Simple Minds


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In 2003, Virgin reissued the Simple Minds catalog from Life in a Day (1979) through Good News from the Next World (1995). Less than a decade later, the label and the band put together this compact and inexpensive box set, which includes the first five Simple Minds albums, 1979-1982, in individual sleeves that reproduce the original album art. The 2003 versions were issued in jewel cases with no bonus tracks. The versions here add newly remastered bonus tracks -- an incomplete assortment of B-sides, live versions, and extended mixes -- that amount to over 90 minutes of extra material, some of which were re-circulated in 2008 through the massive Themes box/doorstop. Prior to their cross into the mainstream, Simple Minds were one of the most vital and creative acts of the post-punk era. Even if you're well aware of that fact, it's astonishing to consider that these five albums, all radically different from one another, were released within a span of three-and-a-half years.

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