Live in the City of Light

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Live In The City Of Light
Live album by
Released11 May 1987
Recorded12 & 13 August 1986
at Le Zénith, Paris, France (mostly)
LabelVirgin - SMDL 1
ProducerBruce Lampcov
Simple Minds chronology
Once Upon a Time
Live In The City Of Light
Street Fighting Years

Live In The City Of Light is the first (double LP / CD) live album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was released in May 1987 to document their successful worldwide Once Upon a Time tour, and charted at No. 1 in the UK. The album spawned one chart single release, a live version of "Promised You a Miracle".


The album was recorded mainly at Le Zénith, Paris on 12 & 13 August 1986 on the last dates of the Once Upon a Time world tour, with one track ("Someone, Somewhere In Summertime") recorded in late October 1986 in Sydney, Australia. It features the band's 1986 touring lineup, which included second vocalist Robin Clark and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos. Lisa Germano (at the time, a John Mellencamp band member who would perform on Simple Minds' next studio single, Belfast Child), contributed studio-overdubbed violin on "Someone Somewhere in Summertime"[1] and former Simple Minds member Derek Forbes contributed (uncredited) bass guitar overdubs.

Album cover[edit]

Although the album was not recorded there, the inside of the gatefold sleeve features a photograph of a Simple Minds concert from the 1986 tour which took place in a square in Locarno, Switzerland.

Release details[edit]

Live In The City Of Light was released as a double vinyl album with the band's logo in gold lettering over black sleeve. The package featured a 12" x 12" attached giant-sized booklet with state-of-the-art photography of the band's performance and outdoor session pictures. This art could not be reproduced faithfully on later CD releases (an original 1st pressing on double-fat jewel case and the USA version packaged in a long box on two separate discs).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Martin C. Strong(6/10)[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Smash Hits(6/10)[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks recorded live on 12/13 August 1986 at Le Zénith, Paris, France except "Someone, Somewhere In Summertime" recorded live on 24 (or 30) October 1986 at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia.[citation needed]

Side one[edit]

1."Ghost Dancing"7:22
2."Big Sleep"4:27
4."Promised You a Miracle"4:38

Side two[edit]

5."Someone Somewhere In Summertime"5:59
6."Oh Jungleland"6:35
7."Alive and Kicking"6:27

Side three[edit]

8."Don't You (Forget About Me)"6:37
9."Once Upon a Time"6:06
10."Book of Brilliant Things"4:53
11."East at Easter"4:20

Side four[edit]

12."Sanctify Yourself"7:06
13."Love Song" - "Sun City" - "Dance to the Music""7:02
14."New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)"5:31


  1. ^ The Official Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom - Simple Minds
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Simple Minds - Live In The City Of Light - Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  4. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 970. 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Rimmer, Dave. "Simple Minds - Live In The City Of Light - Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Simple Minds - Live In The City Of Light - Reviews". Smash Hits. EMAP. Retrieved 1 February 2013.