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3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1981 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1981 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:08:54
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  • ASIN: B001KL58PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,475 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By F. Pearson VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's a rash music lover who doesn't pay heed to the musings of John Peel and during the playback of a session that Simple Minds recorded for his show to promote these albums, he speculated that they were "a band at the very height of their powers".
Certainly the band - unceremoniously and unfairly dumped by Arista after the record company misread the demand for Empires and Dance - were brimming with confidence and riding the flood of their creative juices. Placed by new label, Virgin, into the studio with ex-Gong guitarist Steve Hillage in the production seat, the band recorded a wealth of material, which resulted in a second album, Sister Feelings Call, being released free (initially) with its sibling, Sons and Fascination.
Ironically, years later Jim Kerr would blame Hillage for not imposing more discipline on the band and went on to suggest the songs could have been better arranged. Sometimes, he said, it sounded like there was more than one song going on in the same track. It's an exaggeration, I know, but it's like Monet saying that he wishes someone had made him paint more precisely; an artist decrying the elements of his work that made it so compelling.
At the time, though, the then evidently more artistically switched on Kerr did a fantastic job of turning the band's complex musical creations into songs. Certainly it's difficult to think of many vocalists who, confronted by the music, would fashion something so catchy as 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall or, indeed, would have the good taste to resist the urge to take part in the invigorating Theme For Great Cities.
In an unfortunate twist of musical history, this was to be Brian McGee's last album with the band, just as the powerful drummer appeared to reach his creative apogee.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 26 Mar 2004
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This album, together with the previous "Empires and Dance" and the subsequent "New Gold Dream" see Simple Minds at their creative peak. Originally, "Sons and Fascination" was released with "Sister Feelings Call" as a double record package. That there is no padding of material on either record is testament to how much of a roll that the band were on. Thematically, the album is exploring images of America, but musically it is locked in a very European setting. Elements of Can, Neu, DAF and Brian Eno can be heard, but the band are treading their own distinctive path now. There is so much going on here. The opening "In Trance as Mission" sets the scene for the album. Derek Forbes bass straight away setting the rhythm over which Mick McNeils synths weave in and out. "Sweat in Bullet" is all rubbery bass. The beautifully haunting "This Earth that You Walk Upon" has some excellent atmospheric guitar by Charlie Burchill. He, together with the late John McGeoch from Magazine, were surely the most original guitarists to have come out of that time and both have never been given the credit they deserve. Just listen to the wah-wah guitar solo on "The American" for instance.
This album is all widescreen vistas, energetic, bold and of it's time. Credit must be given to producer Steve Hillage. Though known at the time for his work with Gong and his own prog based solo albums, here he is pointing to his future techno work as System 7. The album didn't reach the critical or commercial height's which the following, "New Gold Dream" achieved, but at the time Simple Minds were seen as torch bearers for bold, new techno based rock. Today, the couplet of "Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call" still impresses and can be rightfully placed along with "New Gold Dream" in the canon of the great early 80's albums such as "The Correct Use of Soap", "Sulk", "Tin Drum" and "Penthouse and Pavement".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doogster on 12 Jun 2010
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Empires and Dance was a great title and concept with a small smattering of good and one great track that live up to the premise. This album(s) is/are really Empires and Dance Part 2 with the same concept in place (another great title) but much more fully realised here, and the music has become more muscular, more dance-orientated, confident and cohesive. The drive / aggression of the rhythm section propel each track, the keyboards and the spare guitar work add colour and atmosphere and Jim Kerr is at his absolute inspired best here. Each track is a European mini epic. My favourites are In Trance As Mission (love these titles), Love Song, 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall, Theme for Great Cities and, my absolute favourite, Seeing Out the Angel.

This is drummer Brian McGee's last album with the band and he is greatly missed, even on the following majestic New Gold Dream.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2001
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Made in 1981 under the helm of Steve Hillage ( of Gong and dance act System 7 )this album never ceases to amaze me. From the first track 'In Trance As Mission'(a high guitar exploration of soundscaping wonder and slow vocals) to 'Theme For Great Cities'(a truly gliding instrumental fueled by Michael MacNeils keyboard wizardry, that manages to remain fresh and vital still in a world of dance and high energy music) to the earth chugging bass that reverberates through the spine in 'Love Song', this album is early Simple Minds offering us a chance to glimpse the sun from behind the clouds. This was their first truly great long player and paved the way for the classics to follow, 'Sparkle In The Rain' and 'New Gold Dream'. Jim Kerrs vocals remain bold sounding and magnificent against the intricate web of noise created by the band. If you are going to buy an 80's album that isn't an 'obvious' choice and stands out from the other acts of that era, i strongly advise you to purchase it today.
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