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THIS IS YOUR LAND:SIMPLE MINDS

Neil Young - one of our music heroes - reckons “For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it,” he said. “You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.”
Simple Minds were definitely in a good place when we decided to create a studio/work place almost on the banks of Loch Earn. So much good work came out of that place, during the years that we spent there. Do we ever hanker to return? Well, it is always difficult when you try to turn the clock back. But I do go walking and hiking in that area at least a few times each year. It is still as blissful and I still agree with Neil Young's sentiment.... 100% JK

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www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/neil-young-comes-clean.html?_r=0

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THIS IS YOUR LAND:SIMPLE MINDS

Neil Young - one of our music heroes - reckons “For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it,” he said. “You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.”
Simple Minds were definitely in a good place when we decided to create a studio/work place almost on the banks of Loch Earn. So much good work came out of that place, during the years that we spent there. Do we ever hanker to return? Well, it is always difficult when you try to turn the clock back. But I do go walking and hiking in that area at least a few times each year. It is still as blissful and I still agree with Neil Youngs sentiment.... 100% JK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqpAY2OBJzc

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/neil-young-comes-clean.html?_r=0

pic Lewis McKenzie

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Beatrice DielleWhen I first arrived from London to Edinburgh (there were no direct flights from Italy, at the time, I took a train), there was "This Is Your Land" in my walkman. A thrill went down my spine as I saw the town, wet of rain but shining under the last sunrays. And I started crying. Too much beauty.in my eyes, heart and ears. That is my land, it's the way it was planned.

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Marcus SutherlandWe used to go up to St fillins with the boat in the hope of seeing you and the boys ......without luck! Stunning place to be

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Graham WalkerNot far from me. Stunning scenery and holds great personal memories having evening summer BBQs with the kids on the shore of the loch. Happy days! This is your land indeed! Thanks for that JK

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Lawrence LoweLove the picture and also love the song. There is certainly a gentleness and crispness about the album and this song has always been a favourite. Jims voice is do easy to the ear and natural. Obviously there are many places in the UK that have beautiful scenery, but not often that crispness in the air that you get in the Highlands of Scotland. I worked in Aviemore when in college and honestly never saw cattle like that until I travelled up there. They certainly love the cold lol. Must say - soul crying out sounds fantastic and gives a feeling of being in the cold blustery air

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Flori Baxeras FrigolaMmmm ... is so beautiful..."This Is Your Land"..... that can be heard even a whisper of your voice accompanied by Jim and Charlie's guitar, a true acoustic to dream, ahhh....and I almost forgot cute video filmed in Almeria Spain, that is the best....

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Anne TurnerWe live north of London...far from Loch Earn but that doesn't stop us from travelling to St fillians and Lochearnhead to enjoy the beauty of the area. It was an enjoyable day when we walked round Loch Earn a couple of years ago....time to go back! X

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Adriana Mussolinapart from those historical songs I do not know much of his production I admit but I know for sure that he is legend and he is especially for you. Now I'm at work the article is a bit long I can not read it all, but I will do it this evening. He was right in his words. And only in a special place that a wonderful song like This is your land (to which I have no other words BUT capolavoro!)! could be born….I will never forget that into that magical theatre in Nottingham you took my hand and we sang the refrain toghether Jim, i will thank you forever for that moment. Adri.

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Paul CullenI was up there fishing with my Dads mates and family just around the time it had been finished "Bonnie wee Studios" had a wee walk round about the grounds JK it's very tranquil peaceful and in our hectic lifestyle it's great to get back to mother nature .Scotland has beautiful scenery and as a boy loved the Tom.Weir shows about Scotlands countryside and it's islands "Weirs Way " loved that show love any show promoting our Land .As a singer and a songwriter it must be hard not to pen about purple white heather and grouse deer whiskey Rowling hills weather who keeps you on the straight n narrow without writing too much about shortbread tins lol ....This is your Land and see the light captures many aspects of Scotland and other countries hope the book is near completion and the album and with a bit of luck and the grace of God see yous on tour next year

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Suz ThomsonThat is a stunning picture. This is our land. Often stop off at St Fillans for our coffee break on the way to Oban. Perthshire (our home) is definately the most beautiful.

