This coffee table style book follows the same template as the recent volume on Free and Bad Company, printed on top quality paper with lots of photographs of rare memorabilia. It comprises mainly reminiscences from diehard loyal fans over the years, together with further contributions from former band members, their then manager and road crew. Simple Minds are a band that initially had quite an experimental sound on their first few albums before morphing into a more conventional U2 style stadium rock outfit at the height of their fame. For me, the early stuff still sounds great, songs like I Travel, The American and Love Song still holding their own today. The highpoint of my interest was the New Gold Dream album, a fantastic culmination of their work and influences to that date, and this was followed by the splendid Sparkle in the Rain, although this was also the album when they began to move away from electronica and towards the big arena filling sound they would perfect on the subsequent run of big selling albums. In doing that though, I feel they lost some of their best attributes, smothering the atmospheric intricacies and subtleties of their music with huge rock riffs, but I guess you can’t argue with success. In later years, the band have returned more to their original sound and although their recent albums didn’t receive too much coverage, they are certainly worth a listen – you may be pleasantly surprised! The book has been very well researched, and has been put together with obvious great care and meticulous attention to detail. Beautifully produced and lavishly presented, fans will definitely want to take a look at this comprehensive and lengthy volume, which gives a different and unusual perspective on the band’s rise to success from small Scottish clubs to the world’s stadiums.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The band’s music over the last forty years.
One thing you’ve learned
The band seem to have a great relationship with their core fanbase.