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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00009UWEW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Early Gold is a showcase for a very different Simple Minds to the earnest stadium band that had hits like Alive&Kicking and Belfast Child in the 80s. It focuses on the band's first five albums, from 1978's Life in a Day to 1982's masterpiece New Gold Dream. Early Gold betters the earlier Celebration-collection, as it focuses on the years 81&82 (even if it does miss off a few tracks from Celebration- notably Kant Kino & Kaleidoscope). This compilation shows that early Simple Minds were something very different- very individual; like Roxy Music they created mindblowing music and then drifted towards MOR. This compilation provides enough evidence to realise that in post-punk terms they were as interesting and wonderful as Human League#1, Japan, Joy Division, Magazine & Wire.
Like many acts (The Cure, Japan) Simple Minds debut would be flawed- though the two best songs Chelsea Girl & the title track have been selected (the former is great). It's very formative, but producer John Leckie would help them develop. By 1979, Leckie & the Minds had made a much more promising album, Real to Reel Cacophony- from which there are several tracks. Premonotion is the missing link between Japan and Joy Division, while Changeling sees them create an alien electronica- if Gary Numan tried to play like Chic?
This compilation really takes off with 1980's I Travel, a cut-up Trans Europe Express that offers a proto-techno sound: "Travel round/I travel round/Decadence & pleasure towns/tragedies, luxuries, statues, parks, and galleries...". There is also the robo-funk of Celebrate and one of the highlights of the source album Empires&Dance, 30 Frames a Second: bleak-krautrock inflections with sci-fi time reversal recalling Philip K Dick.
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The story of Simple Minds is almost the mirror opposite of U2. Early Simple Minds were effortlessly experimental in contrast to the latter's dodgy rock sound. They both morphed and evolved into the same stadium rock band around 84/85 before U2 began their experimental rise and the Minds sailed off to stadium rock mediocrity. 'Early Gold' gives us a reminder of just how good and innovative the pre-stadium band was.
The first 2 tracks marry the simple guitar riff and simple keyboard melody that would become a Simple Minds trademark through the years. On their second album Simple Minds seem to have found their voice. 'The Changling' sounds very similiar to Gary Numan's 'Cars' with it's menacing keyboard and jangly guitar riff. On 'Factory' we again hear that wonderful interplay between guitar and synth (you can definitely hear the influence of early Simple Minds on bands like Killing Joke). Like a lot of great post-punk bands Simple Minds never lost sight of their pop sensibility. Perhaps the best track on this compilation is the brilliant 'I Travel', surely the best marriage of punk and disco ever heard. It's energy is relentless from its aggressive rhythm to its 'Chic-like' guitar riff. What also makes Simple Minds a great band is the power that Jim Kerr's voice commands, as can be heard on 'Celebrate'. '30 Frames A Second' shows the band's classic taste for pop construction, throwing in an uplifting keyboard sequence after downbeat verses. From the next album comes the hypnotic riff of 'The American', a track that doen't hide it's resentment at the world superpower. Another amazing track is 'Love Song' with its funky bass and a guitar technique that wouldn't be lost on The Edge.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 6 July 2003
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Simple Minds are a hugely misunderstood band- whose reputation as one of THE cult UK bands of the new wave/post-punk era alongside The Human League, Japan, Joy Division & Wire is frequently overlooked. This is largely due to the shift towards stadium rock with Sparkle in the Rain and then the success of Don't You/Once Upon a Time, prior to their commercial high of Street Fighting Years (1989). Like influence Roxy Music, they moved from a highly original art-rock band to a largely popular stadium act who walked the thin-line between bombast & MOR. This compilation attempts to address their early works and provides ample evidence why Early Simple Minds rank as one of the great acts, taking in a selection of tracks from Life in a Day (1978), Real to Reel Cacophony (1979), Empires&Dance (1980), Sons&Fascination (1981), Sister Feelings Call (1981) & New Gold Dream (1982).
The selection is more or less perfect, an advance on the earlier 'Early Minds' compilation 'Celebration'- the two tracks from the debut album are the best, particularly Chelsea Girl. The debut is not brilliant, but shows a band that were open to possibilities. Follow-up Real to Reel... was much more succesful- though sadly key tracks like Real to Real, Film Theme & Calling Your Name are passed over. Still, Premonition, Factory and the brilliant Changeling show a band advancing hugely on their debut.
1980's Empires&Dance would see a label change and the original Minds-line-up's first complete success (its cover would also influence the cover to the Manics'Holy Bible)- the Kerr, Burchill, MacNeil, Forbes & McGee line-up making a perfect soundtrack to a world of European travelogue, to the height of the Cold War in the 80s (Iran-Hostage Crisis, The invasion of Afghanistan, the after-effects of Cambodia...
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