Street Fighting Years

Street Fighting Years

by Simple Minds


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Their first proper new release since the commercial breakthrough of Once Upon a Time (a live album intervened) and Simple Minds makes a decidedly, noncommercial follow-up. Street Fighting Years is a moody, dark affair. The music is yearning and most of the songs are politically charged lyrically. It was a move that could (and did) bring commercial failure. However, Street Fighting Years is an artistic and elegant album that might lack immediate choruses but draws in the listener. The title track takes some dramatic turns that give the gentle melody added thrust. "Take a Step Back" pulsates and "Wall of Love" rocks with conviction. Slower tracks like the brooding "Let It All Come Down" and a spirited run through the traditional "Belfast Child" are well done. Other noteworthy tracks include a version of the Peter Gabriel classic "Biko" and the soaring "Mandela Day." It might not have satisfied the band's newly won fans, but Street Fighting Years is an interesting, enjoyable album with some truly lovely moments.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724381302125
catalogNumber: 13021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simple Minds   Primary Artist
Lou Reed   Vocals
Lisa Germano   Violin
Lorna Bannon   Background Vocals
Charlie Burchill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mel Gaynor   Drums
John Giblin   Bass Guitar
Manu Katché   Drums
Jim Kerr   Vocals
Abdou M'Boup   Percussion
Mick MacNeil   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Sydney Thiam   Percussion
Leroy Williams   Percussion
Maureen Kerr   Penny Whistle,Bodhran
William Lithgow   Cello
Sheena McKenzie   Cello
Steve Ralbovsky   Talking
Roger Sharp   Bagpipes
Gary Wathen   Talking
Willie P. Richardson   Talking
Stephen Lewis   Talking
Stephen Lipson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Stewart Copeland   Contributor
Simple Minds   Composer
John Altman   Orchestral Arrangements
Robin Hancock   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Steve Ralbovsky   Contributor
Gary Wathen   Contributor
Willie P. Richardson   Contributor
Dougie Cowan   Technical Master
Paul Kerr   Logistics
Ying Ho Au Yeung   Contributor
Stephen Lewis   Contributor
Stephen Lipson   Producer

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