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Acoustic Simple Minds

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Album-Release:
2016

HRA-Release:
11.11.2016

Label: Universal Music / Motown

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Pop Rock

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  • 1The American04:30
  • 2Promised You A Miracle04:35
  • 3Glittering Prize04:07
  • 4See The Lights04:58
  • 5New Gold Dream04:58
  • 6Someone Somewhere In Summertime04:40
  • 7Waterfront05:16
  • 8Sanctify Yourself04:59
  • 9Chelsea Girl04:28
  • 10Alive And Kicking05:53
  • 11Don't You (Forget About Me)05:16
  • 12Long Black Train04:36
  • Total Runtime58:16

Info for Acoustic

Mit „Simple Minds Acoustic“ präsentiert die legendäre New-Wave-Combo 2016 eine Sammlung von akustischen Neuinterpretationen vieler ihrer größten Hits.

Die Idee zu diesem Projekt entstand während einer Radioshow, als die Band nach einem Akustikset durchweg positives Feedback erhielt. Nach weiteren Akustikperformances entschlossen sich Jim Kerr und Charlie Burchill schließlich dazu, ein reines Akustikalbum mit Simple-Minds-Songs aufzunehmen. Gemeinsam mit Bassist Ged Grimes, Backgroundsängerin Sarah Brown, Gitarrist Gordy Goudie und Perkussionist Cherisse Osei ging es in die Gorbals Studios in Glasgow, Schottland, wo die Band insgesamt zwölf Songs aufnahm.

Dazu gehören bekannte Songs wie „Someone Somewhere in Summertime“, „Alive And Kicking“ und „Don’t You (Forget About Me)“. Als erste Single veröffentlichten die Simple Minds bereits die akustische Version von „Promised You A Miracle“. Unterstützung erhalten sie im Song von keiner Geringeren als KT Tunstall, die ihren unverwechselbaren Gesang beisteuerte.

Die Single macht deutlich, dass trotz des Verzichts auf Synthesizer und Co. die Seele der Songs auf „Simple Minds Acoustic“ nicht verloren geht.

Mit ihrem ersten Akustikalbum „Simple Minds Acoustic“ ist es den New-Wave-Legenden 2016 gelungen, ihren Songs einen völlig neuen Klang zu verleihen. Die Seele der Songs blieb dabei trotzdem erhalten.

Recorded 2016 at Gorbals Studio, Glasgow, Scotland, UK




Simple Minds
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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