I bought this Simple Minds CD in Japan (where I was then living) back when it was originally released in 1989-90, and I have not stopped listening to it since then. Simply put, "Street Fighting Years" features some of the best rock and roll that has been released in the past few decades.
Regardless of how you think about the Simple Minds releases that came before and after this CD, "Street Fighting Years" still stands as a gem in its own right. All the songs offer warmth, intelligence, and raw courage in dealing with the issues of our time, such as apartheid and Northern Ireland. This recording, for me, was a welcome relief from the apathetic cr*p that most rockers around the world were putting out in the 1980s.
Symbolically, this album stands out as a shining light for the closing of one decade and the start of another with the 1990s. Few pop/rock albums, if any, since that time have matched the intensity of this one. Thank you, Simple Minds, for giving us such a gift. "Street Fighting Years" remains a diamond in the new millenium, and I look forward to listening to it again and again in the years to come.