Real to Real Cacophony

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Real to Real Cacophony
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released November 1979
Recorded September 1979
Studio Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales
Length 40:46
Label Zoom, Arista
Producer John Leckie
Simple Minds chronology
Life in a Day
Real to Real Cacophony
Empires and Dance
Singles from Real to Real Cacophony
  1. "Changeling"
    Released: November 1980

Real to Real Cacophony (sometimes incorrectly referred as Reel to Real Cacophony) is the second studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was released in November 1979, through record labels Zoom and Arista.

Release and reception[edit]

Real to Real Cacophony did not chart, nor did its only single, "Changeling".

The 2002/2003 re-issues by Virgin Records incorrectly render the album's title as Reel to Real Cacophony, and the opening track as "Reel to Real". The new spelling also appears in the discography section of all the inlays in the 2002/2003 Simple Minds remastered edition series. Subsequent editions render the title of both the album and track correctly.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Monthly favourable[3]
Smash Hits 8/10[4]
Sounds favourable[5]
Trouser Press mixed[6]

Real to Real Cacophony has been generally well received by critics. AllMusic praised the album, describing it as "where Simple Minds ventured beyond the ability to mimic their influences and began to manipulate them, mercilessly pushing them around and shaping them into funny objects the way a child transforms a chunk of Play-Doh from an indefinable chunk of nothing into a definable chunk of something", calling it "an achievement that's on a plane with other 1979 post-punk landmarks like Metal Box, 154, Entertainment! and Unknown Pleasures".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jim Kerr; all music composed by Simple Minds (Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee, Mick MacNeil).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Real to Real" 2:47
2. "Naked Eye" 2:21
3. "Citizen (Dance of Youth)" 2:53
4. "Carnival (Shelter in a Suitcase)" 2:49
5. "Factory" 4:13
6. "Cacophony" 1:40
7. "Veldt" 3:20
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Premonition" 5:29
2. "Changeling" 4:11
3. "Film Theme" 2:27
4. "Calling Your Name" 5:05
5. "Scar" 3:31


Simple Minds


  • John Leckie – arrangements, recording, mixing
  • Graphyk – sleeve graphics
  • Sheila Rock – sleeve photography
  • Trevor Rodgers – sleeve photography
  • Paul Henry – sleeve packaging
  • Mariella Sometimes – tape operation


  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "Real to Real Cacophony – Simple Minds : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Simple Minds". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Simple Minds 'Real to Real Cacophony' Articles & Reviews". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Starr, Red (13–26 December 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 29. 
  5. ^ Gill, John (1 December 1979). "[Real to Real Cacophony review]". Sounds. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Schlosberg, Karen; Robbins, Ira. " :: Simple Minds". Retrieved May 12, 2016. 

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