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Danny WilmothI drove to the barrier at Bonnie Wee Studio lol The drum kit and gear was all set up and there were cars at the house I never had the gumption to lift the barrier back then didn't want to disturb you Wish I had as it was great being so close

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Mariella TabbitaSono stata in Scozia 2 volte, dicono che l'Italia è il paese più bello del mondo e forse è vero, ma non c'è la magia che ho vissuto da voi! Io amo la Scozia e ci tornero'altre mille volte! Belle le mucche bionde!

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Véronique LagneauxJust coming back from a week in Scotland. The country is so magnificent, people are friendly and proud. I belong to this land now with my heard and my soul even if I am born elsewhere

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Sara FieldI love these fluffy beasties, except when they walk right next to your hire car. Luckily no damage but what an awesome experience to have when visiting Scotland.

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Flori Baxeras FrigolaThanks Jim, for this excellent article by Neil Young, I share with you this lovely song, it's true his songs have the scent of nature and inspire beautiful thoughts... www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2MtEsrcTTs&list=PLvdVG7oER2eFutjd4xl3TGNDui9ELvY4D

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Tracy DrenicHave lots of places that we want to see in Scotland, quite like the idea of a campervan tour round for a few weeks to take in the stunning scenery, hopefully Loch Earn being one of them. The little bit of Scotland I have seen so far is so beautiful as is Sicily too, JK. Enjoy the peace and tranquility!

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Kristof Duronin 1996, i've been to this bonnie place called loch earn. as a photographer, i confirm the creative juice is good. see there. pic © Duron

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Lucía Hernández de Miguel'Hey, Hey, MY, MY'...are those Young's words I often reply to someone who has come up with ONLY his stubborness. I know my following words could be taken as a rocking lullaby, but I think THE PROPER SONG for picturing Loch Earn could have been 'SEE THE LIGHTS'... TIMELESS and EPIC...however it didn't make to #1. 'There's more to the picture, that meets the eye...' and I've noticed some old Spain depicted in your vid remembers of that Spandau Ballet's GOLD. K.I.S.S., guys. B+A <3 :)

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John DeggOff to Edradour distillery in October while I'm visiting Coupar Angus

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Ally LouiseHarvest is still one of my favourite albums. Old man look at my life.... Love the photo. Love your hearing your memories x

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Kath ChamberlainLovely Scotland - great place to inspire you. I'm waiting for dates next year to give me a good excuse to discover new places.....💚

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Kenneth MacdonaldIt's the first song that comes into my head every time I fly home to Scotland. There's no other feeling like it.

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Maryline IzoardIl y a plus que sur facebook que je peux te parler. Mes derniers mots pour toi sont je t'aime James

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Maryline IzoardUn ange est passé Il suffisait de le masturber de le faire rêver d'amour et de le laisser mourir après. Tu peux feliciter ta soeur elle sait aimer.

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Cameron CoadyRediscovering SFY in the car lately. Every time I hear Soul Crying out, I hear new nuances in it.

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Craig KirkwoodBonny wee studio 😊

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ALLAN Mc NEIL.

Both Charlie Burchill and I were saddened to hear about the recent passing of our former school friend and ex band mate Allan McNeil.
It may have been very many years since I last met Allan, however the memories of him both as a classmate - and as one of the original Johnny And The Self Abusers - remain absolutely vivid. (see pic)

It is possible that it was Allan who initially encouraged us to join him and his friends in what was to become the infamous Glasgow punk group. In doing so he without doubt set us on a path that 6 months later led to the formation of Simple Minds. For that alone we owe Allan much for his involvement in our still on going career.

As for Allan, among other things he went on to have some prominence within the Scottish music scene - particularly in discovering and managing the classy and successful Hue And Cry.

Today however our thoughts are less about ourselves and much more about Allan and the friends and family that he leaves behind. JK
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ALLAN Mc NEIL.

