One of the great bands to come out of the developing latter part of the ’70s is Simple Minds. Beginning with their promising Life In A Day (1979), Reel To Real Cacophony (1979), Empires And Dance (1980), and Sons And Fascination (1981), the band had slowly built up a devout fan-base. By the time of their excellent New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), released in 1982, they were well on their way to stardom. With their breakthrough album, Sparkle In the Rain (1984), they had set the stage for years to come as a solid band intent on providing their still rabid fanbase with music that was fresh (and they still do!). With the inclusion to their catalog of their non-album track, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, (not written by the band), for the popular film, The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds were at their peak.
They released Once Upon A Time in 1985, an album release that poured four high-charting singles into the public consciousness. Thaat’s a great feat for any band on any album, even if the album itself is a classic one.
On December 4, Rhino Records will reissue Once Upon A Time with a new remaster. The reissue will expand into several variations that will include standard CD, Digital Download, 180-weight LP, a 2CD Deluxe with collected radio edits, singles, b-sides, live tracks, and remixes, a BD-Audio (Blu-ray) edition with Surround Sound mixes, and a Super Deluxe 5CD/DVD set that will include another CD of bonus tracks, and the complete Live In The City Of Lights on DVD and CD. A 36-page booklet is included to make the set more attractive!
Currently, the track-listing is unavailable. When they become available, I will update.