that boxed set of live recordings, demos and radio/TV recordings a whole lot more desirable, although it is still pretty expensive and you may not want all that other stuff. The place that you can get hold of this album as an mp3 download is from iTunes, where you can just download the last disc in the Silver Box set. It seems odd, when you hear the quality of this album thta the band had such difficulty getting it released on its own
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After new signs of life with last year's tour and album the Minds return with the unexpected release of "Our Secrets Are the Same". This album should have been released in 2000 when the band was still contracted to EMI. It is a long story with some legal background that ended with the break between the band and the record company. It is well known that the album once leaked to the public when a DJ in Barcelona played it on the radio. But the crappy broadcast is nothing compared to this high-quality version. It is worth every penny and it is fair to say that this is one of the best albums of the band ever. It basically sums up all the strengths of previous recordings and enhances the Minds experience by unprecedented vocals and sounds. Thanks to Virgin for getting it finally released.
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