The Songs are GREAT!
Lil | Philadelphia, PA United States | 08/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, yes... for the price. I give Simple Minds 5++ stars, I gave this CD 4 stars; but compared to the "The Best Of Simple Minds" imported collection CD I would give it less than 3. Why? Because all of these songs ARE included in the "The Best Of Simple Minds" collection, not only that; they are complete not like this one in which some songs are shorter, the ones I can remember from the top of my head are "Alive and Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself". Besides, the CD is named "Glittering Prize" but, for crying out loud "Glittering Prize" is NOT included! (in the imported [remastered] version "Glittering Prize" IS included but costs more).I owned this CD for 10 years, and the songs never got old to me, I was always wondering how to get my hands on more Simple Minds music which used to be so hard to get (all I could find was Glittering Price wherever I'd go), when the "Best Of" came along I grabbed it as quick as I could. My suggestion: Buy the "The Best Of Simple Minds" (32 songs collection) you really do get more for the money, the imported version is the best. It has all of these songs in full, plus "Glittering Prize", "Ghostdancing" and "Life In A Day" which are definitely worth the cost. The only flaw is that "New Gold Dream 81 82 83 84" is not there which is to me, the best song from Simple Minds. But no matter! Find that song in the album with the same name and enjoy!"
A hidden gem
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simple Minds produced some of the greatest music--ever. Their best years were these--from 1981 to 1992. They sound like an '80s band, but their lyrics are far more powerful than a lot of bands of that decade. It's also great mood music as the lyrics are very stirring emotionally and really connect with the inner self in a way that no other music does. "Alive and Kicking" is just good music; it celebrates being alive. "Don't you forget about me"--we all remember from the Breakfast Club. "Promised You A Miracle" is a mood song that pokes fun at the times--the greed and materialism of the '80s and mocking the idea that money could buy happiness. "Sanctify Yourself" has a Christian overtone to it and touches on the themes of redemption. "The Belfast Child" is a moving ballad about Northern Ireland and a plea for peace and harmony between the warring factions. "Up On the Catwalk" is about life's complexities. "Let There be love" is a very powerful ballad on relationships--the line "She leads you to Heaven's door, then leaves you for dirt" is especially powerful. Unfortunately, that line describes far too many romantic relationships today. "Someone Somewhere In Summertime" is probably the greatest song ever written. It's about a summertime love that is more than a summer fling and that she was the only person in the world who understood you. It's a song laced with sadness and hope in equal measure. All in all, this is an album from a band who should have enjoyed the same kind of success as the Beatles."