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Sparkle In The Rain
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Sparkle In The Rain

3 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 44:53
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,465 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
A review of the Super Deluxe Edition...

Let me start off by writing that Sparkle In The Rain is one of my favourite Simple Minds albums and this Super Deluxe Edition enclosed in its shiny new box is now an oh-so special affair. This was not the case with the first edition. The dvd in this set and a separately released Blu-ray audio disc feature new stereo and surround mixes. In initial pressings they were a mess from start to finish with stereo tracks in mono and a 5.1 mix that had not been encoded correctly. The nice booklet included in the Super Deluxe set was also missing a final paragraph of the band's track by track interview.

To their credit, Universal/Virgin Records were made aware of the issues and arranged new dvd's, BRD's and booklets which I received from them free of charge to Australia. Thanks UMe! If you have a faulty copy get in touch to arrange a replacement. Prospective customers should wait until new corrected sets are available directly via Amazon or contact third party sellers to confirm if they are selling fault free copies.

Now that these errors are rectified this set can be re-evaluated with mostly positive results. Let's re-examine the dvd. The new stereo mix is now present in all its lossless glory and the 5.1 surround mix is a totally new listening experience filling the room and enveloping you in the huge sound that this album has. Also contained on the dvd are three promo videos and three television performances (one from TOTP to playback and two live recordings from The Oxford Road Show which are unfortunately in mono due to their age). All content is now present and correct on the dvd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emsquared on 23 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio
The Blu Ray has a range of audio options including DTS 5.1 surround and a stunningly dynamic Dolby Digital surround mix. The Hi Res Stereo mix as others have pointed out sounds decidedly mono (if it's not mono then it's the narrowest stereo sound stage fold down I've ever heard). The on screen menu is somewhat miniature font wise despite being mandatory for selecting the chosen audio mix and tracks. Our HDMI amp for some reason flips between DTS and Dolby Digital mixes despite having selected which audio format was required prior to track selections but maybe that's just a foible of the Sony STR DN1000 auto detection which often resets itself afresh on a track by track basis here. Playback via an older Blu Ray player with analogue surround outputs direct into a legacy analogue input surround amp solved that particular annoyance. There is a legacy (pre 2014) 24/96 stereo mix of the album lurking in the menu as 'original mix' and this is at least stereo.
Update: Exchanges for first pressing discs in the DVD box set and Blu Ray audio are now being offered so kudos to Universal for recognising the error see:

Further Update: As of June 12th 2015 we have received our replacement Blu Ray audio disc with the corrected 2014 Hi-Res stereo mix now in place. Sounds great. Some issues getting the disc to play on an older Sony S550 compared to the original disc (which still plays without issue albeit with the mono fault) but maybe it's already time for a new Blu Ray player.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Greg Thomas on 20 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
Received this from Amazon on Monday morning - ordered months ago as its one of my favourite albums from Simple Minds.

Whilst Steven Wilsons 5.1 mix is superb - as his usually are - I had to listen to the stereo track several times before concluding that there is a serious issue with it - its verging on mono. I will be contacting Amazon to report this, but it is all over other forums - have a look at Steve Hoffmans forums - you'll see what I mean. Whether this affects the box set or the DVD I don't know, but please save your money until this issue is fixed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 19 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
This review is about the deluxe boxset. Congratulations Universal. The quality control of your company has reached a new low. My question when I see all these botched "deluxe" re-issues (OMD, New Order, Duran Duran, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Pink Floyd, Aztec Camera, Robert Palmer, you name it) is always the same: why don't they let bootleggers do the work? Seriously we have reached a point where a bootleg product has better quality control.
This particular Simple Minds release continues the tradition with a booklet that stops halfway through a sentence (did they forget there were more pages to print?), wrong song credits, lots of typos and a DVD where the new Steven Wilson stereo mix (one of the most interesting elements of this re-issue - in theory) has been folded to MONO, which is a fault serious enough to take this nice box, re-package it and send it back to Amazon for a refund.

EDIT: Upon further investigation it appears that also the 5.1 mix has issues.

There is also some confusion about the first CD (the original album): it is not clear if it is newly remastered (as claimed somewhere) or simply a copy of the 2002 remaster (as claimed somewhere else). Unfortunately I can't shed any light on this as I do not have the 2002 remaster to compare.

EDIT: The first CD (the main album) is indeed newly remastered.

To complete my review, in case you don't know this album (although I doubt people are interested in a 5 disc boxset of an unknown album): Side 1 is good, Side 2 not so much; Steve Lillywhite's production pumps up the Simple Minds sound to propel them to stardom, setting the first step towards their (in my opinion) pathetic stadium rock period (Once Upon A Time, Street Fighting Years, etc) for the disappointment of those fans that loved the more subtle Simple Minds of Empires And Dance, Sons And Fascination and New Gold Dream.
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