The Best of Simple Minds

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The Best of Simple Minds
Greatest hits album by Simple Minds
Released 5 November 2001
Genre Rock, pop rock, new wave, post-punk, synthpop, alternative rock, alternative dance, neo-progressive rock
Label Virgin
Simple Minds chronology
Neon Lights
(2001)
The Best of Simple Minds
(2001)
Cry
(2002)
The Best of Simple Minds - Night of the Proms Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Martin C. Strong (8/10)[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Uncut 3.5/5 stars[4]

The Best of Simple Minds is the second greatest hits album by Simple Minds, released in 2001. New versions of the "Theme for Great Cities" were released, and some copies (such as the US version), included the remixes by Raven Maize.

A new edition was released in November 2007 with an extra DVD of the Verona concert film.

Raven Maize's track "The Real Life"—which samples both Simple Minds' "Theme for Great Cities" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"—was a hit single in 2001 and was included on this album, at the end of the second disc.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 4:20
  2. "Promised You a Miracle" (Edit) - 3:59
  3. "Waterfront" - 4:49
  4. "Alive and Kicking" - 5:24
  5. "Glittering Prize" (Edit) - 3:58
  6. "All the Things She Said" - 4:16
  7. "Sanctify Yourself" - 5:00
  8. "Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)" - 4:38
  9. "Ghost Dancing" - 4:46
  10. "Up on the Catwalk" (Edit) - 4:04
  11. "Speed Your Love to Me" (Edit) - 3:59
  12. "Theme for Great Cities" - 5:50
  13. "Love Song" (Edit) - 3:54
  14. "The American" (Edit) - 3:32
  15. "Sweat in Bullet" - 4:30
  16. "Life in a Day" - 4:00
  17. "I Travel" - 3:56
Disc two
  1. "Let There Be Love" (Extended Album Mix) - 5:14
  2. "This Is Your Land" (DJ Version) - 5:05
  3. "Kick It In" (Edit) - 4:20
  4. "Let It All Come Down" (Edit) - 3:37
  5. "See the Lights" - 4:22
  6. "Stand by Love" - 4:04
  7. "Real Life" (Video Mix) - 4:53
  8. "She's a River" (Edit) - 4:29
  9. "Hypnotised" (Edit) - 4:46
  10. "Glitterball" (Edit) - 4:25
  11. "War Babies" (Edit) - 4:24
  12. "Mandela Day" - 5:41
  13. "Biko" - 7:32
  14. "Belfast Child" - 6:40
  15. "The Real Life" (Raven Maize remix) - 2:55

The Best of Simple Minds - Night of the Proms Edition[edit]

Virgin Records released this compilation on 1 October 2002; it is identical to The Best of Simple Minds except it deletes "The Real Life" remix and replaces it with "Cry" (3:55) and "Spaceface" (3:52).

Special Edition DVD: Live in Verona[edit]

  1. "Theme for Great Cities '90"
  2. "When Spirits Rise"
  3. "Street Fighting Years"
  4. "Let It All Come Down" (Promotional Video)
  5. "Mandela Day"
  6. "Waterfront"
  7. "This Is Your Land" (Instrumental Segue)
  8. "Don't You Forget About Me"
  9. "Gaelic Melody" (Instrumental Segue)
  10. "Kick It In"
  11. "Ghost Dancing"
  12. "Soul Crying Out" (Instrumental Segue)
  13. "Belfast Child"
  14. "Sanctify Yourself"
  15. "East at Easter"
  16. "Alive & Kicking"
  17. "Let It All Come Down" (Instrumental End Titles)
  18. "Hunter & the Hunted" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]
  19. "Glittering Prize" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]
  20. "Someone Somewhere in Summertime" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]
  21. "The American" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]
  22. "Big Sleep" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]
  23. "New Gold Dream" [Recorded Live at the Newcastle City Hall, 20.11.82]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Italy (FIMI)[5] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Simple Minds - The Best of Simple Minds - review". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 970. 2006. 
  3. ^ Aston, Martin. "Simple Minds - The Best of Simple Minds - Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Uncut: 114. December 2001. 
  5. ^ "Italian album certifications – Simple Minds – Best of" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 30 June 2012.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Simple Minds in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Simple Minds – Best of". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 June 2012.  Enter Best of in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go