New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)

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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released 13 September 1982
Recorded 1982
Length 44:59
Label Virgin
Producer Peter Walsh
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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
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New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in September 1982 by record label Virgin, and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe.


Released in September 1982, the album made No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] In the US, A&M issued some limited edition translucent gold with maroon colored marble vinyl pressings of the album.[3]

The record generated a handful of singles: "Promised You a Miracle" (released in April 1982), "Glittering Prize" (August 1982) and "Someone Somewhere in Summertime" (November 1982). The title track saw a limited release in Italy, when the band visited the country during their tour in March 1983. In addition, the jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock performed a synthesizer solo on the track "Hunter and the Hunted."

Virgin Records reissued the album as a remastered edition in 2002 (cardboard vinyl replica edition) and early 2003 (jewel-case). On the 2002/2003 edition, the gaps between the tracks on the album are slightly shorter. Virgin also reissued the album on SACD in 2003.

2005 DVD-Audio version[edit]

In 2005 Virgin released a DVD-Audio version, which is completely remixed by Roland Prent. All the tracks except "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel" and "Promised You a Miracle" (whose multitrack tapes had apparently been lost) were remixed in 5.1 surround sound, and additionally, a downmixed 2.0 stereo version was created for compatibility with non-surround DVD-Audio set-ups.

There is also a bonus track, "In Every Heaven". The song had previously been lost, as it was not labelled on the master tape properly. An instrumental of it called "Soundtrack for Every Heaven", had been the B-side of the "Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)" 12-inch single and was also on the popular Methods Of Dance compilation on Virgin. An alternate version of "In Every Heaven" from the same sessions appeared on the version of New Gold Dream included in the X5 box set.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[5]
The Great Rock Discography 8/10[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Smash Hits 8/10[10]
Uncut 5/5 stars[11]
The Village Voice C+[12]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13]

"Every band or artist with a history has an album that's their holy grail," said Jim Kerr. "I suppose New Gold Dream was ours. It was a special time because we were really beginning to break through with that record, both commercially and critically. The people that liked that record connected with it in a special way. There was a depth to it: it created its own mythology. It stood out. It was our most successful record to date and, critically, the Paul Morleys of this world were writing very nice things about it."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Simple Minds. 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Someone Somewhere in Summertime"   4:36
2. "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel"   3:49
3. "Promised You a Miracle"   4:28
4. "Big Sleep"   5:00
5. "Somebody Up There Likes You"   5:02
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)"   5:39
2. "Glittering Prize"   4:33
3. "Hunter and the Hunted"   5:55
4. "King Is White and in the Crowd"   7:00


Simple Minds
Additional musicians
  • Mel Gaynor - drums on "Someone Somewhere in Summertime", "Big Sleep", "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)", "Glittering Prize", "Hunter and the Hunted", and "The King is White and in the Crowd" (Gaynor later became the full-time drummer)
  • Mike Ogletree - drums on "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel", "Somebody Up There Likes You", and "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)"
  • Kenny Hyslop - drums on "Promised You a Miracle". This is the only studio track with Hyslop on drums.
  • Sharon Campbell - girl's voice on "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel" and "Glittering Prize"
  • Herbie Hancock - guest keyboardist on "Hunter and the Hunted"

The album was recorded using three drummers, none of them a full-time member of the band, although drummer Mike Ogletree did appear on the insert of the original LP, and does appear on the back cover of the 2002/2003 CD and SACD, and the 2005 DVD-A editions.

In popular culture[edit]


Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 21
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 65
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 47
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[22] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[23] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 47


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  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.). London: Virgin Books. ISBN 1-852-27923-0. 
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography (1 ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 970. ISBN 1-841-95985-5. 
  7. ^ Eccleston, Danny (September 2016). "Precious mettle". Mojo (274): 105. 
  8. ^ "Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)". Q (211): 117. February 2004. 
  9. ^ Fricke, David (14 April 1983). "Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)". Rolling Stone (393). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. 
  10. ^ Hepworth, David (30 September – 13 October 1982). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25. 
  11. ^ "Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)". Uncut (66): 139. November 2002. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (26 July 1983). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Dimery, Robert (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear before You Die. New York: Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-1371-3. 
  14. ^ Q March 1998
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  18. ^ " – Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) - Remastered 2016" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  19. ^ " – Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) - Remastered 2016" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  20. ^ " – Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84) - Remastered 2016" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  21. ^ " – Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  22. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 August 2016.

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