Live in the City of Angels (Deluxe) Simple Minds
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- 1The Signal and the Noise (Live in the City of Angels)05:44
- 2Waterfront (Live in the City of Angels)05:22
- 3Love Song (Live in the City of Angels)04:57
- 4Let There Be Love (Live in the City of Angels)04:33
- 5Up on the Catwalk (Live in the City of Angels)04:48
- 6Sense of Discovery (Live in the City of Angels)05:50
- 7Glittering Prize (Live in the City of Angels)04:14
- 8Promised You a Miracle (Live in the City of Angels)04:30
- 9The American (Live in the City of Angel)04:40
- 10Hunter and the Hunted (Live in the City of Angels)05:37
- 11Stand by Love (Live in the City of Angels)04:48
- 12Dirty Old Town (Live in the City of Angels)04:50
- 13Theme for Great Cities (Live in the City of Angels)05:05
- 14She's a River (Live in the City of Angels)03:34
- 15Walk Between Worlds (Live in the City of Angels)05:50
- 16Hypnotised (Live in the City of Angels)05:35
- 17Someone Somewhere in Summertime (Live in the City of Angels)05:32
- 18See the Lights (Live in the City of Angels)05:52
- 19All the Things She Said (Live in the City of Angels)04:20
- 20Dolphins (Live in the City of Angels)06:30
- 21Don't You (Forget About Me) (Live in the City of Angels)06:11
- 22New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (Live in the City of Angels)05:54
- 23Once Upon a Time (Live in the City of Angels)04:42
- 24Alive and Kicking (Live in the City of Angels)06:12
- 25Sanctify Yourself (Live in the City of Angels)05:16
- 26Book of Brilliant Things (Live in the City of Angels)07:14
- 27I Travel (Live in the City of Angels)04:59
- 28Blindfolded (Live in the City of Angels)05:11
- 29Honest Town (Live in the City of Angels)04:47
- 30In Dreams (Live in the City of Angels)04:39
- 31Stars Will Lead the Way (Live in the City of Angels)04:30
- 32Big Sleep (Live in the City of Angels)05:15
- 33Let the Day Begin (Live in the City of Angels)04:47
- 34Barrowland Star (Live in the City of Angels)06:24
- 35Midnight Walking (Live in the City of Angels)05:09
- 36Summer (Live in the City of Angels)05:00
- 37Big Music (Live in the City of Angels)03:09
- 38Celebrate (Live in the City of Angels)05:41
- 39The Cross (Live in the City of Angels)05:11
- 40Speed Your Love to Me (Live in the City of Angels)03:55
Info for Live in the City of Angels (Deluxe)
"Live in the City of Angels" is an album that captures Simple Minds live on their North American autumn 2018 tour.
The resulting album, "Live in the City of Angels", is a 40-song collection, spanning one of the most diverse catalogues of, to date, a 40 year career. Simple Minds live prowess, incredible musicianship, led by the bands exceptional and iconic guitarist Charlie Burchill, and the soulfulness of frontman Jim Kerrs voice - which has matured into a powerful instrument in its own right - delivers a set that proves why Simple Minds are still a vital and relevant band.
"The title itself is a riff or play on our very first live album, which came out in 1987, and which was called Live In The City Of Light, because it was recorded in Paris. I remember that night and we felt there was magic in the air, it was a particular tour and we wanted to get it down. Through the years and at different times as the band has evolved through different line-ups, different arrangements, we try and take a souvenir of where we are at that moment of time as a live band. And there was magic in the air last year because the tour that the album came from was our first coast-to-coast American tour for decades. So we were excited about that. There was a bit of trepidation prior because we thought "Does anyone remember us?" It had been a long, long time. We were glad to see tickets sold out well in advance, and we had to go out and prove ourselves. First of all, they were welcoming us like heroes, or long lost friends rather. And that makes you really want to deliver. And as the tour went on, we thought "We should really try to capture this. We really should." (Jim, Interview with Matt Everitt, BBC Radio Six, 20th August 2019)
Best known in the U.S. for their 1985 number one hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the film The Breakfast Club, Scotland's Simple Minds evolved from a post-punk art rock band influenced by Roxy Music into a grand, epic-sounding pop band along the lines of U2. The band grew out of a Glasgow punk group called Johnny and the Self-Abusers, which featured guitarist Charlie Burchill and lead singer Jim Kerr. The inaugural 1978 lineup of Simple Minds featured a rhythm section of Tony Donald on bass and Brian McGee on drums, plus keyboardist Mick McNeil; Donald was soon replaced by Derek Forbes. Their early albums leaped from one style to another, with Life in a Day consisting mostly of dense, arty pop songs; critical acclaim followed the darker, more experimental art rock of Reel to Real Cacophony and the Euro-disco of Empires and Dance. The group began a transition to a more accessible pop style with the albums Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call, originally issued together and subsequently split up. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) became their first chart album in the U.S., and the tour-shy McGee quit owing to burgeoning popularity, eventually being replaced by Mel Gaynor. Following the Steve Lillywhite-produced Sparkle in the Rain, Jim Kerr married Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde (the two groups had toured together).
After Bryan Ferry rejected the opportunity to sing "Don't You (Forget About Me)," Simple Minds almost did so as well; Kerr was dissatisfied with the song's lyrics, which he regarded as formulaic. His change of heart gave Simple Minds their only American chart-topper, and the song later became an international hit as well; however, Kerr's feelings about the song remained ambivalent, and it did not appear on the follow-up album, Once Upon a Time. This album went gold and reached the U.S. Top Ten, in spite of criticism for its bombastic, over-the-top approach. A live album and the uncompromisingly political Street Fighting Years squandered Simple Minds' commercial momentum, however. By the time the group returned to more personal themes and its straightforward, anthemic rock on 1991's Real Life, personnel changes and audience loss left the group's future viability in doubt. But they weren't totally deterred, however. Kerr and Burchill trudged on, releasing Good News From the Next World in 1995 while the single "She's a River" received moderate airplay. A short tour of North America soon followed, but Simple Minds' direction also quickly faded. They needed a break to clarify their own personal stance in music. Derek Forbes returned for 1998's Néapolis, but that, too, wasn't strong enough to sustain Simple Minds' newfound creativity. Their famed pop songs had diluted a bit; however, the new millennium proved poignant. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill signed to Eagle Records in early 2001 and constructed their first covers album, Neon Lights, later that fall, paying tribute to Patti Smith, Neil Young, David Bowie, and others. In summer 2002, Kerr and Burchill issued Cry, Simple Minds' first batch of new material since 1995's Good News From the Next World. Our Secrets Are the Same, an album that was intended for release in 2000, saw official release in 2003. An extensive reissue program and live recordings followed. Black and White, a new studio album, appeared in 2005, and the charting Grafitti Soul in 2009 (which saw the return of original drummer Mel Gaynor to the fold). Simple Minds accepted a spot at London's iTunes Festival that year and issued a digital EP of their performance. After a global tour, Simple Minds returned with Big Music in 2014, an album that included two songs co-written with Chvrches' Ian Cook.
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