tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

11/12/2016 : SIMPLE MINDS - New Gold Dream '81 '82 '83 '84

SIMPLE MINDS

New Gold Dream '81 '82 '83 '84

MusicCD
New waveSynth Pop / Electro Pop

[90/100]   

Universal Music Belgium
11/12/2016, Paul PLEDGER

Following on from the multi-disc re-releases of Sparkle in the Rain and Once Upon a Time comes a box set of Simple Minds' first true crossover album. Originally issued in 1982, this resplendent collection pulls in just about every version of every hit single recorded at the time - Promised You a Miracle, Glittering Prize and Someone, Somewhere in Summertime - numerous takes on other album tracks, a few rare b-sides and oodles of session tracks.

Primarily aimed at diehards, the 2016 remasters also get bolstered by a 5.1 surround upgrade and a handful of promo videos. So what's missing? A disc of live recordings might have been pertinent, especially as a decent mini-sized reprint of this album's tour programme is included along with some extensive sleeve-notes from Billy Sloan and rare unseen photos from the era. We live in hope for a full 6CD set of live recordings from the band's entire career (not just Live in the City of Light).

Aside from all of those fine strident singles dressed in Malcolm Garrett iconography, New Gold Dream holds many treasures, not least the shimmering motorik title-track which expands on previous Minds' epics such as In Trance as Mission and This Fear of Gods and the understated Hunter and the Hunted which, when played live, preempted the vast sound of the follow-up album Sparkle in the Rain. On New Gold Dream however, save for the inspired inclusion of jazz great Herbie Hancock's keyboard skullduggery, Hunter gets swamped in the mix. Better is the David Jensen session version. Even better still is the superb live mix on the flip of the Waterfront 12". Peter Walsh's production works well on the rest of NGD, save for the closing two songs where the spirited live 'feel' is lost in a haze of overly glossy exuberance.

Session tracks also include alternate readings of Sons and Fascination, In Trance as Mission and Love Song plus the ultimate mix of King is White and in the Crowd from the 1982 David Jensen show. How the band even came to the conclusion that re-recording this belter was a good idea still baffles me - this is a Minds standard and no mistake.

New Gold Dream the box-set makes so much more sense than the previous two compendiums - it looks like something the Incas might have created and sounds as glorious as ever - and should only inspire Universal to charge their glasses with a proper box set for Sons and Fascination and Empires and Dance, the two best ever Simple Minds albums. Brilliant days though. And the beat goes crashing.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
11/12/2016


 

Next reviews
STELLAR TEMPLE • Domestic Monster
O VEUX • O Veux
DINOSAUR JR • Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
DEF NEON • Def Neon
EGRETS ON EGROT • Serve Us Tender
ORGANIC • Ten Albums That Changed Our Lives
FAUNA TWIN • The Hydra EP
NEW MODEL ARMY • Winter
KARIES • Es Geht Sich Aus
CATHUBODUA • Opus I: Dawn

 

Other reviews from SIMPLE MINDS
SIMPLE MINDS • Walk Between Worlds
SIMPLE MINDS • Brussels, Vorst Nationaal (14/11/2015)
SIMPLE MINDS • Antwerp, Lotto Arena (15/11/2015)
SIMPLE MINDS • New Gold Dream
SIMPLE MINDS • Sparkle In The Rain
SIMPLE MINDS • Big Music
SIMPLE MINDS • Honest Town
SIMPLE MINDS • Big Music

 

Same combination of genres: NEW WAVE + SYNTH POP / ELECTRO POP
SHE HATES EMOTIONS • See The Light (Single)
SIMI NAH • La Terre est Noire
JOHN FOXX • Burning Car
ULTRAVOX • Vienna
KISSING THE PINK • Naked
VARIOUS ARTISTS • The Underground Wave 7”s
BILL AND MURRAY • A New Kind Of High
SCARLET SOHO • In Cold Blood
HUMAN LEAGUE • Classics: Dare
VARIOUS ARTISTS • CAGE 21

 

Same genre: NEW WAVE
DIRK DA DAVO • King Of Fools
DE DELVERS • Hart in neonlicht
CAWATANA • In The Silver Light (7')
HYSTÉRIE • Deuil
DAGEIST • Sexy
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here
A CERTAIN RATIO • ACR-Box
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
DER KLINKE • Decade
JAPAN • Cries And Whispers (1983-1991)

 

Same genre: SYNTH POP / ELECTRO POP
ARMAGEDDON DILDOS • Desctruction
SJOBLOM • Tape
NUOVO TESTAMENTO • New Earth
STURM CAFE • Fernes Land
DD SANCHEZ • StRaNgE
ERASURE • THE NEON
HER OWN WORLD • A Different Kind Of Reality
AUGER • Insurgence
UNITCODE:MACHINE • Paper empires
COLD IN MAY • Koma:Redux

Music reviews

18
01
ANALFABETISM
Rotvälta
17
01
ARMAGEDDON DILDOS
Desctruction
23
12
SYGO CRIES
Talking about walls
22
12
DIRK DA DAVO
King Of Fools
21
12
RHYS FULBER
Brutal Nature
19
12
ORANGE SECTOR
Alles wird Gold

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

18
01
Horror Punk Band CUT LIKE THIS Personifies Insomnia With Latest Single, 'The Boogeyman' Featuring ANGELSPIT
18
01
On this day, 42 ago, John Foxx released his first solo project album Metamatic!
17
01
FREDRIK CROONA Condemns The Vain With New Project & Debut Single, 'Scum'
17
01
Today, 37 years ago, Alien Sex Fiend recorded Liquid Head in Tokyo!
16
01
27 years Divine Rapture | Celebrating The Siouxsie and the Banshees 1995 and final album!
15
01
The Dreams Will Always Linger | Remembering Dolores O’Riordan - 4 Year Anniversary

Concert reviews

21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

09
01
25 YEARS OF AHRAYEPH
Everything I do, right or wrong, is being determined by my autism
17
12
SOPHIA LUCIA
Blurring Boundaries
11
12
JAH WOBBLE
'Bass was considered being among dying instruments for years. Dub pushed it to the front...'
05
12
MOVMENT
Finding Truth Through Dakness
26
11
WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW
I’m not a conservative songwriter and I’m not interested in the status quo; I’m interested in progress.

PHOTOS

07
11
GARY NUMAN
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
COVENANT
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
AND ALSO THE TREES
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
A SPLIT - SECOND
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
YOUR LIFE ON HOLD
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
LEAETHER STRIP
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder
07
11
KORINTHIANS
Sinner's Day Heusden Zolder

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

18
01
WULFBAND
Gewalt!
17
01
MATT HART
Decimate
16
01
THE YOUNG GODS
Figure sans nom
15
01
FATAL CASUALTIES
No Heaven
14
01
DI*OVE
Please Stop!
13
01
ELVYA DULCIMER
Socopelli
12
01
AEX
Selected Memories