81, 82, 83, 84ah
Most bands start great and end badly, a bit like prime ministers. Apart from Talk Talk of course who created their best work right at the end. Simple Minds can be placed well and truly in the former category, and New Gold Dream is possibly the highpoint. This album reminds me so much of being a kid, with this appetite for music. I was listening to all sorts of stuff before the age of 15, Coltrane, Davis, Can, Kraftwerk. Simple Minds, in the early 80s, fitted right into my paper-based playlists.
The lesser known tracks on this album shine, as much as the singles, Big Sleep, Hunter and the Hunted, King is White and in the Crowd. The whole album is a tour de force (really hate that term) for Derek Forbes, the man with the bank manager name, but the bass fingers of a god. And Herbie Hancock too.