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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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  • ASIN: B001KJHERW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,298 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doogster on 12 Jun 2010
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Simple Minds and U2 got acquainted during the break between New Gold Dream and War (or Under a Blood Red Sky)respectibely. There seems to have been a bit of musical envy on both sides. However the trade off seems to have been more beneficial to the Irishmen who were away with Eno producing the likes of the(very NGD era Simple Minds)track Unforgettable Fire. They found grace and subtelty to go along with their more raw attributes.

Simple Minds meanwhile recruited U2 producer Steve Lillywhite and mega drummer Mel Gaynor and ditched demos that were shaping up to be New Gold Dream part 2.

I agree with other reviews that have said this is one half a killer album. Side 1 is brilliant, Side 2 not so good. And, while I love Upon the Catwalk to bits, the mere fact that anything even slighlty reminescent of the majesty of New Gold Dream, seems forever beyond them from this point on, well it makes you wonder what would have happened had they gone with their New Gold Dream part 2 demos instead?

Their next release Don't You Forget About Me was reasonably nice, inconsequential, and a massive hit. Derek Forbes then left as the original band began to splinter.

Jim Kerr said at the time of NGD that people would be talking about 2 different bands, pre NGD and after. Very true, literally and subjectively. My favourite Simple Minds were the band on Sons and Fascination, New Gold Dream and side 1 of this record.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 11 Aug 2005
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This is one album that perhaps isn't as bad as some of the original fans remember. This was the sound of Simple Minds hitting out for the stadiums.
Coming in the same year as U2's big break through (with 'War') it was decided to use their producer, Steve Lillywhite, for the new S.M. album. This will not go down as one of his better production jobs. The sound is blurred and the attack blunted. Forbes' bass is all but lost in the mix for much of the time. Likewise Kirsty MacCol's vocals on Speed Your Love to Me and Street Hassle are wasted. Speaking of the latter track, the Lou Reed song is given a pretty character less reading.
But there is still Waterfront, an genuinely gripping stadium song, Up on the Catwalk, a capable opening number and the closing Shake of the Ghosts, which takes up where Theme From Great Cities left off.
The track that sounds most like War era U2, The Kick Up Inside of Me, is the track with the best sound, having a bit of kick and passion.
This isn't a bad album. It has a decent bunch of songs presented with a reasonable amount of variety. It is, however, let down by the producer, who has blunted the attack and blurred the sound so that individual instruments were frequently lost in the murk.
It is well worth your pennies, but don't expect genius.
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This, their 6th studio album, consolidated their breakthrough from 'Sons and Fascination' (now released with the 'Sister Feelings Call' album - recorded at the same time). It was a commercial success and contains the one bass guitar note driven track 'Waterfront' (used as the theme for the late eighties/early nineties BBC series 'The Justice Game') which really, for me, marks the new musical direction from a post-punk synth band into a global rock band - the Scottish equivalent of U2, if you like. Just a shame they could not stay together long enough to get the 'Supergroup' tag.
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By Trish on 17 Sep 2013
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Buy it! Not heard this album in years - this is Simple Minds at their finest! Buy it - you won't regret it!
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By J. Camp on 30 Jan 2013
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I loved ngd and was eagerly anticipating this album. We had a little taster at live aid but when it finally was released it was over produced for the "stadium" sound. I wish the original demos could be released as these will have the atmosphere that ngd had.
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By P JONES on 7 Dec 2012
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Classic Simple Minds
Timeless tracks
Anybody who has recently found their music are in for a treat dont miss it
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By P. D. Mcnally on 28 Nov 2012
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this album along with new gold dream i still listen too now, since i started to listen to it when i was a kid, i don't get bored
it is just a fantastic album. Yes, I would have preferred musically for it to have been more along the lines of new gold dream
but still it is an awesome record I would recommend anyone who has not got this album to buy it
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Pearson VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2002
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In interviews around this time, Jim Kerr said that the band had ditched some early demos because "they sounded too much like New Gold Dream part two". The band's subsequent diversion into more conventional rock territory was a surprise to anyone familiar with Simple Minds' previous albums, perhaps most obviously on leading single Waterfront, where Derek Forbes offered a one note, on the beat bassline in lieu of his more typical melodic and rhymically interesting contributions.
In fact, this was to be his last album with the band, until he returned almost invisibly to the fold for Neapolis. In my eyes, his departure marked the end of Simple Minds, who would go on to make only one more album of real artistic merit.
Whatever the band's populist intentions, they appear to have retained enough momentum in terms of quality and artistic endeavour to deliver an album that was not without worth. Mel Gaynor's precision and power at the drum stool were highlighted by Steve Lillywhite's production, temporarily restoring some of the interest lost with Brian McGee's departure, notably on Up On The Catwalk. Elsewhere, though, it emphasised the new, more orthodox sound.
Derek Forbes' alleged dissatisfaction during the sessions for Sparkle In The Rain didn't appear to affect his enjoyment of the subsequent tour, which saw the band on cracking live form. However, their musical confidence led to increasingly extended live versions of their songs, which in some cases, cf The American, worked to great affect, but in retrospect it augurs the overblown and vacuous content of their next album. (Touring Once Upon A Time, they would play a fourteen minute version of (Don't You) Forget About Me, without adding any value over the recorded version.)
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