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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep love renewed, 29 Feb. 2012
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I can completely understand why a few people are having problems with this reissue.

I admit I hadn't intended to buy it. I was at the gig on Friday, having a few ecstatic tearful moments, and even then I didn't think I'd be getting hold of this. Then I read a couple of reviews that mentioned the audio quality ...

Well, even though I am definitely a fan, I haven't bothered to replace my Simple Minds CD collection for years. Truth is, I've never felt it was worth doing given that no genuine attempt at remastering has taken place.

And I'm pretty certain this release might not wholly address potential sound quality issues, but it is infinitely better than the old discs. Maybe it's just because what amounts to the current bog standard equipment is so much better than it was a few years back. Or maybe someone has actually had a go at sorting out the sound ... anyway, these discs are so much punchier, wider, brighter (but not at all brittle at the top end), much more and much tighter bass and some seriously big drums ... they sound absolutely freekin' fantastic!

At worst I figured I could justify this purchase with the usual 'it'll be handy for the car' or the classic 'it costs less than a round' ... but no, I don't need those lame justifications.

Sure, it would have been interesting to get to wade through a few demo tracks and/or obscurities, but at this price I'm not bothered, and let's face it, there are bound to be future releases that undertake exactly that.

As for the lack of a decent booklet - or any booklet at all - that does seem pretty odd. But hardly critical, given that anyone who really wants to do some nominal research will only take 30 seconds to arm themselves with online resources.

All in all this turns out to be one of the best reissue packages I've seen.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2012 12:45:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2012 12:47:13 GMT
DJ Control says:
According to the bands website, this box set reissues are the same as the 2002 remasters except the bonus tracks. They were done in 2012. I've been enjoying these albums since buying the full catalogue back in 2002. Will probably buy this for the extra stuff which looks good.

Posted on 23 Mar 2012 04:46:20 GMT
Saw Simple Minds in 1979, supporting Magazine, whilst most of the crowd hung around the bar awaiting Magazine, they missed a treat, Minds had just released "Life in day" & they played a great gig. I brought all five of these albums when first released & updated the formats, i saw Minds tour at various stages as the albums were released, both the albums & gigs were classics imo, BUT then came that horrible single "Alive & kicking" & the sad departure of MacNeil, Forbes & MacGee, suddenly Minds were cast as Scotlands answer to U2 & became a big stadium rock band, that was enough for me, after "New Gold dream", i gave up on the Minds.
After reading your sound review, i am tempted to purchase X5 & wished i had seen their current tour, even though Forbes, McGee & MacNeil didn't return, ( i hope they didn't play "Alive & kicking" as an encore), thank you for a informative review.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 09:05:43 GMT
S. D. Nunn says:
I am having major envy! What an amazing gig - Magazine AND Simple Minds - that's pretty much my dream gig.

But... there's no way of avoiding it; there was definitely something weak about the bass at the recent gigs. Just not the same without the original line up. But they didn't play Alive and Kicking which is truly grim. Maybe there'll be a DVD of the tour - I sort of hope there is cos it was pretty amazing seeing SM play Chelsea Girl alongside album tracks that, I think, must seem fairly obscure to a lot of later fans. And at least it's now obvious that for SM it's the early albums that matter.

I'm going to stay vaguely optimistic about the next album but hopefully not unrealistic. If it is a return to form that will be great, but if not... well, we'll always have the early albums.

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 08:24:24 BDT
Sorry to pour could water on your envy S.D Nunn, but the 1979 gig was let down by crowd invasions on the stage during Magazines set, after about an hour, Howard Devoto said "The people have come to see Magazine, not you" & promptly left the stage never to return, shame spoilt a great night, although i did see the late GREAT John McGeoch (Surely there must be an album released, featuring purely the talents of McGeoch) with The Armoury Show (please reissue their one & only album).
Maybe i will get a chance to see the new Magazine, i love Barry Adamson's albums, very underated & i also hope that the Minds release the X5 tour on DVD or maybe a live a X5 album.
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