30 Nov, 2015 Simple Minds Release Live Double Album
***This Album is currently sold out***
We are very proud to announce a special exclusive Simpleminds.com release:
Recorded during this year’s highly acclaimed ‘Big Music’ Live Tour [which continues in November], the 29 track double CD not only showcases blistering versions of the Simple Minds classics but it also includes live versions of many of the tracks from the latest hit album ‘Big Music’ along with some incredible new arrangements of songs such as ‘The American’, ‘Home’ and ‘Rivers Of Ice’. Jim had this to say:
“The set list of the Big Music Tour was gloriously ambitious. Almost theatrical in the way that it was put together. So many varying styles of music and atmospheres feature, and yet it is always inherently Simple Minds live. Simply put, it was a real pleasure to be involved.” JK
[Read more below.]
The double CD was released on November 14th 2015. A digital download version was also released.
The Double CD is available to buy here: £15.00
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To whet your appetite, watch the ‘Big Music Live’ playlist on YouTube:
We have been releasing a brand new live Simple Minds video performance every Monday on our Youtube Channel from the show filmed in Edinburgh this year.
INTERVIEW WITH JIM
Why is it important for Simple Minds to release live albums?
Simple Minds are primarily a live band and most of our career has been spent criss – crossing the globe playing literally thousands of shows. It is therefore in concert where somehow the essence and spirit of Simple Minds is at its strongest. We grew up on stage, it is our natural habitat, we feel better there than anywhere else. But it is also in the live situation where the real connection is made with our audiences – who themselves play a big part of any Simple Minds show as we feed off their energy and enthusiasm.
To document that, especially as the band still continues to evolve is indeed important to our story. But it is also interesting in that just as each Simple Minds album is different from the previous, likewise no two Simple Minds tours are the same. The best way to document all of that is to record the shows. This we do as we go along from gig to gig, in doing so we also start to create a distilled souvenir that we hope many who come to our shows value.That is what lies beyond the urge to release live material, that is why it is important.
These days many fans who go to shows make their own souvenirs and we see that all over Youtube etc as their clips and photos are posted.
Yes they do. And that is both understandable and fine. But…and there is a but….rarely does that stuff sound any good, and rarely does it capture to any full degree what the evening was really about from an overall audience point of view. The production and mixing on this release is all under the control of our live sound engineer GG, and what you hear – is what he hears, as he works with our sound in concert halls the world over. He does an amazing job of capturing what we put out, this has to be said.
How do the songs differ live from the studio recordings?
Much as we like our recorded work in general, the fact is that it is not until you take songs out and play them night after night in front of a live audience that you really find out what truly lies at the heart of a song – or indeed how good it is? Songs are honed live,they grow live also as arrangements can be more expansive, or shorter even, as they morph into some other tune altogether. Certain songs were seemingly written to be played live especially, while others might be too fragile to cope with the live bombast. Like wild horses – live is in the end where the songs are finally set free of the studio constraints. Played live is where they become powerful shots from heart, aimed directly to the front row and reaching all the way to the back of each and every venue.
How “live” is this recording – is there any additional post production work involved. Things that are added to make a more polished product?
This is 100% live without any additional recording whatsoever. This is warts and all! Nothing is diluted – this is the true sound of Simple Minds live recorded as it was on the night.
What gives you most pleasure when you listen through to these songs?
The set list of the Big Music Tour was gloriously ambitious. Almost theatrical in the way that it was put together. So many varying styles of music and atmospheres feature, and yet it is always inherently Simple Minds live. Simply put, it was a real pleasure to be involved.