Monday, 22 July 2013

CD Review: Simple Minds - Celebrate

Perhaps not as in your face as fellow stadium dwellers Queen or U2, Simple Minds certainly knew how to knock out a memorable hit or two back in the 80s.

Indeed during the mid 80s Simple Minds releases were a welcome break in the charts if you were seeking an alternative from the latest one hit wonder or disco hit. Don't You Forget About Me (featured here on Celebrate) not only gave the band a much needed chart reboot in 1985 but also served as a great musical trailer for the film The Breakfast Club.

This deluxe collection features no less than 50 titles taking in the largely forgotten Someone (Somewhere) in The Summertime  and Up On The Catwalk alongside the more obvious but essential Promised You A Miracle (the studio and later live version both feature) and Alive And Kicking.

Early singles such as Life In A Day and The American  feature alongside later cuts See The Lights and She's a River taking in a variety of different approaches, some memorable, some equally forgettable, (unless you really have time to go back and revisit the lesser known material).

Undoubtedly their greatest moment remains 1988’s Belfast Childand Mandela Day, the last true double A sided number one and still epic in nature and delivery.

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