Monday, March 25, 2013

Simple Minds career set due

I've always been a huge fan and once interviewed Kerr (for Good News). Can't wait to hear the new material and hoping for a tour. Read on for CD details...

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about? The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds is an amazing thing.” 

- Jim Kerr

Following last year’s X5 box set and the “5 X 5 Tour,” Virgin/UMe will release the Celebrate collection, a comprehensive overview of 35 years of one of Britain's most successful bands, including two new tracks: “Broken Glass Park” and “Blood Diamonds.”

Celebrate will be released April 16 in two configurations: a 2CD version which features 36 songs, spanning 12 albums over 34 years, and a 3CD which features 50 songs, spanning 13 albums over 36 years, including their interpretation of Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot” from their 2001 covers album, Neon Lights.

Simple Minds have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors. They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and John Hughes (The Breakfast Club).

They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

It is an active year ahead, sharing this March 21 message on the band’s Facebook page: “Tour starting now… Recording in summer… Hopefully US/Canada to follow… Arena tour to finish the year… New album next spring…”

Simple Minds are core members Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, plus Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

2CD version, digital:


1. Life In A Day
2. Chelsea Girl
3. Changeling
4. I Travel
5. Celebrate
6. The American
7. Love Song
8. Promised You A Miracle
9. Glittering Prize
10. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
11. Waterfront
12. Speed Your Love To Me
13. Up On The Catwalk
14. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
15. Alive And Kicking
16. Sanctify Yourself
17. All The Things She Said
18. Ghost Dancing


1. Belfast Child
2. This Is Your Land
3. Kick It In
4. Let There Be Love
5. See The Lights
6. Stand By Love
7. She’s A River
8. Hypnotised
9. Glitterball
10. War Babies
11. Space
12. Cry
13. Spaceface
14. Home
15. Rockets
16. Stars Will Lead The Way
17. Blood Diamonds *
18. Broken Glass Park *

*New 2013 track

3CD version, digital:


1. Life In A Day
2. Chelsea Girl
3. Changeling
4. I Travel
5. Celebrate
6. The American
7. Love Song
8. Sweat In Bullet
9. Theme From Great Cities
10. Promised You A Miracle
11. Glittering Prize
12. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
13. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
14. Waterfront
15. Speed Your Love To Me
16. Up On The Catwalk


1. Don’t You Forget About Me
2. Alive And Kicking
3. Sanctify Yourself
4. All The Things She Said
5. Ghost Dancing
6. Promised You A Miracle (Live)
7. Belfast Child
8. Mandela Day
9. Biko
10. This Is Your Land
11. Kick It In
12. Let It All Come Down
13. Let There Be Love
14. See The Lights
15. Stand By Love
16. Real Life


1. She’s A River
2. Hypnotised
3. Glitterball
4. War Babies
5. Space
6. Jeweller To The Stars
7. Dancing Barefoot
8. Cry
9. Spaceface
10. One Step Closer
11. Home
12. Stranger
13. Stay Visible
14. Rockets
15. Stars Will Lead The Way
16. Stagefright
17. Blood Diamonds *
18. Broken Glass Park *

*New 2013 track

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