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Released: Oct. 2, 1982

Rating: 4.453 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: new wave/ alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Someone, Somewhere in Summertime
  2. Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel
  3. Promised You a Miracle
  4. Big Sleep
  5. Somebody Up There Likes You
  6. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
  7. Glittering Prize
  8. Hunter and the Hunted
  9. King Is White and in the Crowd

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 0.3


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 69
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Promised You a Miracle (4/10/82) #13 UK
  • Glittering Prize (8/28/82) #16 UK
  • Someone, Somewhere in Summertime (11/13/82) #36 UK

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Simple Minds
“One of Scotland’s finest imports, Simple Minds deliver a strong synth-reared release on New Gold Dream,” MW their fifth album. It “was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe.” WK

“This album harks the darker side of the band’s musicianship, and such material alludes to their forthcoming pop-stadium sound which hurled them into rock mainstream during the latter part of the ‘80s. They were still honing their artistic rowdiness, and Kerr’s pursuing vocals were still hiding. But Simple Minds’ skill of tapping into internal emotion is profound on songs such as Someone, Somewhere in Summertime and the album’s title track. But the dance-oriented tracks like Promised You a Miracle and Glittering Prize are lushly layered in deep electronic beats – it was only a matter of time for Simple Minds to expound upon such musical creativity which made them a household favorite through the 1980s.” MW

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next album: Sparkle in the Rain (1984)

Promised You a Miracle (video)

Glittering Prize (video)

Someone, Somewhere in Summertime (video)

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Last updated July 9, 2010.