It took SIMPLE MINDS, one of the best bands born in Scotland, five years to become a household name and make the faces of singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill rather recognizable, and it wasn’t until their fifth album, “New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)” from 1982, that the ensemble’s popularity spread around the world and influenced their peers U2 who, in awe of the Glaswegians’ sound, created “The Unforgettable Fire” in this platter’s mold. Over the years, they played quite a few pieces off it on stage, but the thought of performing the entire record in concert didn’t cross the veterans’ minds – and then it did, on their 2008 tour.
Now, the idea came from Sky Arts who wanted the group to take part in the channel’s “Classic Albums Live” series, and the musicians decided to deliver a homecoming set from the 860-year-old Paisley Abbey, and the collective obliged, restoring old numbers to all their glory and aligning them in the original running order on October 6th, 2022. Broadcast in July, the recording of that show will also see the release, on October 27th, on CD and vinyl – under the title of “New Gold Dream – Live From Paisley Abbey” – as a souvenir of the album’s 40th anniversary. Looks interesting: watch the video above for a taste of it.
1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
3. Promised You A Miracle
4. Big Sleep
5. Somebody Up There Likes You
6. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
7. Glittering Prize
8. Hunter And The Hunted
9. King Is White And In The Crowd