NUMBERS WEEK (MARCH 14-20, 2011)
Note: this release was originally purchased as a LP (gold vinyl with purple swirls!), later replaced by a CD.
Even though they wouldn't hit it big for a few more years, Simple Minds put out some of their best work in this 1982 release. This album was my first exposure to the band. Before they became an all-out pop/rock band, they were a moody British synth group, producing lush, layered songs and dance tracks (think of a more popish Roxy Music). This may border on blasphemy, but I think U2 totally ripped off this album when they recorded The Unforgettable Fire.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #69
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #86
Tracks: I was first grabbed my the album's single, Promised You A Miracle, but my favorite cut on the album quickly became the instrumental Someone Up There Likes You. I recently heard the fantastic title track used at the beginning of the horrible 2009 movie, The Informers. While the movie was bad, the opening montage and the use of New Gold Dream was perfect. Don't waste your time on the movie, but I'm sure you can find the opening credits on YouTube. Other good songs are Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel, Someone Somewhere In Summertime, and Hunter And The Hunted, which has an amazing solo from Herbie Hancock (how he got on this album is anyone's guess, but his work totally fits). I don't care much for Big Sleep or King Is White And In The Crowd.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I'm pretty sure I bought my LP copy at a Sound Warehouse record store in Austin during a trip there in March of 1983. My friends Jim and Scott went to see Simple Minds in concert in Houston around this time and brought me a concert shirt (sleeveless, of course). I wish I had kept that shirt. Not that it would still fit me, but just for sentimental reasons.