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Simple Minds Audio CD
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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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SIMPLE MINDS The Best Of (2001 UK digitally remastered 32-track 2-CD set featuring all the classic hits plus The Real Life by Raven Maize)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true desert island fav! July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Where do you start with these guys? My first Simple Minds album was New Gold Dream which is another must have.I picked this CD up trying to fill the gaps and really liked it. They have so many different sounds and styles and they are all here (except for New Gold Dream. Their is a different version of Promised You a Miracle which is great with a little more bounce. Just about any person who grew up in the 80's would like this CD as their is something for everyone here. There newer material on disc two was somewhat more mellow but works great at dinner or on a roadtrip. I have a ton of respect for these guys as their songs shaped my childhood and made me feel good. 5 star all the way!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a chronology May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
"best of simple minds" is an effective double cd collection that covers all of band's most important tracks up to around year 1999. i enjoyed it and it made me get their other albums. i think it is a perfect album for someone who knows only few simple minds songs and wants to know their music better.
from the cold new wave sound up to warm and emotional pop-rock Simple Minds remained a fresh band that has their own recognizable sound. of course they had some weaker spots ("biko" sounds much better in Peter Gabriel's version,and what the heck is the last track?) but who is perfect? even the lack of presence of some tracks doesn't change the fact that it is the best and most ineresting Simple Minds collection avaible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but where is "New Gold Dream?" May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
I agree with all of the other reviewers that this is a great compilation of one of my all-time favorite 80s bands, but where is "New Gold Dream?" If it's a greatests collection, this band's greatest tune is missing. Listen to Flashbackalternatives.com for more great Simple Minds tunes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is Dr. Phil Nov. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
i bought this cd thinking it was songs about dr. phil mcgraw. these guys may me want to dance like belinda carlisle. it is happy new wave music. leg warmers and big hair.
chest hair and sharls.
jack e. jett
the jack e. jett show
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is often the best way... Nov. 15 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric synth-driven music May 14 2003
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Disc One of this retrospective is more interesting than the second disc which draws on the period from the late 1980s onwards when Simple Minds were losing their edge. My favourites remain the atmospheric eurosynth number I Travel, another early one Life In A Day, the hypnotic Love Song plus the megahits Don't You Forget About Me, Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize. Their distinctive sound merged atmospheric synths with a kraftwerk-like beat and were very cinematic and evocative. Unfortunately the decline is all too apparent on the second disc where the synths meander aimlessly amongst the political sloganeering. So if you're a fan, get this for Disc One to have all their greatest hits together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for more Jan. 22 2003
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This is indeed the best compilation of my all time favorite band Simple Minds. This is a double CD packed with all their hits that you are familiar with in the 80s and 90s.
You could not ask for more! From "Don't you forget about me" to "Mandela Day" each song is a piece of art.
Simple Minds rule!
A Must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album rocks !
This collection has some of the best slow rock numbers ever.
Don't You (Forget About Me), Waterfront, Alive and Kicking, All the Things She Said, Kick It In, See the Lights &... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Madhu Kadaba
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 stars would be more like it!
If you're like me you've owned "Glittering Price" (US version) and were deeply dissapointed. I know I was! Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2002 by Molokaicreeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally !
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... Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by Focused Frenzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing tracks, as usual, but an impressive collection
'Best-of' compilations are usually a hit-and-miss affair. There's always going to be the one or two songs that should've been included, and the one or two songs that really... Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by tenohtwo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'Best Of' except for...
This is a great compilation of hits/songs from this Scot 80s group.My one nitpick is the exclusion of "Book Of Brilliant Things" from 'Sparkle in the Rain'(one of the... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by Jorge B. Diaz
2.0 out of 5 stars As Always, the Crucial, Defininitive Cut Isn't Here
Why, why, why is there always the one, definitive cut left off of the "Best of" disc? Beats me, but there were a few songs besides "London Calling" and... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by John D. Pride
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