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.

Burning Shed: Simples Minds NEW GOLD DREAM Boxset

Arghh. . . my soul cries to me, “buy this!”  My favorite album by Simple Minds and an anthem and personal soundtrack for my own personal 1980s.

The following is taken straight from Burning Shed.

NGD boxset
One of the greatest albums ever made, finally getting the treatment it deserves.

A stunning 2016 deluxe box set edition of Simple Minds’ classic 1982 Art Pop opus.

Containing six discs, including an Abbey Road remaster of the original album, a swathe of remixes, 12″ versions, radio edits, and a disc of previously unreleased John Peel and Kid Jensen radio sessions, recorded in 1982.

The 5 CDs are complemented by a DVD, featuring the 2005 5.1 mix of the album by Charlie Burchill and Ronald Prent, as well as promo videos and, being made available commercially for the first time, Top Of The Pops performances of Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize.

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