Simple Minds: Celebrate - The Greatest Hits+

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Prize: One winner will receive Simple Minds just released a pair of CD sets
Number of winners allowed: 1
Ends: Thursday May 2nd 2013

Massively iconic Scottish rock band Simple Minds just released a pair of CD sets of their greatest hits, named Celebrate - The Greatest Hits+. In addition to their numerous hits over the course of 36 years, the new album also includes two never before released songs, the first of which is "Broken Glass Park."

Following the success and acclaim of last year's X5 box set and the "5 X 5 Tour," Virgin/UMe will release Celebrate - The Greatest Hits + collection, a comprehensive overview of 35 years of one of Britain's most successful bands, taking in the innovative sheen of "Promised You A Miracle"and "Glittering Prize," the anthemicsweep of"Waterfront"and"Sanctify Yourself," the firebrand strand of "Belfast Child"and "Mandela Day"and the singalong wonder of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and "Alive & Kicking," and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of two new tracks: "Broken Glass Park"and "Blood Diamonds."

Celebrate - The Greatest Hits +will be released April 16 in two configurations: a 2CD version which features 36 songs, spanning 12 albums over 34 years, and a 3CD version which features 50 songs, spanning 13 albums over 36 years, including their interpretation of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" from their 2001 covers album, Neon Lights.

Simple Minds have been many things to many people: soundscapers, sound-shapers, soundtrack makers, serial chart-toppers. They have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors. They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Christian Carion (L'Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club). They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

Named after a lyric - 'So simple minded' to be exact - from David Bowie's seminal 1972 single "The Jean Genie," Simple Minds evolved out of Johnny & the Self Abusers, the 'rank and file' punk group Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill had formed in April 1977. By the time the sole Abusers single was issued on Chiswick six months later, Simple Minds, featuring bassist Derek Forbes, drummer Brian McGee and keyboard-player Mick MacNeil, were already moving toward a darker, broodier sound that owed a debt to the Velvet Underground but also the Krautrock of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!

Following their chart debut with the Life In A Day album in April 1979, Simple Minds recorded some of the most beguiling, inventive, adventurous music of the post-punk period and set the standard for the British alternative scene with the albums Real To Real Cacophony (also 1979), Empires And Dance (1980) and the pioneering 'twin' releases Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call(1981). In 1982, as the most prolific and fast-evolving band of a generation that also included The Cure, the Psychedelic Furs and Joy Division/New Order, they went on to make the landmark New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), which marked the debut of drummer Mel Gaynor and served as the template for U2's The Unforgettable Fire two years later.

Simple Minds went stratospheric with Once Upon A Time and became a band with a mission, the first to commit to the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert held at Wembley Stadium in July 1988, an event for which they wrote "Mandela Day," included on Street Fighting Years the following year. Following Mandela's release, Simple Minds also played the Freedom Concert, again at Wembley Stadium, in April 1990, and the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute in Hyde Park in 2008. In the intervening years, they have graced the UK Top 20 with the shimmering singles "Let There Be Love," "See The Lights," "Stand By Love," "She's A River," "Hypnotised," and "Glitterball,"and the album charts with Real Life (1991), Good News From The Next World (1995), Neapolis (1998) and Black & White 050505 (2005), and covered material by many of the artists who have influenced them on Neon Lights (2001).

Simple Minds have an active year ahead, sharing this March 21 message on the band's Facebook page: "Tour starting now... Recording in summer... Hopefully US/Canada to follow... Arena tour to finish the year... New album next spring..."

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

www.simpleminds.com

Simple Minds: Celebrate - The Greatest Hits + [2CD; digital]
CD1:
1. Life In A Day
2. Chelsea Girl
3. Changeling
4. I Travel
5. Celebrate
6. The American
7. Love Song
8. Promised You A Miracle
9. Glittering Prize
10. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
11. Waterfront
12. Speed Your Love To Me
13. Up On The Catwalk
14. Don't You (Forget About Me)
15. Alive And Kicking
16. Sanctify Yourself
17. All The Things She Said
18. Ghost Dancing

CD2:
1. Belfast Child
2. This Is Your Land
3. Kick It In
4. Let There Be Love
5. See The Lights
6. Stand By Love
7. She's A River
8. Hypnotised
9. Glitterball
10. War Babies
11. Space
12. Cry
13. Spaceface
14. Home
15. Rockets
16. Stars Will Lead The Way
17. Blood Diamonds *
18. Broken Glass Park *

*New 2013 track

Simple Minds: Celebrate - The Greatest Hits + [3CD; digital]
CD1:
1. Life In A Day
2. Chelsea Girl
3. Changeling
4. I Travel
5. Celebrate
6. The American
7. Love Song
8. Sweat In Bullet
9. Theme From Great Cities
10. Promised You A Miracle
11. Glittering Prize
12. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
13. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
14. Waterfront
15. Speed Your Love To Me
16. Up On The Catwalk

CD2:
1. Don't You Forget About Me
2. Alive And Kicking
3. Sanctify Yourself
4. All The Things She Said
5. Ghost Dancing
6. Promised You A Miracle (Live)
7. Belfast Child
8. Mandela Day
9. Biko
10. This Is Your Land
11. Kick It In
12. Let It All Come Down
13. Let There Be Love
14. See The Lights
15. Stand By Love
16. Real Life

CD3:
1. She's A River
2. Hypnotised
3. Glitterball
4. War Babies
5. Space
6. Jeweller To The Stars
7. Dancing Barefoot
8. Cry
9. Spaceface
10. One Step Closer
11. Home
12. Stranger
13. Stay Visible
14. Rockets
15. Stars Will Lead The Way
16. Stagefright
17. Blood Diamonds *
18. Broken Glass Park *

*New 2013 track







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