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New Gold Dream (1982)

Simple Minds
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Simple Minds' fifth studio album, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), released in 1982, was a significant turning point for the band, when critical and popular success in the UK and Europe finally intersected. With a slick, sophisticated sound thanks to producer Peter Walsh, Simple Minds was soon categorized as part of the "New Romantic" outgrowth of New Wave (along with Duran Duran and others), and the record generated a handful of charting singles including "Promised You a Miracle" and "Glittering Prize", both of which became concert favorites over the years. In addition, the jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock performed a synth solo on the track "Hunter and the Hunted." Despite the success of the album, these commercial moves were loudly criticized by fans of Simple Minds' early work, so the next record,Sparkle in the Rain, gave them even more to complain about.

Virgin reissued the album on a remastered CD in 2002 (cardboard vinyl replica edition) and early 2003 (jewel-case). On the 2002/2003 edition, the gaps between the tracks on the album are slightly shorter.The remastered edition is noticeably louder and has the low-end and the high-end more prominent.

Virgin reissued the album

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Tracks

3:49 Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
4:26 Promised You a Miracle
5:00 Big Sleep
5:00 Somebody Up There Likes You
4:48 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
4:33 Glittering Prize
5:55 Hunter and the Hunted
6:58 King Is White and in the Crowd
4:38 Someone Somewhere (in Summertime)
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