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Simple Minds scores BIG!!, 17 Dec 2012
This set is simply superb. Before they became huge stadium rockers in the mid to late 80's, Simple Minds made some fantastic synth-laden albums which were on the left side of the mainstream. Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance, Sister Feelings Call, Sons and Fascination, and New Gold Dream were all released between 1979-1982, and aside from New Gold Dream, the band seemed to stubbornly turn their back on their earliest songs for more safe, commercial territory.
Early in 2012, Virgin Records remastered and packaged the first six titles in a box set titled 5X5, and each disc had some bonus material added to them. The two EPs from 1981, Sister Feelings Call and Sons and Fascination, were counted as one album, which accounts for the 5. Then to the delights of many of the band's longtime fans, Simple Minds embarked an a tour where they played whole concerts featuring 5 songs from each of the five albums.
This led to the cd where are talking about here. It's an amazing two-disc companion to the 5X5 studio box set. There are too many highlights to mention, but even though Simple Minds has undergone many lineup changes in its 34 year history, there have been two dominant forces intact since day one - singer Jim Kerr, and guitarist Charlie Burchill. The songs from 5X5 that were chosen were performed beautifully, in a way to make them not sound retro, but futuristic even here in 2012.
70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall, Changeling, Someone, Life In A Day, Calling Your Name and In Trance As Mission were passionately resurrected, and even though Jim and Charlie hadn't touched some of these in decades, you wouldn't even know it. This title far exceeded my expectations. A splendid accomplishment for a band with a brilliant early catalog to return to. I for one am glad they did.