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Promised You a Miracle: Simple Minds Expand Early Albums for New Box Set, Tour

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In 1985, Scottish rockers Simple Minds burst onto the American music scene in a big way with “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” the chart-topping theme to iconic teen drama The Breakfast Club. Before their brush with John Hughes-induced fame, though, the band released a batch of increasingly successful post-punk and New Wave records between 1979 and 1982.

This winter, to coincide with the “5×5 Tour” in Europe, which will see founding members – singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill – leading Simple Minds through five tracks from each of those first five albums per night, that section of the band’s catalogue has been expanded and remastered for a brand new box set.

Simple Minds x5 includes the band’s first five records – Life in a Day (1979), Real to Real Cacophony (1979), Empires and Dance (1980), Sons and Fascination (1981), Sister Feelings Call (1981) and New Gold Dream 81/82/83/84 (1982) – all featuring the same remastering job as applied to the albums in 2002, along with between two and six newly-remastered bonus cuts for every disc. These include original B-sides, extended remixes and live rarities, all of which have been previously released on various singles in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

After the jump, check out the rundown of Simple Minds x5, available February 13 in Europe, one day ahead of the tour’s start in Lisbon, Portugal.

Simple Minds x5 (EMI SMBOX 2 (U.K.), 2012)

Disc 1: Life in a Day (originally released as Zoom Records ZULP 1, 1979)

  1. Someone
  2. Life in a Day
  3. Sad Affair
  4. All for You
  5. Pleasantly Disturbed
  6. No Cure
  7. Chelsea Girl
  8. Wasteland
  9. Destiny
  10. Murder Story
  11. Special View (B-side to “Life in a Day” – Zoom ZUM 10, 1979)
  12. Garden of Hate (B-side to “Chelsea Girl” – Zoom ZUM 11, 1979)

Disc 2: Real to Real Cacophony (originally released as Zoom Records/Arista SPART 1109, 1979)

  1. Reel to Real
  2. Naked Eye
  3. Citizen (Dance of Youth)
  4. Carnival (Shelter in a Suitcase)
  5. Factory
  6. Cacophony
  7. Veldt
  8. Premonition
  9. Changeling
  10. Film Theme
  11. Calling Your Name
  12. Scar
  13. Kaleidoscope (Flexi-disc A-side – Arista ARIST 372-C, 1980)
  14. Film Theme (Dub) (Flexi-disc B-side – Arista ARIST 372-C, 1980)
  15. Premonition (Live @ Hurrah’s Club, New York – 10/24/1979) (B-side to “Changeling” – Arista ARIST 325, 1980)

Disc 3: Empires and Dance (originally released as Arista SPART 1140, 1980)

  1. I Travel
  2. Today I Died Again
  3. Celebrate
  4. This Fear of Gods
  5. Capital City
  6. Constantinople Line
  7. Twist/Run/Repulsion
  8. Thirty Frames a Second
  9. Kant Kino
  10. Room
  11. New Warm Skin (B-side to “I Travel” – Arista ARIST 372, 1980)
  12. I Travel (Extended Mix) (12″ A-side – Arista 12-448, 1980)
  13. Celebrate (Extended Mix) (12″ A-side – Arista 12-394, 1980)

Disc 4: Sons and Fascination (originally released as Virgin V-2207, 1981)

  1. In Trance As Mission
  2. Sweat in Bullet
  3. 70 Cities As Love Brings the Fall
  4. Boys from Brazil
  5. Love Song
  6. This Earth That You Walk Upon
  7. Sons and Fascination
  8. Seeing Out the Angel
  9. Sweat in Bullet (Extended Remix) (12″ A-side – Virgin VS-451 12, 1981)
  10. In Trance As Mission (Live @ Hammersmith Odeon, London – 9/25/1981) (B-side to “Sweat in Bullet” 12″ –  Virgin VS-451 12, 1981)
  11. This Earth That You Walk Upon (Instrumental) (B-side to “Love Song” 12″ – Virgin VS-434 12, 1981)

Disc 5: Sister Feelings Call (originally released as Virgin OVED-2, 1981)

  1. Theme for Great Cities
  2. The American
  3. 20th Century Promised Land
  4. Wonderful in Young Life
  5. League of Nations
  6. Careful in Career
  7. Sound in 70 Cities
  8. The American (Extended Mix) (12″ A-side – Virgin VS-410 12, 1981)
  9. League of Nations (Live @ Hammersmith Odeon, London – 9/25/1981) (B-side to “Sweat in Bullet” 12″ –  Virgin VS-451 12, 1981)

Disc 6: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (originally released as Virgin V-2230, 1982)

  1. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
  2. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
  3. Promised You a Miracle
  4. Big Sleep
  5. Somebody Up There Likes You
  6. New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
  7. Glittering Prize
  8. Hunter and the Hunted
  9. King is White and in the Crowd
  10. Promised You a Miracle (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – Virgin VS-488 12, 1982)
  11. Glittering Prize (Club Mix) (12″ A-side – Virgin VS-511 12, 1982)
  12. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) (Extended Mix) (12″ A-side – Virgin VS-538 12, 1982)
  13. Soundtrack for Every Heaven (B-side to “Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)” 12″  – Virgin VS-538 12, 1982)
  14. New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) (German 12” Remix) (12″ A-side – Virgin VINX 1, 1983)
  15. In Every Heaven (from New Gold Dream DVD-Audio – Virgin 72438 13171 9 8, 2005)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 5, 2012 at 15:53

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  1. All of these bonus tracks were previously available on the “Themes” volumes, right? Or is this stuff that has never been on CD before? At any rate, the price is pretty good for a box of six CDs plus bonus tracks. I wish there was a booklet or liner notes of some kind, though.

    Don

    January 5, 2012 at 16:28

    • In fact some of the bonuses were sought after for a long time :

      First time on CD :
      – Special View,
      – Garden of Hate,
      – Film Theme Dub,
      – Premonition (live 1979/10/24),
      – New Warm Skin,
      – Celebrate (extended)
      – Kaleidoscope also appeared as a b-side with I Travel 12″, it was available on CD on the (now deleted) compilation Celebration,
      – In Every Heaven was only available on the hard to find New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) DVD-Audio

      Already available on the “Themes” volumes :
      – I Travel (extended),
      – The American (extended),
      – This Earth That You Walk Upon (instrumental) (only on the reissues),
      – Sweat in Bullet (extended remix),
      – League of Nations (live 1981/09/25),
      – In Trance as Mission (live 1981/09/25),
      – Promised You a Miracle (extended version),
      – Glittering Prize (club mix),
      – Someone Somewhere (in Summertime) (extended) (only on the reissues),
      – Soundtrack for Every Heaven,
      – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (German 12″ remix),

      Appeared on the “Themes” volumes, but is NOT in this box set :
      – Seeing Out the Angel (instrumental remix), from Promised You a Miracle 12″ (appeared on the “Themes” volumes),
      – Glittering Prize (extended theme), from Glittering Prize 12″,
      – King Is White and in the Crowd (session), from Someone Somewhere (in Summertime) 7″ & 12″,

      Still missing :
      – Premonition (live 1981/09/25), from Sweat in Bullet 2*7″,
      – Thirty Frames a Second (live 1981/09/25) from I Travel 7″ & 12″ reissue,
      – I Travel (live 1981/09/25) from I Travel 12″ reissue

      And I think that’s it for the officially available tracks of this era… Hope this helps…

      Megatof

      February 3, 2012 at 12:47

  2. £12.99, less VAT on amazon.co.uk. Ordered!

    Dean Harris

    January 6, 2012 at 13:13


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