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On January 15, 2016.

On January 15, 2016, “Kscope” label released “Confessions of a Romance Novelist”, the debut Anchoress aka Catherine Anne Davies album. It was recorded in 2015, and was produced by Catherine Anne Davies and Paul Draper. The album won HMV’s “Welsh Album of the Year”, “Best Newcomer” at the PROG awards.


  • Catherine Anne Davies – vocals, piano, guitar, flute, omnichord, mellotron, wurlitzer, glockenspiel, celeste, sampling church bells, orchestra of typewriters
  • Paul Draper – vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Catherine Anne Davies, except where noted.

  1. Long Year
  2. What Goes Around
  3. Doesn’t Kill You
  4. You and Only You
  5. One for Sorrow
  6. S. Fuck You
  7. Popular
  8. Bury Me
  9. Intermission (Notes to the Editor)
  10. Waiting to Breathe
  11. Chip on Your Shoulder
  12. Confessions of a Romance Novelist
  13. Rivers of Ice – Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Iain Maclachlan


On November 11, 2016.

On November 11, 2016, “Caroline International” label released “Acoustic”, the seventeenth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in 2016, at “Gorbals Studio” in Glasgow, Scotland, and was produced by Gavin Goldberg and Andy Wright. The album features  acoustic studio recordings of previously released songs.


  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Gordy Goudie – guitar, harmonica, arranger
  • Lewis Chapman – percussion, programming
  • Charlie Burchill – guitar, accordion, arranger, programming
  • Ged Grimes – bass, background vocals
  • Cherisse Osei – percussion
  • KT Tunstall – vocal
  • Sarah Brown – background vocals
  • Gavin Goldberg – programming, engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Crouch – art direction, design
  • Ruth Rowland – hand lettering
  • Paul Cox, Paul Khera, Eric Misko, Alan Wild – photography

Track listing:

  1. The American
  2. Promised You a Miracle
  3. Glittering Prize
  4. See the Lights
  5. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
  6. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
  7. Waterfront
  8. Sanctify Yourself
  9. Chelsea Girl
  10. Alive and Kicking
  11. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  12. Long Black Train


In November 1979.

In November 1979, “Zoom” label released “Real to Real Cacophony”, the second Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in September 1979, at “Rockfield Studios” in Monmouth, Wales, and was produced by John Leckie.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charles Burchill– guitar, violin, saxophone
  • Derek Forbes– bass guitar
  • Brian McGee– drums, percussion
  • Michael MacNeil– keyboards
  • John Leckie – arrangements, recording, mixing
  • Graphyk – sleeve graphics
  • Sheila Rock, Trevor Rodgers – sleeve photography
  • Paul Henry – sleeve packaging
  • Mariella Sometimes – tape operation

Track listing:

All lyrics by Jim Kerr; all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee and Mick MacNeil.

  1. Real to Real
  2. Naked Eye
  3. Citizen (Dance of Youth)
  4. Carnival (Shelter in a Suitcase)
  5. Factory
  6. Cacophony
  7. Veldt
  8. Premonition
  9. Changeling
  10. Film Theme
  11. Calling Your Name
  12. Scar

In August 1981.

In August 1981, “Virgin” label released “Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call”, the fourth Simple Minds album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by Steve Hillage. “Sons and Fascination”  and “Sister Feelings Call” were two separate albums, assembled from the same sessions and released at the same time and, in some instances, sold as a double-LP set.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– guitars
  • Mick MacNeil– keyboards
  • Derek Forbes– basses
  • Brian McGee– drums
  • Ken Lockie
  • Jaqui

Track listing:

Sons and Fascination

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee.

  1. In Trance as Mission
  2. Sweat in Bullet
  3. 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall
  4. Boys From Brazil
  5. Love Song
  6. This Earth That You Walk Upon
  7. Sons and Fascination
  8. Seeing out the Angel

Sister Feelings Call

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee.

