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Best Of (W/1 Bonus Track) Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 6 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005QITR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Don't You (Forget About Me) (2001 Digital Remaster)
2. Promised You A Miracle (2001 Digital Remaster)
3. Waterfront (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. Alive And Kicking (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. Glittering Prize (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. All The Things She Said (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Sanctify Yourself (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. Ghostdancing (2001 Digital Remaster)
10. Up On The Catwalk (2001 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 2
1. Let There Be Love (2001 Digital Remaster)
2. This Is Your Land (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
3. Kick It In (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. Let It All Come Down (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. See The Lights (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. Stand By Love (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Real Life (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. She's A River (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. Hypnotised (Edit) (2001 Digital Remaster)
10. Glitterball (2001 Digital Remaster)
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The title of this compilation tells the truth--almost. Although one is moved to question the validity of including the Raven Maize club hit "Real Life"--selected on account of it sampling the tonal poetry of "Theme From Great Cities"(a prime slice of the early Minds' funked-up Eurosynth futurism) and slapped on the end as if to convince a jaded public that Simple Minds really are "contemporary" and have a profound relevance to today's dance scene--this really contains the best of Simple Minds. Which is a very good thing indeed--but where's "Changeling"? These trifling grievances aside, this compilation does Simple Minds' chart-history justice. Sometimes unduly castigated for blustery over-expression and much ado about nothing, re-familiarisation with much of the post-Sparkle In The Rain material reveals a band at ease with an astute musical economy--the grand gesturing of "Mandela Day", for example, may well sound monumentally sincere and overwrought but it consists of a measly three chords, while the trotting-horse bass-line to "Waterfront" is one note repeated for over four minutes (and that note was "D" if you're interested). Some great pop singles aside--"She's A River", "Alive And Kicking", "Up On The Catwalk" and "Promised You A Miracle", a song cut from the same tartan cloth as early Spandau Ballet--the most interesting thing about Simple Mind's evolution is how they started to get more successful once they'd stopped impersonating Roxy Music only to hit pay dirt with a song which Bryan Ferry didn't have enough time to record, namely Keith Forsey's "Don't You Forget About Me". --Kevin Maidment

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This two-disc best-of collection is a good sample of Simple Minds. If your unfamiliar with them this would be the best place to start, but personally for me it suffers in that it contains too many edited versions of their songs. Sometimes it seems like record companies put these collections together and just try to cram as many songs as they can onto one disc, not caring about the structure of the original songs. I know these edited versions are the single mixes that were shortened for the music videos, but they aren't always the best version to include on CD release. Sometimes editing a song can be an improvement but after listening to these edited versions (12 in all) and then hearing the original album versions, I much prefer the original album versions. A couple of songs that suffer the most are "Glittering Prize", and "Love Song" (which is shortened by over a minute), the album version has more punch to it. After hearing these original album versions I did some checking on Amazon and found that another Simple Minds collection "Early Gold" offers quite a few of these same songs unedited plus a few not included on this best-of set, so I bought that one too. Most people probably don't care if a song is edited or not but I want the best possible version, which this collection doesn't offer. So minus one star for that.

Promised You a Miracle 3:59 (Edit) / 4:28 (Original)
Glittering Prize 4:00 (Edit) / 4:33 (Original)
Up On the Catwalk 4:07 (Edit) / 4:45 (Original)
Let It All Come Down 3:42 (Edit) / 4:56 (Original)
Love Song 3:54 (Edit) / 5:03 (Original)
Kick It In 4:24 (Edit) / 6:11 (Original)
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album captures the distinctively mellifluent, textured, Kraftwerk-inspired new wave sound that Simple Minds made their own in the 80s. "Glittering Prize", "Waterfront", "Promised You A Miracle", "All The Things She Said" (a damn site better than that awful TATU record of the same name), "Don't You Forget About Me", all those early classics are here.
If this record does have any shortcomings, it's that it features too much of the political dirge from the late 80s/early '90s era, when they briefly lost their way. The second disk, however, does feature "She's A River" and "Hypnotised" from their renaissance in 1995, when they dramatically returned to form.
Given that they released the dreadful covers album Neon Lights a couple of months prior to this compilation, it looked as though they'd finally gone to the point of no return, so the timing of the release of The Best Of Simple Minds could't have been better - reminding folks about what a great act they weree in their heyday.
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If you're like me you've owned "Glittering Price" (US version) and were deeply dissapointed. I know I was! (The song Glittering Price was not in the US version [DUH] and the imported version missed "Stand By Love" & "Up On The Catwalk" as well!). Well, as most everyone knows, all Glittering Price's songs are here in the "Best Of", plus others that kick rear end. Better yet they are all mostly full versions. I gave my Glittering Price CD away to a friend. Anyone who knows Simple Minds' previous work (prior to Glittering Prize) must have been upset about that compilation.
Well "Best Of"; now that's a REAL compilation!! The only flaw (big one) is leaving New Gold Dream 81 82 83 84 behind (not to worry get the NGD CD and you'll be even), but that always happens with "greatest hits" CDs. To make a full "Best Of" collection for Simple Minds I think they would have needed 4 CDs (impossible, I know) but this gives people a general idea of what he group is really made of. After buying this collection I was inspired to get 5 more Simple Minds CD, and now I can't wait to finish my collection (I only need about 2 or 3). Get this collection now, you wont be dissapointed!!
My faves: See The Lights, Glittering Prize, Life In A Day, Biko, Sanctify Yourself, Stand By Love, War Babies, Alive And Kicking, GhostDancing, Let There Be Love, I Travel, Belfast Child, Up On The Catwalk & Speed Your Love To Me.
I recommend the style of Simple Minds to anyone, its a unique group and nobody has been able to match their special style and uniqueness.
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By Focused Frenzy on June 4 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Simple Minds' impressive backcatalogue gets compiled in a nice way on this remastered 2CD set. CD 1 is the real gem here and the tracklisting is flawless (sure it would have been nice to have album tracks like "New Gold Dream" or "Book of Brilliant Things" included as well as the early singles "Premonition" and "Changeling", but let's face it, this is way more complete than Glittering Prize and you can't complain about everything).
CD 2 is compiled of weaker material in general, exception being the outstanding 1995 singles "She's a River" and "Hypnotized". Other than that it becomes very obvious that between 1979 and 1985 (CD 1) the Simple Minds were at the front of the pack, releasing some classic singles and albums that really mattered, while from 1989 on they tried to keep the momentum going in a changing musical climate with mixed results (CD 2)
Worth 5 stars for CD 1 alone. Pick this one up. Fairly priced too!
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