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  •  I'm a huge Simple Minds fan, but most of all the (0+ / 0-)

    years 1980-82: Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call, and their pinnacle, New Gold Dream, where they balanced their earlier aggressive creative edge with their later perfectly layered studio polish.

    Sparkle in the Rain has a marvelous explosive energy to it (Up on the Catwalk, Waterfront), and Once Upon a Time almost maintains that high standard. I saw them on that tour, in Boston, with Shriekback supporting.

    I might well enjoy Live in the City of Light, which came out of that same tour. But it's a shame, to my taste, that that double LP only includes one song from before New Gold Dream, and that one truncated in a medley. I think once "Don't You Forget About Me" and Breakfast Club made them stars in the U.S., they decided to become the next U2 and started developing a more formulaic stadium sound.

    Do you have a recent Simple Minds album which you rank among their best work?

    I might well enjoy the Gabriel you mention too, though he also was more impressive to me in his early solo years than now. At least, I'd rate Gabriel's 1st and 3rd and So his best albums, both for originality and quality of songwriting. I also have Gabriel's double Plays Live, and love it.

    "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

    by Brecht on Sat Sep 04, 2010 at 08:20:53 PM PDT

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    •  The last two SM albums are very good (1+ / 0-)
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      both "Black & White 050505" and "Graffiti Soul" are are a big improvement over their previous couple of studio releases. "Graffiti Soul" can be purchased in a deluxe set with another CD of cover versions, "In Search of the Lost Boys," which is mixed but has the best version ever of "Sloop John B" IMO.

      BTW, my all-time favorite SM album is "Street Fighting Years" which probably is what ruined their career in the USA. An album full of highly political polemics following a series of pop rock love ballad hits ("Sanctify Yourself" a slight exception) just didn't play well in this country. Now they don't even release their new CDs in the USA and I don't even know if they do it in Canada.

      •  I will definitely pick up Graffiti Soul when (0+ / 0-)

        I find it with the covers CD.

        What impeccable taste Jim Kerr has - each song they pick to cover is one of the best songs that band ever wrote. When I saw them live they did 3 great covers - I only remember that one was a Sly & the Family Stone song.

        "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

        by Brecht on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 10:05:02 AM PDT

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        •  Dance to the Music (0+ / 0-)

          They mix that with Love Song and Sun City in the live medley that you previously referred to. They may have done another cover of Sly Stone but I don't know of it.

          I don't know where you live but if you can just pick up that version of the CD somewhere you are much luckier than I am. I would probably have to venture to NYC or Boston to have any chance of doing that at a retail outlet. Of course I can order music online like everyone else but I enjoy the music shopping experience, and it seems to have become something limited to the major cities, at least in the USA.

          •  I bought a whole lot of records in Boston, second (0+ / 0-)

            -hand from loads of neighborhood record stores, back in the late '80s. I visit my big brother there every Xmas, and the best store I can find now is Newbury Comix.

            I don't know any big stores in NYC except the now defunct Virgin Megastore in Times Square. I like the village for poky hole-in-the-wall CD stores where you can get bootlegs you never dreamed of.

            But I live in L.A. now, and our Amoeba is the best music store I've seen in thirty years of shopping around the U.S. and Europe. So it won't hurt to look for the 2CD Graffiti Soul.

            "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

            by Brecht on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 09:46:58 PM PDT

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            •  Nuggets in Kenmore Square in Boston (1+ / 0-)
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              is a fantastic store. I like Newbury Comix too, but Nuggets is more eclectic, or it was, I don't know if it is still in business.

              Sorry to hear the Virgin Megastore closed, but there is another NYC chain called disc-o-rama or something similar that was good. Again, I don't know if they are still around either.

              Referring back to Peter Gabriel's double live albums: I would rank Secret World Live the better, but I am a big fan of the "Us" CD ("Come Talk to Me" is his best song IMO)and the presence of Youssou Ndour and other additional personal help make that album deeper and richer.

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