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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000793ZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Re-issue of the simple minds album from 1983 that featured the classic singles 'waterfront' and 'the kick inside of me'.

Customer Reviews

Perfect mix of guitar and synth.
R. Baker
"Speed Your Love To Me" and "Waterfront" are the album's glorious centerpieces.
Rich Latta
I listened to this album five times when I found it again.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Doug Hernan on January 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Americans don't have any clue as to how good -- and how huge -- Simple Minds were. I was a GI in Germany when this brilliant album came out and I first saw Simple Minds in concert. They were big in Europe then -- a full year before "Don't You Forget About Me" -- the show was great, and singer Jim Kerr was everything you could want in a front man. (No wonder the Pretenders' Chrissy Hynde snapped him up!) Like U2, Simple Minds at their peak had an original, atmospheric sound...a keen taste for effective bombast...a deep, sincere spiritual mooring...and songs that mattered and made you want to sing along. This album is packed full of them -- from the urgent, pounding cadences of "Up on the Catwalk" to the seductive pulse of "Waterfront" to the full-throttle abandon of "Kick Inside of Me." Both "New Gold Dream" and "Sparkle in the Rain" have held up exceedingly well over the last 15+ years, and I strongly recommend starting with either of these albums rather than the Glittering Prize best-of collections. Both CDs hang together well and contain wonderful cuts you can't get anywhere else. To listen to Sparkle in the Rain makes me feel 19 and idealistic again (I'm 36 and semi-idealistic). It also captures so much of what made rock so exciting in the early 80s. It wasn't just about haircuts, attitudes and raincoats. It was about still believing that music matters and can move mountains. No matter how jaded you think you are, one listen to "Sparkle" will give you a jolt to the soul you won't soon forget.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on May 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Simple Minds came closer than ever before to all-out rocking on this album. They do rock here, but they still exhibit skillfully played musical shadings. Highly inventive, underrated guitarist Charlie Burchill steps forward and rocks, but not without his rhythmic subtlety. At the time, this album was criticized for being poorly mixed and sounding muddy, but I quite like that thick din of sound. I haven't heard the remaster, so I hope they haven't botched it.

"Up on the Catwalk" kicks things off with rumbling thunder and haunting keyboards. One of SPARKLE's best songs despite borrowing the already overdone U2 theme "I'll be there tonight." Singer Jim Kerr delivers a fantastically wordy vocal that moves into improvisation towards the end of the song.

"Book of Brilliant Things" is good but not my favorite, although it grows on you with that catchy guitar hook.

"Speed Your Love To Me" and "Waterfront" are the album's glorious centerpieces. Simply brilliant and uplifting (and totally rockin'!)

"East at Easter" is a slow burner that builds with subtle intensity.

"Street Hassle" is one of Lou Reed's best songs and SM actually improve on the original, giving it a smoother, more organic quality. Fantastic orchestration. And, let's face it, Kerr has a much better voice than Reed. Lou must've approved because he sings (or, rather, speaks) on SM's "This Is Your Land" from STREET FIGHTING YEARS a few years later.

"White Hot Day" - not the best, but still a good song with musings about "time."

"'C' Moon Cry Like A Baby" is another favorite. This one has an infectious swing.

"The Kick Inside Me" is the hardest rocking song on the album.

"Shake Off The Ghosts" is floating serenity.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
1984 was the year the post-punk darlings across The Pond grew up ... well, maybe not The Cure who, upon releasing its babbling, tantrum-filled "The Top" that year, would continue to waddle back toward infancy. The Psychedelic Furs came out with "Mirror Moves," adding a polish to its sneer; Echo & the Bunnymen dabbled in orchestral maneuvers on "Ocean Rain;" The Smiths arrived to fill a college-circuit Elvis niche; and U2 hired Brian Eno to babysit the band in the studio to great effect. Yet, in retrospect, perhaps the finest moment was instigated by the genre-hopping Simple Minds, who on "Sparkle in the Rain" would find their sound, then quickly be eclipsed by U2, whose frontman (future pope Bono) shared a similar singing style with Jim Kerr.

Rediscovering the album a dozen years or so since I lost my original cassette, I am blown away by how much is going on in these songs -- especially the first three tracks ("Up on the Catwalk," "Book of Brilliant Things" and "Speed Your Love to Me") -- yet how flawless and contemporary it sounds. The band's previous release, "New Gold Dream," demonstrated the band's ability to carve out emotional soundscapes, but it lacked the energy and swagger that "Sparkle" spills through the speakers. By 1984, SM was an accomplished band that had dabbled in punk, art rock, synth and disco, and already had six studio albums under its belt, so it makes sense the band should outshine its contemporaries on No. 7. Yet, it's not the musicianship alone; there is a sense of earnestness here, a Walt Whitman "yawp," if you will, that is lacking in other releases of the time, as well as any other Simple Minds release. Subsequent albums came off too grandiose; and on prior releases, Kerr either lacked confidence or purposely subdued his vocals.
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