King Is White and In the Crowd (BBC)–Simple Minds

NGD boxset
The superduper deluxe outrageously long and gorgeous NEW GOLD DREAM.

Very recently, I had the privilege of reviewing the deluxe, super-box set of Simple Minds, NEW GOLD DREAM.  I’ve loved this album for over thirty years, but this box set (which came out July 29th of this year) has really re-opened quite a bit for me.  It’s opened much in terms of nostalgia, of course, as those days were rather innocent, but it also has served as a reminder of exactly how artful this band once was.  That moment may have been brief, but it was immensely powerful.

Though everything in the new boxset is excellent, this is the song (this specific version) that really sticks out as a mark of genius.  There’s quite a bit of SONS AND FASCINATION/SISTER FEELINGS CALL in this version.  No bombast yet.  No arena rock.  No posturing.

Just art.

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