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Simple Minds: Seen the Lights - A Visual History
EMI/EMI . R4 . COLOR . 180 mins . E . PAL

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It’s telling when a band retrospective completely ignores their first three albums; let’s just say it took a while for Simple Minds to find their feet. Still, when they did clamber upright they did it with aplomb, delivering some unforgettable early ‘80s long-players before careening off-track post Live Aid into an overwrought quagmire of affected U2-envy.

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Celebrating the good amongst the 26 songs featured here in promo video form, we’re given clips for classics such as Love Song, Glittering Prize and Speed Your Love to Me (which addicts of ABC TV’s Rage may recognise via the use of the extended 12” version in a long-running promo). Naturally, the la-la-la-infested tune that splattered them all over charts worldwide in Don’t You Forget About Me, from ‘80s teen flick sensation The Breakfast Club, is also present. Bummer they didn’t write it then…

Track listing...

Love Song
Sweat in Bullet
Promised You a Miracle
Glittering Prize
Waterfront
Speed Your Love to Me
Up on the Catwalk
Don't You (Forget About Me)
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself
All the Things She Said
Ghostdancing
Belfast Child
Mandela Day
This is Your Land
Kick it In
Let it All Come Down
Let There Be Love
See the Lights
Stand By Love
Real Life
She's a River
Hypnotised
Glitterball
War Babies
Cry

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Most early clips deliver warm fuzzies – literally – although this is typical of the era’s promos, so without splattering mega-bucks at restoration we could expect no more.

The audio has been spruced up a tad, although PCM would have been preferable as the Dolby Digital stereo we're given lacks the life many of these tunes deserve.

When it comes to bonus inclusions, the focus is on live performance, with six early UK TV clips (who wanted to be Roxy Music then?) and a winning 36 minute concert from 1983 (before the pretentiousness set in). A 15-track gig from Verona, caught in 1989, is the chunkiest bonus - Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and all – although it’s from the acme of their pompous phase. A four-page booklet is essentially useless, while the DVD-ROM stuff at least features a reasonable discography.


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  •   And I quote...
    "All the good - and bad - from the period of SImple Minds' life they want us to remember..."
    - Amy Flower
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          Pioneer DV-466-K
    • TV:
          Loewe Xelos 5381ZW 81cm 100Hz
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    • Speakers:
          DB Dynamics Eclipse RBS662
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          DB Dynamics Eclipse ECC442
    • Surrounds:
          DB Dynamics Eclipse ECR042
    • Subwoofer:
          DTX Digital 4.8
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard RCA
    • Video Cables:
          Standard Component RCA
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