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A gem of a greatest hits,
This review is from: Glittering Prize 81/92 (Audio CD)
Since this albums release there have been more inclusive, more complete and definitive collections of Simple Minds (and collect them all if you want to), but at the time of it's release in the early 90's, this album was never intended to be a definite Simple Minds ultimate collection, it was and is just a greatest hits collection of their commercially successful material up to that point. (it was the first time Don't you forget about me had been available on a Simple Minds album).
From the bombastic opening track Waterfront that is a heartfelt eulogy to Glasgow, to the gentle yet political motiviated closer Mandela Day, this collection shows what simple minds about during their most prolifically commercial period. It also serves as a introduction to the band which hopefully encourage new listners to investigate further.
I have to say some of the Amazon reviewers comments are way off the mark regarding the bands songwriting. Belfast child cumbersome? Passionate and hairs on neck raising more like.