SIMPLE MINDS celebrate 40 YEARS with a career spanning collection & 2020 UK TOUR

SIMPLE MINDS announce 3Arena, Dublin show as part of ‘40 Years Of Hits’ Tour

On 1st November, UMC will release 40: THE BEST OF – 1979-2019, a new compilation album that covers all 40 years of the legendary band Simple Minds recording career. It captures their early experimentation, cross over chart successes, right up to their new imperial phase represented by songs from 2015’s Big Music and last year’s Walk Between Worlds, which was their highest chart success in over 20 years, charting at number 4 in the UK.

Formed in the seventies, and named after a lyric – ‘so simple minded’ – from David Bowie’s seminal 1975 single The Jean Genie, Simple Minds have become one of the most successful bands ever to come from the UK, selling over 60 million records worldwide, having number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and number one albums the world over, including five UK number one albums: Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the concert recording, Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92.

Compiled in conjunction with the band, 40: THE BEST OF presents the very best of Simple Minds extensive catalogue. It is a comprehensive overview of 40 years of one of Britain’s most successful bands, taking in the innovative sheen of Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize, the anthemic sweep of Waterfront and Sanctify Yourself, the firebrand strand of Belfast Child and Mandela Day, the colossus that is Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of a new track: a cover of King Creosote’s 2014 Song, For One Night Only.

For One Night Only captures Simple Minds unique talent of taking an already fantastic song – as they did with their cover of The Call’s Let The Day Begin on 2015’s Big Music album – and injecting its sentiment with added urgency. The result is a clarion call to their fans the world over, which is sure to become a momentous live moment on their 2020 world tour.

The collection is a reminder of one of the most musically diverse and adventurous careers ever in British music, which saw Simple Minds record some of the most beguiling and inventive music of the post-punk period. On songs such as 1979’s Chelsea Girls (from the band’s debut album, Life In A Day), and I travel, Celebrate (1980’s Empires and Dance), Love SongThe American (Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call), Simple Minds set the standard for the British alternative scene.

From 1982 onwards the band produced some of their most inspiring and wide appealing work. Beginning with their 1982 classic album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), with several songs from the album included here, follow up album Sparkle In The Rain (Up On The Catwalk and Speed Your Love to Me), and culminating in two UK number one albums and a number one single: 1985’s Once Upon a Time (represented here by the aforementioned Don’t You Forget About Me, Alive and Kicking and Sanctify Yourself) and 1989’s Street Fighting Years, and the single Belfast Child.

Into the nineties, Simple Minds continued to release albums and create gems, many of which have grown in stature amongst fans and become staples of their live set. Included here from the period is Let There Be LoveSee The Lights, She’s a River and War Babies.

Over the past 10 years, Simple Minds has rekindled the magic that made them a vital artistic force in their early days, found themselves referenced by younger artists and playing to tens of thousands of people every year, all over the world. They have been the recipient of the Q Awards Lifetime Achievement and received universal critical acclaim for their recent albums. 2015’s Big Music was described by MOJO magazine as “their best album in 30 years”, and last year’s Walk Between Worlds was acclaimed across the board and became their most successful album in over two decades, culminating in their largest US tour to date. Two songs are included from each of those albums: Honest Town and Blindfolded (Big Music), and Sense of Discovery and Magic (Walk Between Worlds).

40: THE BEST OF will be available on a 3CD deluxe edition, single CD, 2LP coloured vinyl and a 40-track digital format. It was remastered at the world-famous Abbey Road studios and has spectacular new art designed by long-time collaborator Stuart Crouch, featuring iconic symbols by Malcolm Garrett which represent the 40 years.

3-CD DELUXE EDITION

DISC ONE                                                                                                           

Waterfront

Love Song

I Travel

Glittering Prize

Sense of Discovery

The American

Up on The Catwalk

She’s A River

Someone Somewhere in Summertime

See the Lights

Jeweller to the Stars

War Babies

Belfast Child

 

DISC TWO                                                                                                         

Home

Magic

Promised You A Miracle

This Is Your Land

Honest Town

Glittering Prize (Acoustic)

Waterfront (Acoustic)

See the Lights (Acoustic)

Let There Be Love

New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)

All the Things She Said

Once Upon A Time

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

 

DISC THREE                                                                                                      

Chelsea Girl

Cry

Hypnotised

Stars Will Lead the Way

For One Night Only – New Track

Theme for Great Cities

Life in A Day

Changeling

Celebrate

Blindfolded

Sanctify Yourself

Mandela Day

Speed Your Love to Me

Alive and Kicking

1-CD

Waterfront

Love Song

I Travel

Glittering Prize

Sense of Discovery

Someone Somewhere in Summertime

See the Lights

Belfast Child

Promised You A Miracle

Honest Town

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Chelsea Girl

Hypnotised

Stars Will Lead the Way

For One Night Only – New Track

Sanctify Yourself

Mandela Day

Alive and Kicking

2-LP / 2-LP COLOURED D2C VINYL EDITION

SIDE ONE                                                                                                           

Chelsea Girl

I Travel

Love Song

Promised You A Miracle

Glittering Prize

 

SIDE TWO                                                                                                         

Someone Somewhere in Summertime

Waterfront

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Alive and Kicking

Sanctify Yourself

 

SIDE THREE                                                                                                      

Belfast Child

Mandela Day

See the Lights

Hypnotised

 

SIDE FOUR                                                                                                       

Stars Will Lead the Way

Honest Town

Sense of Discovery

For One Night Only – New track

 

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Simple Minds embark on an 11-month world tour in early 2020. Beginning in Europe in February, they tour the UK in April:

14th    Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

15th    Bournemouth International Centre

17th    London The SSE Arena Wembley

18th    Leeds First Direct Arena

20th    Brighton Centre

22nd   Dublin 3 Arena

24th    Birmingham Resorts World Arena

25th    Glasgow The SSE Hydro Arena

As they turn 40, Simple Minds legacy is something to be proud of as their story continues to evolve.

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