Simple Minds New Gold Dream: 81-82-83-84 Half-Speed Mastered 180g LP
180g Vinyl LP! Half-Speed Mastered by Miles Showell
at Abbey Road Studios!
Includes "New Gold Dream" & "Promised You A Miracle!"
New Gold Dream is the fifth album by the celebrated Caledonian rockers. Released
in 1982, it is widely considered to be a turning point for the band, a bridge
between their post punk roots and stadium-filling destiny, and gathered enormous
critical acclaim as well as impressive sales. Listed in the estimable tome ‘1001
Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ New Gold Dream was a discernible move
toward a more a commercial sound and it entered the UK chart at number 3,
yielding the hit singles Promised You a Miracle and Glittering Prize.
The latter track and the synth-heavy Someone Somewhere in Summertime in
particular represented a shift towards undisguised pop and it’s also worth
noting that Hunter and Hunted features a solo by Jazz keyboardist Herbie
Hancock, a rare distinction for any rock/pop album.
"Every band or artist with a history has an album that's their holy grail,"
remarked lead singer 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.”
The artwork caused quite stir due to its religious imagery, so much so that on
the version released in Yugoslavia, the cross was removed. Jim Kerr reflected "[During
the writing of the album] we often went for walks. Around Perth you find a lot
of Celtic crosses, crosses that seem to spring up from the earth. We thought it
was a very powerful symbol. They were in the ground which produced the water we
drank, so why not?"
This record was cut using a special technique known as half-speed mastering.
This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response
(treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality
master that helps to create a very high quality record.
• 180g Vinyl
• Half-Speed Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios
1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
3. Promised You A Miracle
4. Big Sleep
5. Somebody Up There Likes You
1. New Gold Dream
2. Gilttering Prize
3. Hunter And The Hunted
4. King Is White And In The Crowd