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Black and White 050505 [Enhanced, Import]

Simple MindsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Simple Minds have been many things to many people: sound scapers, 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Simple Minds Store

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • ASIN: B0009Y8N24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stay Visible
2. Home
3. Stranger
4. Different World (Taormina.Me)
5. Underneath The Ice
6. Jeweller (Part 2)
7. Black & White
8. Kiss The Ground
9. Dolphins

Editorial Reviews

The Most Successful Scottish Band of the 1970's and 80's Return with an Album that is Quite Strong and Contemporary with an Epic Sound that Embodies Everything They have Been Extolled for in the Past. According to Founder Jim Kerr: "we Wanted to Make an Album Once Again that was Full of Dramatic and Atmospheric Pop Music...we Felt that We Needed an Album that Proved as Much to Ourselves as Anyone Else, that the Big Beating Heart of Simple Minds was Very Much Alive...".

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds at their best.... February 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Simple Minds fan since high school (OK, 1985!), and have always enjoyed their music. Ironically, I got into their "back" catalog as I grew older. My high school days were filled with "Don't You Forget About Me" and "Alive and Kicking", along with all the other great tunes from "Once Upon A Time".

Then, while in college, Simple Minds release "Street Fighting Years" and simply blow me away. To this day, this album remains one of my all time favorites from any band. Next comes "The Real Life", and the band continues to amaze. I can't get enough.

Unfortunately, from that point, their popularity in the states starts to fade, and many one time "fans" write them off as "one of those 80's bands". Sure, there were flashes of Simple Minds brilliance in the 90's - songs from "Good News.." and "Neapolis" come to mind - but an album like "Street Fighting Years" didn't seem to be in the cards anymore for the band.

Until now. When I first popped in "Black and White" and heard the first notes of "Stay Visible", I knew instantly I was hearing the soaring, atmospheric, passionate Simple Minds that I knew still existed. Followed closely by the first single "Home" and new single (well, new everywhere except in the U.S., but don't get me started on that) "Stranger", Simple Minds are simply back on top of their game.

To me, I know an album has grabbed my attention if I continuously play it, and ignore the rest of my 2,000 cds for a while. That's what "Black and White" has done to me since I first played it. If you are, were, or aren't even a Simple Minds fan, pick up this new release and you will believe all the folklore "hype" that has been said and written about this group once standing toe to toe with U2 for international rock stardom. U2 may have reached the summit of world domination (and rightly so), but this record proves that Simple Minds belong right up there with them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twice Upon a Time November 14, 2005
By Buddha
Format:Audio CD
Finally, the album for which Simple Minds fans have been waiting two decades. I realize that sounds like the hyperbole of a PR hack, but I'm actually an old Minds fan who only reticently even picked up this cd. To my surprise, this is their most focused, passionate, inspiring album in two decades. The past few albums have had moments of greatness, such as See the Lights and Killing Andy Warhol, but this entire album just drips of Simple Minds' essence - that head in the clouds, eyes on the stars earnest hopefulness, "the Big Music". The first single, Hope, is a brilliant Charlie Burchill tour de force. Mel Gaynor pounds the skins like he's performing for heaven, he remains an incredible drummer. Jim Kerr's vocals slip from elegant to overbearing with typical frequency, but you have to admit he gives his all. If this album had been released in 1988, it would have gone platinum.

And that's the one problem with this album. It oozes Simple Minds' signature sound, so does sometimes seem a little dated. Blame Bob Clearmountain perhaps, but the keyboards sound darn late 80's, and subtlety can't be found anywhere in sight. Maybe they took a page from U2 (again) in going back to this basics a little too fervently, for the album lacks a new twist. New Gold Dream sounds more timeless to these ears. Still, the performances are top-notch (Mr. Burchill please take a well deserved, long overdue bow). A truly fine, occasionally awesome album, their best in 20 years. Enjoy.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seen The Lights. September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The sticker on the front of Simple Minds' "Black & White" reads "An Astounding Return To Form"--FIVE STARS by Record Collection, and "Spectacular" by Sunday Mail. Who are these people? What are their credentials? I've never heard of them. With all the internet hype surrounding this cd, I purchased my copy from

Well, the results seemed more like a cross between "Good News From The Next World" and "Neapolis" with a sprinkle of "Cry". Simple Minds have not released a good album since 1991's "Real Life", and not a great album since 1989's "Street Fighting Years". Everything up to now has had moments, but not an entire album's worth of great songs. "Black & White" offers the same.

There seem to be five standout tracks: "Stay Visible", "Home" (the first single released), "Stranger", "Underneath The Ice" and "Dolphins". The other four tracks are solid, but nothing substantially exciting. "Home", in particular, is probably the best song on the disc, and a good idea to release it as the first single.

The band consists of Kerr & Burchill, and this time they brought back long time, on again, off again, drummer, Mel Gaynor. The found a new bass player by the name of Eddy Duffy. He is a sound-alike Derek Forbes, and does a great imitation of the spiralling bass playing that Forbes excelled at on "Stay Visible". Overall, the music and musicianship is solid, but lacking in creativity. They bring energy to the songs, but the lyrics and melodies seem rather uninspired. This is no "New Gold Dream", "Sparkle In The Rain", "Once Upon A Time", or "Street Fighting Years". Nor is it anyting prior to "New Gold Dream".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds Are Back! November 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is exhilarating and ranks along side classic Simple Minds albums such as New Gold Dream and Once Upon a Time. The production is first class and Jim Kerr's voice is as good as ever. Melodically, the songs are strong - they wash over you and engulf you, inspire you and mesmerise you ... Dolphins is a toure de force, embodying all that is best about Simple Minds. If ever you were a fan of Simple Minds, you owe it to yourself to give this album a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
starts off slow but grows on you after a while more downbeat than other offering but listenable nonetheless for simple minds
Published 9 months ago by wade sprynczynatyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Simple Minds Collection
Just another great Simple Minds collection of song added to my stack of Simple Mind CDs. I'm adding to my bucket list going to a Simple Minds concert in the UK.
Published 12 months ago by Robert L. Mcdaniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Black and White Simple Minds
Strong evocative album. Certainly far from their best(New Gold Dream, Sparkle In The Rain, Real Life) but it's a nice solid record from them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars "I dreamed another dream that you had come to take me home"
A captivating cover and wonderful photos and packaging is just icing on the cake as Simple Minds brings us another great album, especially for fans of their music after their New... Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since *Sparkle in the Rain*
I'm happy to say that I own -- and listen to -- every studio album these guys have produced (excepting only *Real to Real Cacophony*). Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by Typhon2222
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy!
My husband had this on his Christmas list and is very happy with the CD.
Published on January 18, 2010 by G. Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds Reclaims Itself
History and timing has not been kind to Simple Minds. From their early, semi-progessive, electic- electronic formation they developed into a band capable of epic sweep and vision. Read more
Published on December 29, 2007 by PJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the days of 'Sparkle in the Rain'
One word for this album--AWESOME--. Very strong and upbeat. This album displays burchills best guitar work. Each track fits neatly into one another. Read more
Published on October 6, 2007 by K. M. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars they are not dead..a glory come back
a real true simple minds come back with true simple minds music.A miracle has happened.
Published on August 15, 2006 by tomas montero
5.0 out of 5 stars they are back on route again
This album is a great offering and can be placed next to other classic Simple Minds albums such as their most commercial New Gold Dream. Read more
Published on May 4, 2006 by Musiclover
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