simple_minds_x5Box setom "X5" sa prvih pet albuma grupa Simple Minds je obeležila trideset pet godina rada. Uz albume "Life In A Day", "Real To Real Cacophony", "Empires and Dance", "Sons and Fascination / Sister Feelings Call" i "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)", izdanje "X5" donosi i raritetan bonus materijal.
Bend je osnovan davne 1977. godine u Glazgovu, a 1979. su objavili prvi album ''Life In A Day''. Produkciju je uradio Džon Leki, a uz naslovnu su se izdvojile pesme ''Someone'' i ''Chelsea Girl''. Šest meseci kasnije objavili su nekonvencionalni ''Real To Real Cacophony'' za koji je većina materijala nastala u studiju, a eksperiment je iznedrio inovativniji materijal od debija. Nastavljajući sa eksperimentima, 1980. godine su pod uticajem kraut rocka i grupe Kraftwerk objavili ''Empires And Dance''. LP ''Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call'' (1981.) su radili sa producentom Stivom Hilidžom, a proslavio ga je hit ''Love Song''. ''New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84'' (1982.) je bio naslonjen na  pop muziku i osvojio je treće mesto UK top liste albuma. Uz producenta Pitera Volša su uspeli da ostvare sofisticirani pop zvuk, a izdvojile su se ''Promise You A Miracle'', ''Glittering Prize'' i ''Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime)“. U temi ''Hunter And The Hunted'' je gostovao Herbi Henkok.

Nesumnjiv je uticaj ovih pet albuma na muzičku kulturu kroz novi talas elektro scene sedamdesetih, preko dance scene osamdesetih i devedesetih.
Evo izjava koje govore tome u prilog:

“Real to Real Cacophony je tvrdi Evro disko.”  Bobby Gillespie, The Primal Scream


“Po mom mišljenju niko se još nije približio  albumima “Real To Real Cacophony”  i “Empires and Dance”.”  James Dean Bradfield, Manic Street Preachers


" Ne prođe ni sedam dana, a da  ne preslušam neki od prvih 4  ili  5   albuma Simple Minds."  Moby


“U2  su slušali “New Gold Dream”  kao glavnu referencu za svoj album  “Unforgettable Fire”,  to je bio album koji su voleli.  Ambijent tog albuma im je bio jako privlačan.”  Daniel Lanois

''X5'' box set uključuje svih pet albuma, bonus materijal (sve remasterizovano), B-strane singlova i retke i dosad neobjavljene snimke i remikse.


Tracklisting:
Disc 1: Life In A Day
Someone
Life In A Day
Sad Affair
All For You
Pleasantly Disturbed
No Cure
Chelsea Girl
Wasteland
Destiny
Murder Story
Bonus Tracks:
Special View (b-side of ‘Life In A Day’)
Garden Of Hate(b-side of ‘Chelsea Girl’)

Disc 2: Real To Real Cacophony
Real To Real
Naked Eye
Citizen (Dance Of  Youth)
Carnival (Shelter In A Suitcase)
Factory
Cacophony
Veldt
Premonition
Changeling
Film Theme
Calling Your Name
Scar
Bonus Tracks:
Kaleidoscope (‘I Travel’ bonus flexi-disc)
Film Theme Dub (‘I Travel’ bonus flexi-disc)
Premonition – Live at Hurrah’s Club, New York: 24/10/79 (b-side of ‘Changeling’ 7”)

Disc 3: Empires And Dance
I Travel
Today I Died Again
Celebrate
This Fear Of Gods
Capital City
Constantinople Line
Twist/Run/Repulsion
Thirty Frames A Second
Kant-Kino
Room
Bonus Tracks:
New Warm Skin (b-side of ‘I Travel’ 7”)
I Travel – Extended 12”
Celebrate – Extended 12”

Disc 4: Sons And Fascination
In Trance As Mission
Sweat In Bullet
70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall
Boys From Brazil
Love Song
This Earth That You Walk Upon
Sons And Fascination
Seeing Out The Angel
Bonus Tracks:
Sweat In Bullet – Extended Remix
In Trance As Mission – Live at Hammersmith Apollo, London: 25/09/81 (b-side of ‘Sweat In Bullet 12”)
This Earth That You Walk Upon – Instrumental (b-side of ‘Love Song’ 12”)

In a gatefold sleeve with:

Disc 5: Sister Feelings Call
Theme For Great Cities
The American
20th Century Promised Land
Wonderful In Young Life
League Of Nations
Careful In Career
Sound In 70 Cities
Bonus Tracks:
The American – Extended 12”
League Of Nations – Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London: 25/09/81 (b-side of ‘Sweat In Bullet’ single)

Disc 6: New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
Someone Somewhere In Summertime
Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
Promised You A Miracle
Big Sleep
Somebody Up There Likes You
New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
Glittering Prize
Hunter And The Hunted
King Is White And In The Crowd
Bonus Tracks:
Promised You A Miracle – Extended 12”
Glittering Prize 12” Club Mix
Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) – Extended 12”
Soundtrack For Every Heaven (‘Someone Somewhere In Summetime’ 12”)
New Gold Dream – German 12” Remix
In Every Heaven (New Gold Dream DVD-Audio)

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