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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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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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on July 9 2004 by P. C Zeller
"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 morePublished on May 24 2004 by Mike Chadwick
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 morePublished on May 14 2004 by Scoutdog
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
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
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 morePublished on May 14 2003 by Peter Uys