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New Gold Dream [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0000793Z9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Gold Dream is Simple Minds' finest achievment December 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
New Gold Dream is the quintessential example of Simple Minds' magical combintation of new age synth sounds and guitar-based post punk pop music. From the dancey, title track, New Gold Dream, to the etherial instrumental, Somebody Up There Likes You, this album towers above the other great new age classics from Great Britain in the early 80s. I believe this is one of the best albums of all times.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic synthesizer punk from the '80's March 30, 2002
By apfb
Format:Audio CD
To the record company-- this album needs to be re-released in the US!!!
As a dedicated listener of post-punk new wave music during the golden days of KROQ in Pasadena, CA (late 1970's until early 1990's), the Simple Minds stood out as the perfect balance between aggressive guitar rock and smooth synthesizer melody. Hearing this album (and also Sparkle in the Rain) was like finding your favorite toy from childhood. New Gold Dream falls on the more melodic side of the Simple Minds. The Simple Minds missed their calling as film composers-- their instrumental tracks are among some of their best compositions.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one.... March 15, 2002
By BC
Format:Audio CD
This is the one MUST OWN simple minds CD. The music is dreamy and lush... containing many more layers than most of the other synth bands of the era. King is White is simply a masterpiece! Big Sleep, Someone Somewhere and New Gold Dream are all tops.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remaster problem for a fantastic record! February 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I ended up buying this remastered version when I already owned the limited edition LP style CD remaster. I was going to sell the imported mini LP version and keep this one but something strange happened. When I put in this version to listen to it took less than 10 seconds into Someone, Somewhere In Summertime to realize something was wrong. This remaster is not the same as the LP style CD. Not even close. To put it simply, someone has taken quite a bit of the top off this record (the sheen you could say) and it sounds wrong, all wrong. Having owned the original LP when it came out in 1982 (purple and gold vinyl!) and the original A+M CD version I have a fairly good idea of what it should sound like. This remaster is compressed and all wrong.

You have to ask yourself why there would be two different remastered versions of this CD. It is really strange. The lushness of the synthesizers, the guitars, the cymbals and little details are all muted and not upfront like they should be. It is literally like they have been shaved off (by equalization I assume) during the remastering process. Jim Kerr's vocals, on the other hand, are up front too much, in contrast to the some of the music, when his vocals should be buried in the mix more and with more reverb and echo on the them. That's how the record was made. I have no idea how this was done by the remastering engineer but it was done. It is basically, remixed and remastered, as if someone didn't know what it was supposed to sound like and decided to change it to what they thought it should be. It is truly strange.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Rock: descendants of the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Simple Minds should never be laid to the side without a close listen. Certainly, not everything they produced was on par with this album and Sparkle in the Rain, but how many albums of this stature have been produced in the history of mankind? Simple Minds never realized the greatness of Pink Floyd in a monetary sense, but in musical and experimental livelihood and uniqueness, they match perfectly. This is not to say that Simple Minds is not a journey of its own, only that in stature they deserve a place with greats such as Floyd and Moody Blues. A sense of owing popularity a bit to U2's own, despite vague similarities to U2's later works such as 'Joshua Tree' and 'Unforgetable Fire' Simple Minds early on surpass them in pure genius.
Simple Minds is rightfully considered New Wave while on the same hand surpassing easy definition of the genre. Thought-provoking lyrics substantiated by powerful and experimental music. The entire album is set with grand schemes which aspires to, and achieves, etherial thought in music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythopoetic Spiritualist Music February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine, fine recording of very different music. One of the things other reviewers haven't noted is the spiritual (and dare I say it evangelical) note of Jim's singing. He and Bono both came from a direction which in the US would have been called Christian Rock, but without the pigeonhole baggage US groups carried. He is so emotional in trying to deliver the lyric it is almost a collection of songs without words. You do not have even adequate coverage of the very, very best of 80's music without this CD, Sparkle In The Rain and Sons and Fascination. And the answer to "Why Didn't They Stay This Great?" is: Jim had his soul stolen by the greatest Alpha female rocker of all time, Chryssie Hynde. After her, he was never the same. Would you be any different?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old GOLD Still a Treasure! May 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
On this album, Simple Minds evolved from their brilliant underground electro-art-rock to, well, more accessible versions of the same thing. Although I love their previous phase, the band sounds more relaxed and natural on NEW GOLD DREAM (a bit like the change from Tears for Fears' THE HURTING to SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR).

Every song here is great except I really can't take "Promised You a Miracle" (the biggest hit, no less) which sounds like annoying, cheesy disco to me (obviously an unorthodox opinion, but to each his own). Typically, I skip it. "New Gold Dream" and "Glittering Prize" are also disco-tinged, but I like those two a lot. They're very up-beat with great melodies.

"Someone, Somewhere in Summertime" is one of those magical songs that warms the heart and, for me at least, evokes an indescribable feeling of nostalgia, even when I first heard it. I also really like the more "relaxed" songs like "Hunter and the Hunted" featuring a frantic-fingered Herbie Hancock (!) and the hypnotic "Big Sleep." "King is White and in the Crowd" is also hypnotic and dreamy.

The album's sound fits perfectly into the time it was made (1982), yet it doesn't sound dated, at least not in any negative way. If this is a quasi-disco album, so be it. Jim Kerr could be seen as letting his soul shine through a bit more on this one (which he continued to do more and more on subsequent albums). The band follows suit; everyone seems to have lightened up for this one. I'll always go back to this album.

(this review pertains to the original issue - haven't heard the remaster)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent album I had in college days brings back good ...
excellent album I had in college days brings back good memories arrived in good shape and soon after ordered great transaction!
Published 2 months ago by John Lars Fatland
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally purchased the CD version
Would have given it 5 stars but due to CD's limitations it does not sound as good as the vinyl version which i still have from when it was released 32 years ago and occasionally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by spottyshowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Like
I really like the older Simple Minds albums. This one is still very good. Purchased as new, came as such
Published 3 months ago by Deb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album from a great classic, under-rated band.
I am slowly going back and collecting all of this band's albums on CD's. One of my Childhood favorites, I began listening when "Breakfast Club" came out.
Published 3 months ago by Shannon Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Their peak
This was the last of the killer underground Simple Minds before they went mainstream. Dont get me wrong, their later stuff is incredible, but this was , IMO, their best sound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clayton Acklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s music
20 years ago I bought their CD 'glittering prizes', a CD with 'the best of'. Great songs, great compilation. Then I heard a song that wasn't on this compilation CD, but is on this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dutch Andre in the US
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I was a casual Simple Minds listener back in the 80s. I never had any of their catalog, but I love this album.
Published 11 months ago by Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Too many memories.
New Gold Dream has got to be one of my favorite tracks of all times. Excellent sound on this CD.
Published 15 months ago by EddyJr.
4.0 out of 5 stars New Glittering Simple Minds Promised Someone Somewhere A Miracle Prize
***Note: this review refers to the X5 CD which contains this album plus six bonus tracks: Promised You a Miracle (extended); Glittering Prize (club mix); Someone Somewhere In... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by THowerton
4.0 out of 5 stars Not prefect but timeless
New Gold Dream isn't a perfect album, at least not in terms of it being made up 100% of 9 perfect songs - some tend to drag and show less sparkle or imagination - but as whole this... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Thomas D.
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