  1. Theme for Great Cities
  2. The American
  3. 20th Century Promised Land
  4. Wonderful in Young Life
  5. League of Nations
  6. Careful in Career
  7. Sound in 70 Cities” (Dub mix of “70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall”)

On September 12, 1980.


On September 12, 1980, “Arista” label released “Empires and Dance”, the third Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in 1980, and was produced by John Leckie.


  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– guitar, saxophone
  • Derek Forbes– bass guitar, fretless bass guitar
  • Mick MacNeil– keyboards
  • Brian McGee– drums
  • John Leckie–  engineer
  • Simon Heyworth – mastering
  • Hugh Jones- engineer
  • Coward – photography
  • Ruetz – photography

Track listing:

All lyrics by Jim Kerr; all by Simple Minds.

  1. I Travel
  2. Today I Died Again
  3. Celebrate
  4. This Fear of Gods
  5. Capital City
  6. Constantinople Line
  7. Twist/Run/Repulsion
  8. Thirty Frames a Second
  9. Kant-Kino
  10. Room

On May 19, 1986.

Peter_Gabriel - So

On May 19, 1986, “Charisma” label released “So”, the fifth Peter Gabriel album. It was recorded February – December 1985, at “Ashcombe House” in Bath, and was produced by Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois. “So” was certified 3 x Platinum in UK by the “BPI’ and 5 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 187 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Peter Gabriel– lead and backing vocals, Fairlight CMI, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5  piano, Linn LM-1, synthesizer, percussion, Yamaha CS-80, LinnDrum , Synclavier
  • Tony Levin– bass guitar , drumstick bass guitar
  • David Rhodes– guitar, backing vocals
  • Jerry Marotta– drums, drumstick bass guitar
  • Manu Katché– drums, percussion, talking drum
  • Chris Hughes– Linn Drum programming
  • Stewart Copeland– hi-hat, drums
  • Daniel Lanois– guitar, tambourine, surf guitar, 12-string guitar
  • Wayne Jackson– trumpet, cornet
  • Mark Rivera– tenor saxophone processed saxophone,  alto and baritone saxophone
  • Don Mikkelsen –trombone
  • P. Arnold– backing vocals
  • Coral Gordon – backing vocals
  • Dee Lewis – backing vocals
  • Richard Tee– piano
  • Simon Clark –Yamaha CS-80 chorus effect, Hammond, Fairlight CMI and bass
  • Kate Bush– vocals
  • Shankar– violin
  • Larry Klein– bass guitar
  • Youssou N’Dour– vocals
  • Michael Been– backing vocals
  • Jim Kerr– backing vocals
  • Ronnie Bright– bass vocals
  • Jimmy Bralower – Linn Drum kick
  • Bill Laswell– bass guitar
  • Nile Rodgers– guitar
  • Laurie Anderson– vocals
  • Djalma Correa –surdo, congas and triangle

Track lsiting:

All tracks by Peter Gabriel, except where noted.

  1. Red Rain
  2. Sledgehammer
  3. Don’t Give Up
  4. That Voice Adain – Peter Gabriel, David Rhodes
  5. In Your Eyes
  6. Mercy Street
  7. Big Time
  8. We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)
  9. This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)



On May 8, 1989.

