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
Genre New wave
Length 44:59
Label Virgin Records
Producer Peter Walsh
Simple Minds chronology
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Sparkle in the Rain
Simple Minds studio albums chronology
Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Sparkle in the Rain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Martin C. Strong (8/10)[2]
NME very favourable[3][4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau C+[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Smash Hits 8/10[8]
Uncut 5/5 stars[9]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[10]

New Gold Dream is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in 1982 and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. It made No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart.[11] In the US, A&M issued some limited edition gold marble vinyl pressings of the album.[citation needed]

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.

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12] An albums poll on the band's website suggests that it is regarded by many fans to be their finest work.[citation needed]

"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."[13]

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.

Track listing[edit]

LP: Virgin / V 2230 (UK)[edit]

All songs written by Simple Minds.

  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
  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
  • Also released on MC (TCV 2230) and CD (CDV 2230)
  • released in 2003 as 2.0 channel SACD (SACDV 2230)

DVDA: Virgin / DVDAV 2230 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Someone Somewhere in Summertime" – 5:22
  2. "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel" – 3:49
  3. "Promised You a Miracle" – 4:28
  4. "Big Sleep" – 5:27
  5. "Somebody Up There Likes You" – 5:45
  6. "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)" – 6:08
  7. "Glittering Prize" – 4:39
  8. "Hunter and the Hunted" – 6:09
  9. "King Is White and in the Crowd" – 7:32
  10. "In Every Heaven" 4:50
  • remixed in MLP DVD-A 5.1,DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo (except for tracks 2, and 3). Notice the difference in running times between this and the original edition.


The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • 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]


  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 970. 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ NME (18 September 1982).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Sweeting (1988), p.109
  5. ^ Q: 117. February 2004.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Simple Minds". Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Fricke, David (14 April 1983). "Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 393). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. 
  8. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (30 September – 13 October 1982): 25.
  9. ^ Uncut (November 2002): 139.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Larkin, Colin. "Review: New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)". Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music: 2002.
  11. ^ "Simple Minds". Biography. Music Scotland. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  12. ^ Dimery, Robert (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear before You Die. New York: Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-1371-3. 
  13. ^ Q March 1998
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