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2 LP

1. Street Fighting Years
2. Soul Crying Out
3. Wall of Love
1. This Is Your Land
2. Take A Step Back
3. Kick It In
1. Let It All Come Down
2. Mandela Day
3. Belfast Child
1. Biko
2. When Spirits Rise

Simple Minds‘ 1989 album Street Fighting Years
in March across various formats, including a
four-CD super deluxe edition box set.
Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson
(fresh from their work on Paul McCartney's
Flowers in the Dirt) the record ended up sounding
very different from the previous album (1985's Once
Upon A Time).
The band were initially expecting the producing duo
to deliver what Charlie Burchill describes as “their
thing” (meaning synths, sequencers etc.) but Horn and
Lipson didn't think that was the right approach, with
Trevor saying (in the excellent Daryl Easlea sleeve note
interviews) that “I don't think the Frankie thing would have
suited them. I wouldn't impose something on someone”. Jim
Kerr says “We thought Trevor and Steve would be the answer
to everything. We thought we'd hitch our wagon to them. It turned
out that they likewise thought they had taken their whole thing to a
max and thought it would be great to work with a band who could just
knock it out.”
They ended up exploring atmospheric soundscapes and
incorporating slide guitars, accordions and in general
exuding a more celtic/folk rock vibe (the album
was recorded in the Highlands of Scotland). Street
Fighting Years delivered the band's first and only
UK number one single ‘Belfast Child' (which was
the lead track on the ‘Ballad of the Streets EP).
Three further singles were all top 20 UK hits.
The four-CD box is packaged like the previous Simple
Minds super deluxe sets and comes with a hardcover
book with photos and interviews with the band
and Trevor Horn and a Simple Minds poster. It
offers a remastered version of the original album
on the first disc (by Andrew Walter), a selection
of 15 edits, B-sides and remixes on disc two
and then two CDs featuring a previously
unissued live concert from L'Arena in
Verona, Italy (recorded on 15 September
1989). Sadly, there are no demos and or a
surround sound mix of the album as part of
this offering.
There's also a two-CD deluxe with the first
two discs from the box and a 2LP vinyl
edition (the original was a single LP) which
is notable for including When Spirits Rise,
which was a CD and cassette bonus track
back in the day

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