Both Charlie Burchill and I were saddened to hear about the recent passing of our former school friend and ex band mate Allan McNeil.
It may have been very many years since I last met Allan, however the memories of him both as a classmate - and as one of the original Johnny And The Self Abusers - remain absolutely vivid. (see pic)

It is possible that it was Allan who initially encouraged us to join him and his friends in what was to become the infamous Glasgow punk group. In doing so he without doubt set us on a path that 6 months later led to the formation of Simple Minds. For that alone we owe Allan much for his involvement in our still on going career. 

As for Allan, among other things he went on to have some prominence within the Scottish music scene - particularly in discovering and managing the classy and successful Hue And Cry.

Today however our thoughts are less about ourselves and much more about Allan and the friends and family that he leaves behind. JK

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Shirley McGeeI am so sad to hear this news ,,, my thoughts are with his family at this time ,, a great friend from school during the band days ,great memory's good chats ,I had last seen Alan three years ago we had a great catch up then of all our antics during our early years !!! Rip xx❤️

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Diego D. Loopnot to forget the Allan played also rhyhtm guitar on the first version of "Wasteland" and in obscure Simple Minds tracks like "Pablo Picasso" or "18-18". He was also, if I'm not wrong, in the first incarnation of Cuban Heels together with John Milarky (even though he never recorded with this band). Sad news however...

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Paul PriceRip Alan .it's been a bad year . lots of musicians passing away.even may friend who died last month.was a massive simple minds fan . condolences to you all

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Adriana Mussolina piece of your history Minds which i didn't know...another piece has gone....one part of you of your life of your career...he deserves our our honors and my big hugs go to you Jim to Charlie to Brian and to all your mates who met him and worked with him. Adri

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Kath ChamberlainThat's sad news of Allan passing away far too young. He was obviously a good judge of talent spotting you & Charlie , and Hue & Cry were fab when I saw them in August. Another great loss to the world of music. 💚

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Michelle TaylorRiP allan...how sad to hear this. I hate this yr.nothing but death and hurt. As my friend found out on her 50th. Her boyfriend proposed last sat then collapsed late that night and died yesterday..that fast in the blink of an eye all changed..live life, love life, and be thankfull to have a full life...another to join the greats lost this yr..x

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Catherine AshcroftLovely words and a great eye for talent, hue and cry are one of scotlands greatest musical exports, so allan must have had a great eye (and ear) for potential stardom, r.i.p allan

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LA McnHe was an amazing man and an amazing dad. 💛 Thanks for you're post, it means a lot to all of us. We had a listen to Pablo Picasso two or three weeks ago...

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Alan FergusonSad news. An integral part of the history of Simple Minds.

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Maureen McDonald2016 what's going on? x condolences.. We all remember happier days. x

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Sheila ForbesHe was a real character of high intelligence but most of all a good friend to John and me..RIP Alan.x E

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Flori Baxeras FrigolaJim sad news, my condolences to you and Charlie, ex members of the Band, his family and friends xx

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Jade WoolgarAwwh, such a shame... hopefully 2017 will bring some joy.. Sending love to his family and to everyone who knew him xxx

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Philip William AdamsRIP - many people will have cause to thank Allan McNeil for that invitation extended to CB & yourself.

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Tracy DrenicKind words Jim x, condolences to you and Charlie and his family and friends. RIP Allan McNeil.

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Emily DavidIm sorry hear this sad news..my deepest condolences to you, Charlie and the rest of his family...

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Marlene ColangeloSo sorry for you and Charlie and all your other friends who were touched by him. 💖

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Dave HobbinsCondolences to his family friends and former bandmates RIP.

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Ged MaloneMy year at Holyrood have fond memories of Allan. R.I.P

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Ricardo Benavente MartinRest In Peace

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Carol RossRIP Allan 🙏🏻

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Lisa MoranRest easy Alan ❤

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Larelle Priptona ReadVery sad news. Condolences to his near and dear xx

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Mirna OttoMy condolences for his family

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Trish RodgersSad loss. Condolences to all.

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‘Midnight Walking’ is directed by Roger Sargent and taken from Simple Minds latest album ‘BIG MUSIC‘ out now. Having just completed a major European and UK tour, the band are currently writing and recording their 17th Studio Album.

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