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5X5 Live

Simple Minds Audio CD
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Simple Minds: '5 X 5 Live'. Recorded live on the band's triumphant tour in 2012, 5X5 Live is the live companion to the recent, critically acclaimed X5 collection. Featuring music from the bands incredibly creative early period, drawing from the landmark albums Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires And Dance, Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call and New Gold Dream, X5 Live is an incredible momento of an amazing tour. The album comes as a 2 disc set in a clamshell box with booklet and 25" x 25" poster. EMI. 2012.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The live album we have been waiting for ! Sept. 27 2013
By Sly
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This album is great and it’s the live album old fans have been waiting for ! All the great songs from their first 5 albums are on this awesome CD ! And the live version of these great songs are really great, Jim Kerr's voice is in good shape and Charles Burchill guitar playing are really excellent ! I can’t name my best songs because i like them all ! But songs like Big Sleep, king is white and on the crowd, hunter and hunted, as well as all their early hits like the american, someone somewere in somertimes, new gold dream, promised you a miracle are really good.

If you just know their songs after Don’t you forget about me it’s also a good idea to know the real soul of Simple Minds.

Can’t wait to see them next month in Montreal !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds 5x5 Live Dec 18 2012
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Phenomenal album. This is a perfect example of the best live band in the world. Excellent value for money with 31 tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid as usual. Dec 1 2012
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Simple Minds have always sounded killer live and sound no different here. The sound is amazing. Just finished listening to it on my surround system. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live recording of a very special tour Nov. 27 2012
By mfsimpson - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been 25 years since Simple Minds last released an official live album. In the meantime, I've collected countless bootlegs and recently started buying official "instant" recordings from some of their recent tours. Those are the straight from the soundboard recordings made available to fans right after a concert is finished. They're nice, but quite rough around the edges. Usually the vocals sound flat or poorly mixed on the instantly available recordings. This new album, in contrast, is a dramatic step towards a more professionally mixed and produced album. But it stays true to the performances, unlike their live album from 1987 (Live in the City of Lights) which was overmixed and overdubbed with studio recordings. 5x5 Live captures what I can only assume are the best performances of virtually every song played in Simple Minds's 5x5 Tour (2012). This was a unique concept project in which the band played 5 songs from each of their first 5 albums. What makes those albums special is that they are widely considered to be the band at it's artistic high point, before it went mainstream with songs like Don't You Forget About Me and Alive and Kicking. Don't get me wrong. I'm not panning those songs or the modern Simple Minds sound. I love it all. But there is something undeniably special about their first 5 (or 6) albums. They could have artistically pulled off a 6x6 tour, but it would have made for very long concerts. LOL. Anyway, I highly encourage all fans of the band to get this album. It's everything I could hope for from a live album. Jim's vocals sound great, all of the instruments are perfectly mixed, and nothing appears to be overdubbed or re-recorded. Unlike the City of Lights album, they had a whole tour to take songs from. I would have liked it if they had listed the dates for each song on the album. But that information is available on Simon Cornwell's Dream Giver unofficial site.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did not believe it could be this good! March 6 2013
By Gary Bauder - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabulous performances of iconic classic Simple Minds! They were definitely feeling it during these shows! The return to form is amazing, after some years in the doldrums...this just flat out rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A required listening for all simple minds fans new and old Aug. 18 2013
By negative1 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you live in the US, you probably never get to see the simple minds anymore. (Although that might change). But the British and Europeans have been enjoying some of the best concerts simple minds have done in recent years. This package is great for those that want to see what it was like. Although the track order isn't exactly chronological, you can reorder them for yourself to make it just the way you like. The new gold dream song era is my favorite, although they revisit a lot of their earlier less played tracks. Everything sounds great. Well worth it. For all fans new and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Gem April 23 2013
By Focused Frenzy - Published on Amazon.com
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Band sounds great - despite only two original members (Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill) it "feels" like true Simple Minds to me. The concept of the album/tour is simply brilliant. Take their first 5 albums (counting Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call as one album)and only perform songs from those albums. What a treasure cove! Early Simple Minds has very little in common with the Once Upon a Time / Street Fighting Years / Real Life era. Hearing these old songs in modern, yet faithful live versions reveals a surprisingly diverse, energetic, and strong set that has stood the test of time very well. Compositionally the 31 song set on this double CD displays more quality songwriting than most bands put out in their entire career. Another surprise is how well the chronologically latest album represented in this set, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), fits with the older material. I was more used to hearing NGD in relation to Sparkle in the Rain and the albums that followed. New Gold Dream is represented by six songs: Promised You a Miracle, Someone Somewhere in Summertime, Glittering Prize, Hunter and the Hunted, King is White and in the Crowd, Big Sleep, and the title track and only adds to the strength of this wonderful collection. Another bonus: Kerr doesn't overdo his singing (as on Live in the City of Light from 1987), which would have ruined the feel of these older songs. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What could have been had Mick and Derek stayed Nov. 30 2012
By Toscano Barga - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong I liked B&W and Graffitti Soul quite a bit. However what this set highlights are songs written with contributions from Derek and Mick, and I can't help but believe that had they stayed that Simple Minds would have followed U2 into Worldwide Megastardom.

But, back to this set : The band is sounding great, the songs are well recorded and it was great to re-live some of the Glasgow Tiffany's, Edinburgh NiteClub shows of my youth.
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