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October 5, 2016

Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) – Lp

by Record Facts

Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour.

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Artist:  Simple Minds
Title:  New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  204965

New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in September 1982 by record label Virgin, and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe.

This album harks the darker side of the band’s musicianship, and such material alludes to their forthcoming pop-stadium sound which hurled them into rock mainstream during the latter part of the ’80s. They were still honing their artistic rowdiness, and Kerr‘s pursuing vocals were still hiding. But Simple Minds‘ skill of tapping into internal emotion is profound on songs such as “Someone, Somewhere in Summertime” and the album’s title track. But the dance-oriented tracks like “Promised You a Miracle” and “Glittering Prize” are lushly layered in deep electronic beats — it was only a matter of time for Simple Minds to expound upon such musical creativity which made them a household favorite through the 1980s.

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

 

Side one
1.  Someone, Somewhere in Summertime  (4:36)
2.  Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel  (3:49)
3.  Promised You A Miracle  (4:28)
4.  Big Sleep  (5:00)
5.  Somebody Up There Likes You  (5:02)

Side two
1.  New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)  (5:39)
2.  Glittering Prize  (4:33)
3.  Hunter and the Hunted  (5:55)
4.  King Is White and in the Crowd  (7:00)

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