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Once Upon a Time [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Simple MindsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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 (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0000793ZB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once Upon A Time
2. All The Things She Said
3. Ghost Dancing
4. Alive And Kicking
5. Oh Jungleland
6. I Wish You Were Here
7. Sanctify Yourself
8. Come A Long Way

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks From Start To Finish June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
There aren't many albums today that you can listen to from start to finish and love every song - Simple Minds shows how. It's certainly different from the previous albums - but then if it were the same people would complain about it anway. All that hot air about their bombast is rubbish. Once Upon A Time in its own right is one hell of an album, that if you like the sound you'll love it all the way through, and if you didn't then you'd save a couple of bucks so good on you.

Ghostdancing, Oh Jungleland, Sanctify Yourself - I could be listing all the tracks but these are simply alive and kicking. And Robin Cook adds a touch to this album that makes it special, you want to hear her in every track. She did for Simple Minds what Oleta Adams did for Tears For Fears in Sowing the Seeds - another revolution but that's another story. And rightfully they have her winding up Alive and Kicking during the Amsterdam tour, I wish that was on record (sadly it's not the same one as that captured in the Live in the City of Light double album)

I only wish they'd release this complete with all the B Sides and extended versions - the extended version of All The Things She Said is an absolute gem - they simply don't make them like this anymore.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacious, Full 5.1 DTS Audio Mix! June 21, 2007
Format:DVD Audio
This DVD Audio/Video disc is absolutely stunning. I'm somewhat new to 5.1 audio mixes, so perhaps I'm not the best judge since I've only started listening to music this way recently. Nonetheless, I am amazed at how amazing 1985 era audio sounds by today's standards. I cannot tell any difference between something mixed in 5.1 today versus this Simple Minds 'Once Upon A Time' 5.1 mix from 1985. It is truly a gem!

The music is spacious, crystal clear, and crisp. The vocals and music soar all around. The discrete 5.1 DTS mix makes use of the center channel, which is where the majority of the lead vocals are heard. Background vocals are scattered throughout the channels. It's amazing hearing Jim Kerr's voice come through just one speaker. It really allows one to hear the true dynamics of the original studio recordings, and the quality production that accompanies throughout. I'm hearing pieces of music that I've never heard before in the original stereo recordings.

Included on this DVD Audio/Video Disc:

The original 8 tracks in both 5.1 Surround Sound (DVD-A 96/24 + DTS 96/24) and PCM 2.0 Stereo (48/16).
01 Once Upon A Time
02 All The Things She Said
03 Ghost Dancing
04 Alive And Kicking
05 Oh Jungleland
06 I Wish You Were Here
07 Sanctify Yourself
08 Come A Long Way

Note that some songs are actually a few seconds longer than the original CD/vinyl versions.

Bonus features include:
Videos - All The Things She Said + Alive And Kicking

This DVD Audio/Video is a Virgin/EMI 2005 release made in the EU.
UPC: 7 2438-13016-9 2
All Regions

The original 24-track analog master tapes were used to create this release.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Most Fully Realized Artistic Studio Statement!! January 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was the first Simple Minds album that I bought
and I loved the whole thing from start to finish!
My introduction to them was of course, 1985's
"Don't You Forget About Me", but Jim Kerr's
"Morrisonesque" voice was so compelling that I had
to dig deeper and low and behold, due to this album and
their other great masterwork "Simple Minds:
Live In The City Of Lights", I was turned out and
transformed by this european group's orchestral synths,
soaring crying guitars, power-rock drumming and the
voices of both Jim Kerr and Robin Clark, who were
putting it down in a big way!
Love this album here!...And if you like this,
then check out "Live In The City Of Lights"
and you will get the whole gist of
what Simple Minds was about!

The Tracks That Still Stand Up Today Are:

All The Things She Said
Ghost Dancing
Alive & Kickin'
Oh Jungleland
Sanctify Yourself
Come A Long, Long Way
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't "Forget About" it... January 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can remember the first time I bought and listened to this albumn.I was 19,just graduated from high school,and was just wrapping up military boot camp.I was looking for one I thought contained the single,"Don't You Forget...",and ran across this one at a record store.I bought it,rushed back to my barracks,and popped it into my walkman.Well I found out,to my dismay,that the single wasn't there.Yet listening to all those songs on that albumn,I was literally swept away by its sounds,lyrics,and voices.What songs stood out most to me was...well...none of them really stood out,because they all were great.That made "Once Upon a Time",really great.I honestly feel that this was the Minds's best work yet.Of all the albumns they produced,if we were to hold a sort of countdown chart of all their works,"Once Upon..."would be #1,followed by "New Gold Dream",then "Sons and Fascination",and then "Sparkle In The Rain".For any serious Minds fanatic like myself,you must get this albumn.Listen to it again and again.All the tracks are upbeat,melodic,and technically innovative.All in all...a must listening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
There are songs that are forever, "Don't You Forget About Me" and "Alive and Kicking" are amazing songs that you can not easily forget!!!
Published 6 months ago by Carlos Reyes Colunga
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album/cd from a great band
Simple Minds have been around a long time and are still performing (just in Philly on October 18) and releasing new material. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stewart Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
When I first received this (as a Christmas gift) back in 1985, I was thrilled because back then the only way to get the two or so songs you heard on MTV was to buy the record! Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds Finding Their Groove
Musically both important post punk bands in Europe, Simple Minds seem to be diminished in many ways by their comparisons to the more commercially popular U2. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of the 80s
If you miss the 1980s, this is the album to get. It really does not get much better. Even more than the older U2 Albums, this is the sound that defined the 80s.
Published 14 months ago by Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite...
I like every song on this album. Have heard them all hundreds of times and still enjoy it as much as when I first heard it as a teenager.
Published 20 months ago by dean scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from a truly underrated band
As a young kid growing up in the 80s, all I remembered about simple minds was their huge hit "don't you forget about me". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zimmy
4.0 out of 5 stars Remaster has both positives and negatives....
Recorded at the same time as they did the soundtrack song "Don't You Forget About Me", "Once Upon a Time" didn't really reflect the impact of that song but, instead, reflected the... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar album, not a bad song on it.
This is a stellar recording & performance, not a bad track on it. The production is great quality and stands up well today - not buried in reverb and reverse-gated snares like many... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Daniel A. Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD from the 80s
I first bought this way back in 1985 when it was originally released. It is one of the albums that I feel, perfectly exemplifies the spirit of the 1980s. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by couleecactus
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