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on 10 August 2009
Bruce Lampcov's turbo-charged, echoing production on this album makes it sound like it's been recorded in the batcave - and an empty one at that. Don't worry, that's no bad thing Reverb pedal turned up to eleven, Simple Minds let rip in the only way they know how - bombastically, passionately and beautifully.

Recorded at their commercial peak toward the end of the eighties, it's not the standards of their most recent work at the time, Once Upon A Time, that resonate here, it's the complete live reworking of some of the songs from their previous two albums, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain that make the hairs on the back of the neck stand to attention.

Big Sleep is slowed to allow a vocal performance from Jim Kerr that is at once authorative, yet vulnerable - the heartbreaking keyboard coda playing over the song like the you're actually receiving your last rites but don't mind. Someone, Somewhere In Summertime is beefed up from the album version but retains its ethereal essence. Book Of Brilliant Things becomes the hands-in-the-air celebration rock-out it was surely written as, and, its sister song: East At Easter, stripped down from the trappings of the band becomes Kerr's heart-wrenching solo performance on the album.

You could nit-pick that no album before New Gold Dream was represented here, save a snippet of Love Song from the outro medely, but that would be getting away from the point. This album represents one of the most soulful UK bands of all time strutting their stuff at the peak of their powers. Bono once said that he wanted to be in Simple Minds - he knew the debt he owed them. The inclusion of Sun City dates the piece somewhat and the Dance To The Music band introduction is a bit toe-curling, but hey, this was the eighties after all. Saying that, the reason i give this a maximum 5-stars is the pay-off at the end: The version of New Gold Dream is as sublime and moving a song, live or otherwise, that you will ever hear.

Ok, the albums been doctored a bit in post-production but every song on here is superior to the album version and must be owned. I own one live album - this one.
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on 27 March 2003
This the album that got me listening to Simple Minds music other than the traditional favourates Don't You (Forget About Me) and Alive and Kicking. The album has a great uplifting feeling to it that comes from the electric guitar and the keyboards. There is not one dull song on the album and is definatly worth the price. The only question remains after listening to this album is that of why have Simple Minds never released any other live albums? If unsure give the album a go!
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on 18 May 2000
Yes a truly brilliant masterpiece. They are able to rework all of their songs on a live stage and still keep the central themes and spirit of the song. Highlights include Alive and kicking, Book of Brilliant things, somewhere in summer time, promised you a miracle, and of course the final song New Gold Dream.
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on 9 June 2009
Simply a fantastic snapshot of the time, and Simple Minds at their peak. I would suggest max volume in the car or on headphones to get the best effect from this. Had a wobbly cassette version of this for years, was so pleased it has been re-released.
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on 12 March 2013
a great live album,taking me back to a great time on my journey.a timeless peace of music history,long live simple minds live.
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on 1 April 2001
This one of the most special band of the wordl, because combines some kind of music of the finally 70`s and early 80's, with passion, style, and brilliant performance. The result is an unique rock & pop sound, that I have never heard, which is its brand of the band, like any band of the world.
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VINE VOICEon 3 July 2004
Simple Minds - Live in the City of Light was recorded at Le Zenith in Paris in August '86 and originally released in the spring of '87. It is a definitive live album of its era and for Simple Minds as a band. The Album is a superb snapshot of the 'minds' at their stadium filling best in the 80's, and 17 years on, the production and recording quality still sounds on the whole pretty good.
There are no really weak tracks here but the inclusion of Oh Jungleland and a dubious medley of Love Song (a great live track in it's own right)\Sun City\Dance to the music now sounds a little out of place alongside other traditional 'minds' live classics which have lasted in their live set to the present day such as Waterfront, Alive and Kicking, Don't you forget about me and the sublime New Gold Dream, but as this was originally recorded 18 years ago we can forgive these inclusions, as creative ideas and outlook for the band will have changed a great deal in that time.
Despite this Album being originally released 17 years ago, Live in the City of Light still stands up as a good live recording with versions of Ghost dancing, Big Sleep, Someone Somewhere in Summertime and New Gold Dream being my standout tracks. For me the weakest area of this album is Jim Kerr's vocals which are at times putting it kindly variable, particularly when the going gets tough and he has to push his voice. The vocals ending up more of a gruff shout at times, and it is for this reason why the album doesn't get the full 5 stars from me. Also the keyboards and percussion can at times come across as over indulgent and occasionally too dominant in the mix, perhaps an indication of the era and production techniques used at the time the album was recorded, and also the bands approach to their music at the time.
In many ways it is a shame this remains their only official live album release to date as having witnessed their live performance recently on the Floating World tour, I am happy to report that they sound even better now than they do on this album. Live in the City of Light mainly includes tracks that attained chart success up to and including the excellent Once upon a time album, so no tracks from Street Fighting years, the superb Real Life or Good News from the Next World all of which were released subsequent to this Album.
Truthfully Live in the City of Light is really one for the die hard fans, but if you are one and haven't yet heard or purchased this album, do so and Enjoy...
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VINE VOICEon 10 December 2006
What to say about this album? Every song is a corker and the performance and production are superb. I bought this for the singles but found myself loving every single song. A masterpiece.
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on 31 July 2011
The album chronicles them at their world conquering best, and as such, is usually vilified for the usual reasons. Subtle as a boot in the face. Pretentious and over the top. Final proof that they've lost the majestic lightness and drive of their middle period albums. And yet, it features a belting Alive and Kicking where you need the big drums to make the song come alive. Best of all is the closer. New Gold Dream slowed down, increasing the motorik drive and when Jim shouts 'goodnight', the rest of the crew are allowed to kick back on spidery runs - an all too fleeting demonstration of their greatness. That track alone is worth the admission money.
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on 10 August 2016
Prompt delivery, excellent condition, very pleased with purchase and would certainly use seller again. The album captures Simple Minds at their stadium rousing best, I had a CD copy but in listening to the vinyl it feels to me that the CD missed some of the atmosphere. Glad that I decided to invest in the vinyl - thanks
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