simple-minds-acousticFor a time, Simple Minds had our attention while they created some of Rock’s more resilient classics. Unfortunately, their decline began as soon as the diamond sheen on their Once Upon A Time album ceased to be of interest to the MTV crowd. Which is sad because almost every album afterwards were pure excellence. It’s those that I return to more often than even their early gems like Sparkle In the Rain. But that’s a personal preference. Their last album was the well received Big Music, issued in 2014.

For the solid and nostalgic Simple Minds fans, they have just announced an unplugged collection of their biggest tracks. The new album collection is called Acoustic and will supply acoustic versions of twelve gems (see list below). Acoustic will be released on CD, DD, and a 180g-weight vinyl edition with three extra tracks that will not be on the CD (don’t ask. I don’t know why). As for the CD, there are signed copies by Charlie (Burchill), and Jim (Kerr), limited to the first 1000 pre-orders.

Acoustic is being released on November 11 on CD and DD. The vinyl 2LP is expected on November 25, and will add in a download card for all 15 tracks found on the LPs. The new album is being preceded by a released track from the album of “Promised You A Miracle” with KT Tunstall. If you were to ask me, it’s a great recording of the song. As that, it gives me a great feeling that the album will be quite special. I’m anxious to hear the whole set.

Acoustic – Simple Minds – CD/DD

01 The American
02 Promised You A Miracle
03 Glittering Prize
04 See The Lights
05 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
06 Someone Somewhere In Summertime
07 Waterfront
08 Sanctify Yourself
09 Chelsea Girl
10 Alive And Kicking
11 Don’t You (Forget About Me)
12 Long Black Train

Acoustic – Simple Minds – 180g Vinyl LP

01 The American
02 Promised You A Miracle
03 Glittering Prize
04 See The Lights
05 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
06 Someone Somewhere In Summertime
07 Waterfront
08 Sanctify Yourself
09 Chelsea Girl
10 Alive And Kicking
11 Don’t You (Forget About Me)
12 Long Black Train
13 Stand By Love
14 Speed Your Love To Me
15 Light Travels

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