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Someone Somewhere In Summertime
Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
Promised You A Miracle
Somebody Up There Likes You
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Hunter And The Hunted
King Is White And In The Crowd
New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish band Simple Minds. The album was released in September 1982 by record label Virgin, and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe.
New Gold Dream originated in Simple Minds’ unexpected popular and commercial success during an Australian tour with Icehouse following the release of Sons and Fascination. The band was prompted by this experience to write “Promised You a Miracle” upon their return to Europe.
In a 2012 interview, singer Jim Kerr recalled the production of the album as a wonderful time during the late spring and early summer of 1982 in which “everything we tried worked,” adding: “There were no arguments. We were in love with what we were doing, playing it, listening to it. You don’t get many periods in your life when it all goes your way.”
The album was recorded over a five-month period at Rockfield Studio, The Townhouse and Oxford Manor, with preproduction at The Old Mill in Fife. During a short tour rehearsal in January 1982, the band wrote what would become the songs “King Is White and in the Crowd”, “Hunter and the Hunted” and “Promised You a Miracle,” a song that proved pivotal to the musical direction of the album. It was unveiled in a Kid Jensen session for Radio 1 and released as a single in April 1982.
Producer Peter Walsh was hired on the recommendation of guitarist Charlie Burchill, who had been impressed by Walsh’s work on the remix of the band’s previous single “Sweat in Bullet.” During the recording sessions, Walsh became dissatisfied with Mike Ogletree’s drumming, so he recruited session drummer Mel Gaynor for the album. Following Ogletree’s departure, Gaynor became a full-time member of the band.
Jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock guested on the album and plays a synthesizer solo on the song “Hunter and the Hunted.”
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