New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)

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New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
Studio album by
Released13 September 1982
RecordedJune–August 1982[1][2]
ProducerPeter Walsh
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New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
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Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
Sparkle in the Rain

New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish 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.


New Gold Dream originated in Simple Minds' unexpected popular and commercial success during an Australian tour with Icehouse, following the release of Sons and Fascination. The band was prompted by this experience to write "Promised You a Miracle" upon their return to Europe.[4]

In a 2012 interview, singer Jim Kerr recalled the production of the album as a wonderful time during the late spring and early summer of 1982 in which "everything we tried worked", adding: "There were no arguments. We were in love with what we were doing, playing it, listening to it. You don't get many periods in your life when it all goes your way."[4]

The album was recorded over a five-month period at Rockfield Studio, The Townhouse and Oxford Manor, with pre-production at The Old Mill in Fife. During a short tour rehearsal in January 1982, the band wrote what would become the songs "King Is White and In the Crowd", "Hunter and the Hunted" and "Promised You a Miracle". The latter song proved pivotal to the musical direction of the album. "Promised You a Miracle" was unveiled in a Kid Jensen session for Radio 1 and released as a single in April 1982.[5]

For the recording of the album producer Peter Walsh was recruited on the recommendation of guitarist Charlie Burchill, who had been impressed by Walsh's work on the remix of the band's previous single "Sweat in Bullet". During the recording sessions it became evident that the band's drummer Mike Ogletree didn't hit the mark. Walsh decided to recruit session drummer Mel Gaynor to play on the album and, following Ogletree's departure, Gaynor became a full-time member of the band.[5]

Jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock guested on the album and plays a synthesizer solo on the song "Hunter and the Hunted".[5]


Released in September 1982, the album made number 3 in the UK Albums Chart.[6] In the US, A&M issued some limited-edition translucent gold with maroon-colored marble vinyl pressings of the album.[7]

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.

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 Volume 2 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.

2016 box set[edit]

In 2016, Virgin Records issued a six-disc deluxe box set including the original album, single versions, alternative takes and demos, b-sides, 1982 radio sessions and a DVD with the 2005 5.1 mix of the album and performances on Top of the Pops. Virgin also reissued the album as a digital download, a two-CD set, a single CD and a vinyl LP.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[8]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[9]
The Great Rock Discography8/10[10]
Mojo4/5 stars[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Record Collector5/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[14]
Smash Hits8/10[15]
Uncut5/5 stars[16]
The Village VoiceC+[17]

The album received several positive reviews. In NME, Paul Morley wrote: "My loyalty towards Simple Minds is known to be considerable, yet even I am jarred by the constant beauty of this music. New Gold Dream robs me of my breath."[5]

Journalist David Stubbs has placed New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) alongside ABC's The Lexicon of Love and The Associates' Sulk, a group of albums he has described as the "zenith" of pop music.[4] In a 2016 review in Record Collector, journalist Tom Byford wrote: "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) stands shining and singular in the Simple Minds canon... Now it not only takes its place among the greatest future-pop albums of the 80s (Dare, The Lexicon Of Love), it sits comfortably among the greatest pop albums of all time."[13]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[18]

When creating their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, the Irish rock band U2 saw New Gold Dream as an influence.[19]

"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."[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Simple Minds (Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Jim Kerr, Michael MacNeil); except where noted.

Side A
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
6."New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)"5:39
7."Glittering Prize"4:33
8."Hunter and the Hunted"5:55
9."King is White and in the Crowd"7:00
  • The 'deluxe edition' of New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) comprises disc 1 (The Original Album) and disc 2 (Extended Versions).
  • The 'super deluxe edition' of New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) comprises all 6 discs.


Simple Minds

Additional musicians


Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[21] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22] 31
New Zealand (RIANZ)[23] 2
UK (OCC)[24] 3
Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 21
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[27] 65
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 47
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[29] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 47


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[33] Gold 100,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Platinum 300,000^

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


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