Simple Minds

Themes, Vols. 1-5

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This cube-sized doorstop is a 25-disc box set, an elaborate and expanded reissue of expanded reissues. In 1990, Virgin released four Simple Minds Themes sets. Each Themes volume contained five CD singles -- reissues of the band's singles from 1979 through 1990, essentially, with occasional bonus content in the form of live material and just what every Simple Minds fanatic needs: album tracks. And now, these Themes, which were like box sets, have been boxed, with a fifth Themes box added to the mix that extends the set's scope through 1992. These five Themes are packaged in elaborate foldout digipacks; one could unfold all the foldouts and tile a decent-sized room. Beyond a few extended versions and remixes, and what amounts to a double live album, there's nothing here for anyone who owns the Simple Minds albums from Life in a Day through Real Life, unless he or she is overly fascinated with something so extravagant being placed into circulation in 2008.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:15
2 5:03
3 2:18

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:58
2 4:58
3 5:02

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:53
2
5:58
3 4:20

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
7:24
2
4:06
3 4:41

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:28
2 6:08
3 5:49

Track Listing - Disc 14

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:59
2 4:55
3 7:00
4 6:08

Track Listing - Disc 16

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:42
2 5:43
3
7:32

Track Listing - Disc 17

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:22
2 6:10
3 3:07

Track Listing - Disc 18

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:09
2
5:24
3 6:39
4 7:05

Track Listing - Disc 20

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 10:02
2 8:12
3 6:44

Track Listing - Disc 21

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
8:16
2
3:20
3
4:44
4 3:51

Track Listing - Disc 23

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:10
2
4:20
3
5:21

Track Listing - Disc 24

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:56
2
5:04
3 9:15
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