Simple Minds – Early Gold

Classics from pre-stadium bore period

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There are people who were so disappointed at the Minds’ descent into sub-U2 stadium rock that it has had a retrospective spoiling effect on even their best work. They’ve partly atoned for that period, however, and it’s easier now to appreciate again their greatest years, which saw them wriggle out of their punk chrysalis (“Chelsea Girl”), lay down solemn, Euro-funk tracks like “I Travel”, then come magnificently and aurically into their own with the likes of “Promised You A Miracle” from New Gold Dream, a teetering moment of pop promise they could never surpass.

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