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simple minds live volume two: sleeve notes

After printing the 'wrong' review in the previous week's paper, The Sunday Express fixed their error by publishing a review of both discs in this edition.

Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds, has kindly reviewed the CD for us:

Volume 1
Free last Sunday

1. Alive And Kicking
After the No 1 success of Don't You (Forget About Me), it would be foolish to deny that we needed an event-type song to follow up. Alive And Kicking created the desired impact and made sure we could comfortably rise to the challenge when the pressure was truly on.

2. New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
For many, the New Gold Dream album remains our finest work. The song and the album certainly mark the point where artistically, everything fell into place.

3. Mandela Day
This was written especially for the Wembley Concert that was calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

4. Up On The Catwalk
Crashing drums and fantasies running wild, Up On The Catwalk is us at our spikiest and most dynamic.

5. Different World [TAORMINA.ME]
A relocation to the most southern tip of Europe, the studio version was written and recorded in Sicily. Different World is our escape anthem.

6. Let There Be Love
Let There Be Love wears it's heart on it's sleeve. A slushy sentiment? Perhaps! But one that John Lennon and many others would surely agree with.

7. Hypnotised
Deep and dangerous, Hypnotised is all about passions running amok. A bit like life really.

8. A Life Shot In Black And White
Overwhelming within its piano emotion. This could be classic Simple Minds as it recalls former days and yet it still dares to suggest that it from a creative space that is as fresh as the morning.

Volume 2
Free inside today

1. Waterfront
Feeling we needed to begin each and every show with an bang, Waterfront was designed and calculated to do just that.

2. Glittering Prize
In the summer of '82, the UK pop charts were seemingly awash with very new and innovative pop songs all written by young artists, many of whom were destined for bigger things. Glittering Prize is among that collection.

3. Sanctify Yourself
Producer Jimmy Iovine always felt that, apart from being a rock band, Simple Minds also posessed a soulfulness that demanded to be heard. Through this desire to explore another side of our creativity, Sanctify Yourself was written.

4. Don't You (Forget About Me)
Prior to the release of Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds had achieved a fair amount of critical success. However, there is little point denying that this is the song that kicked the door to "the big league" wide open for us.

5. All The Things She Said
Another example of "the big pop style" that we had embraced. The style of the song suited us perectly for the time and ensured that our sound could travel globally.

6. Ghost Dancing
The live debut of this song was at the now legendary Live Aid concert that took place in Philadelphia's JFK stadium. Our hearts were in our mouths on that day and each and every time we play that song, all those emotions return.

7. See The Lights
In some ways I feel that this is one of our best ever songs. It has a great mixture of deep darkness yet ultimatly compelling light within its words and melody.

8. Dolphins
A dream, a metaphor, an illusion. It all takes place against Charlie Burchill's siren call. In my view, Dolphins is a fine example of the cinema sound that Simple Minds has always been able to conjure up.