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Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call Import

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Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call by Simple Minds

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: VIRGIN
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000793Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sometimes one generation's vision of what is new and strange seems quaint thirty years on. This music, which is a picture of the strangeness of the modern world of 1980-something, is as vivid now as it was when it was first released.

Part of this is that the sound is so intelligently structured and presented -- the production is a model of clarity. Partly it's the strange palette of tone colors that combine so well with Jim Kerr's rich yet hollow voice.

But most of all, I think, this is because there is something haunting and mysterious about the combined clarity, intelligence, and color that is so perfectly set off by the propulsive bass and drums that drive track after track and that sustain this record over the long haul. The contrast is what makes Sons and Fascination's vision of modernity fresh and evocative even if it is so clearly a thing of its time.

Their later music tends, I think, to sound like Chicken Soup for the New Wave Soul, and their older music seems almost to document Simple Minds groping their way towards this record. If you are a fan of the later stuff for the sake of the allusive qualities that remain in it, you may just find there is more of that here, and better.
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Simple Minds made some truly fresh, invigorating music in their early days. The band's evolution was so fast and dramatic. This double album was recorded just before the band made their mainstream push, and consequently very little of it sounds commercial. Whilst I feel their follow-up (New Gold Dream) is their best, it's perhaps this record that contains the most challenging yet accessible soundscapes of the Simple Minds catalogue. I can't stress enough how unique and uncategoriseable this record is. It's not mainstream pop music because none of this would ever have gotten much airplay. It isn't progressive rock because of its accessibility. Considering the unconventional rhythms and textures, maybe we can call this industrial pop, but it really doesn't need a label.

The album opens with my favourite, "In Trance as Mission." It's got a driving, insistent 6/4 beat with a killer bassline. Layers of synthesizers propel the song over seven uplifting minutes. Jim Kerr's lyrics are non-sensical yet compelling: "In dream a dream a / courage of dreams / in trance as mission / trans-american / moving on." The darkness from previous albums was left behind on this incredible opener.

Next up are two of my least favourite Simple Minds tracks, "Sweat in Bullet" and "70 Cities." These two tracks exemplify the sometimes overbusy arrangements in the band's more experimental work. Each of these songs have too much going on. They also have some seriously annoying keyboard melodies. Fast forward.

"Boys From Brazil" gets back on track in a big way with pounding drums and more synth layers. Like a lot of their early songs, there isn't a definite, simple, strong melody, but various elements including bass and vocals come together to create a clear picture.
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This album was originally released as a double LP; then re-released as 2 single LPs: Sons and Fascination & Sister Feelings Call. Unfortunately, the music company decided to release this as a single CD, thus requiring them to cut 3 tracks from Sister Feelings Call. Since Sister Feelings Call was my favorite LP, I'm disappointed. I wish they would remaster it & re-release it as a double-CD w/ all the tracks. However, the songs that are on the CD are great stuff.
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'Not Ready For Prime Time'? The taste of someone who prefers the leaden 'New Gold Dream' or the uneven 'Sparkle In the Rain' - or any of the later sad-in-various-degrees attempts at stadium fillers - to this (double) album can only be wondered at. 'Sons and Fascination / Sister Feelings Call' was the release of an influential and (among the post-punks of Britain) revered band at the height of their powers, and it has aged very well. The pretentious title was by far the worst thing about it. After the triumph of the 'Empires and Dance' album - a guitar-and-keyboards martial stomp through European music of all stripes from Kraftwerk to Georgio Morodor - Simple Minds kept the peddle to the metal and released this collection of otherworldly dance anthems that popular music has either not caught up with yet or branched off from, leaving it in its own little singular universe - but crucially, a universe we can all visit, and one we all should.
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Long before The Breakfast Club came along and ruined a great band, Simple Minds were making great records. There are 4 CDs that deserve a place in any collection: Empires & Dance, Sons & Fascination / Sister Feelings Call, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) and Sparkle in the Rain.

This CD is actually 2 albums in one. Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Call. They were released simultaneously and both are presented completely here. Excellent euro post-punk. Jim Kerr's song writing was at it's best during this period and the band is excellent, especially bass player Derek Forbes.
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One of their great albums. They were so extraordinarily creative in late 70's and early 80's. Anything up through Sparkle in the Rain is well worth checking out. They were assimilating influences and ignoring them; making very innovative, non-categorizable music. Then, all of a sudden, something happened: they tried to be U2 or something. "Once Upon a Time" sounded like a different band, different people. What happened!? British post-punk's all-time greatest sellout. From so high to so low. But get this one and New Gold Dream. Wow.
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