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

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is often the best way... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 100 stars would be more like it! Sept. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ! 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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'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 shouldn't be there. Such is the case with Best Of Simple Minds. It's an impressive collection, to be sure. SM does need 2 CDs to cover their shining moments. When Glittering Prize was released, I knew that a lot of great songs would be missing, mainly because it was a 1-CD affair. To my surprise, Street Fighting Years was heavily represented on disc 2. Not a bad album, mind you, but where is "Take A Step Back", perhaps the most memorable and single-like track on the album? Their cover of "Biko" is excellent, but don't add cover songs to a best-of..it's a contradiction in terms. I mean, I like their rendition of "Street Hassle", but it's not a Simple Minds song, so don't add Biko to a "Best Of Simple Minds" compilation. Also, adding Raven Maize's "The Real Life" seems out-of-place. Another great SM song could've been added in place of someone else's cover song. This 2-CD set would almost be the perfect introduction to Simple Minds, if it weren't for these unfortunate inclusions. Where's "My Life" from Good News, and certainly a third track from Neapolis could've been added, to balance out disc 2 better. All complaints aside, this is the most thorough SM compilation out there, hence it's probably the best introduction for new fans. I give this collection 4 stars for the overall quality of music on these 2 CDs. Hey, they included Speed Your Love To Me, and that's enough to win this SM fan over! Recommended, but bring that import price down..sheesh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars love it
great cd
Published 1 month ago by Frank Slon
5.0 out of 5 stars A true desert island fav!
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. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by P. C Zeller
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a chronology
"best of simple minds" is an effective double cd collection that covers all of band's most important tracks up to around year 1999. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Mike Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but where is "New Gold Dream?"
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? Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Scoutdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is Dr. Phil
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by John Gennusa
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric synth-driven music
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. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for more
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by Ziad R. Hakim
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
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