Street Fighting

On May 8, 1989, “A&M” label released “Street Fighting Years”, the eighth Simple Minds album. It was recorded March 1988 – March 1989, and was produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– acoustic & electric guitars
  • Mick MacNeil– piano, accordion, keyboards
  • John Giblin– fretted and fretless bass guitar
  • Stephen Lipson– bass guitar
  • Mel Gaynor– drums
  • Manu Katché– drums
  • Stewart Copeland- drums
  • Lou Reed– vocals
  • Lisa Germano– violin
  • Lorna Bannon – backing vocals
  • Maureen Kerr – penny whistle, bodhran
  • Sidney Thiam, Abdul M’boup, Leroy Williams – percussion
  • William Lithgow, Sheena McKenzie – cellos
  • Roger Sharp – bagpipes
  • John Altman– orchestral arrangements
  • Dougie Cowan – technical master
  • Robin Hancock – engineer
  • Guido Harari – photography
  • Simon Heyworth – mastering
  • Paul Kerr – logistics
  • Stephen Lewis – talking
  • Bob Ludwig– mastering
  • Heff Moraes – engineer
  • Martin Plant – assistant engineer
  • Steve Ralbovsky – talking
  • Willie P. Richardson – talking
  • Danton Supple – assistant engineer
  • Jane Ventom – coordination
  • Gary Wathen – talking

Track listing:

All tracks by Simple Minds except where noted.

  1. Street Fighting Years
  2. Soul Crying Out
  3. Wall of Love
  4. This is Your Land
  5. Take a Step Back
  6. Kick it In
  7. Let It All Come Down – Simple Minds, John Giblin
  8. Mandela Day
  9. Belfast Child – traditional, Simple Minds
  10. Biko – Peter Gabriel


On April 1, 1979.

Life in a Day

On April 1, 1979, “Zoom” label released “Life in a Day”, the debut Simple Minds album. It was recorded December 1978 – January 1979, at “Rolling Stones Mobile”, “Abbey Road Studios”,”Townhouse” in London, and was produced by John Leckie.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charles Burchill– guitar, violin, vocals
  • Derek Forbes– bass, vocals
  • Brian McGee– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Michael MacNeil– keyboards, vocals

Track listing:

All lyrics by Jim Kerr, all music by Charles Burchill and Jim Kerr.

  1. Someone
  2. Life in a Day
  3. Sad Affair
  4. All for You
  5. Pleasantly Disturbed
  6. No Cure
  7. Chelsea Girl
  8. Wasteland
  9. Destiny
  10. Murder Story


On February 7, 1995.

Simple Minds-Goodnews

On February 7, 1995, “Virgin” label released “Good News from the Next World” the tenth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded in 1994, at “Bonnie Wee Studios” in Scotland. “Windmill Lane” in Dublin,  “Westlake & Track Records” in Los Angeles and was produced by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Keith Forsey.


  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Charlie Burchill – guitars, keyboards
  • Mark Browne,Malcolm Foster, Marcus Miller, Lance Morrison – bass
  • Mark Schulman, Tal Bergman, Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
  • Stefani Spruill, Pat Hodges, Maxann Lewis, Julia Walters – backing vocals
  • Stylorouge – design, art direction
  • David Scheinmann – band photography
  • Rob O’Conner, Stuart MacKenzie – textual photography

Track listing:

.All tracks by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

  1. She’s a River
  2. Night Music
  3. Hypnotised
  4. Great Leap Forward
  5. 7 Deadly Sins
  6. And the Band Played On
  7. My Life
  8. Criminal World
  9. This Time

On February 6, 1984.

Simple_minds-Sparkle in the Rain

On February 6, 1984, “Virgin” label released “Sparkle in the Rain”, the sixth Simple Minds studio album. It was recorded September – October 1983, at “Monnow Valley Studio” in Rockfield, and “The Town House” in London, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in the UK by the “BPI.


  • Jim Kerr– vocals
  • Charlie Burchill– acoustic and electric guitars
  • Derek Forbes– bass, vocals
  • Mel Gaynor– drums, vocals
  • Mick MacNeil– keyboards, vocals
  • Kirsty MacColl– voice

Track listing:

All tracks by Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Mel Gaynor and Mick MacNeil, except where noted..

  1. Up on the Catwalk
  2. Book of Brilliant Things
  3. Speed Your Love to Me
  4. Waterfront
  5. East at Easter
  6. Street Hassle
  7. White Hot Day
  8. ‘C’ Moon Cry Like a Baby
  9. The Kick Inside of Me
  10. Shake Off the Ghosts