Sparkle in the Rain

Release date
7 Jan 2003
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Up On the Catwalk 4:06 32,633
2 Book of Brilliant Things 4:21 13,179
3 Speed Your Love To Me 4:25 37,539
4 Waterfront 4:43 67,452
5 East At Easter 3:32 12,099
6 Street Hassle 5:15 7,387
7 White Hot Day 4:33 7,229
8 ''C'' Moon Cry Like a Baby 4:21 1,469
9 The Kick Inside of Me 4:50 7,165
10 Shake Off the Ghosts 3:59 7,111

About this album

Sparkle In The Rain, Simple Minds’ US breakthrough album, was released on February 6, 1984. The single “Waterfront,” which reached number one in a few European countries, remains one of the band’s signature songs to this day, as well as “Speed Your Love to Me” and “Up on the Catwalk”. The album also contains a cover version of Lou Reed’s song “Street Hassle”.

Sparkle in the Rain was produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also produced U2’s first three records, it’s an aggressive, rock-oriented album in much the same vein as U2’s War. U2 frontman Bono was quoted in the official Simple Minds biography The Race is the Prize as saying the “glorious noise” sound and feeling achieved on the Simple Minds album was one to which his band aspired. The eventual result of this shift in musical direction gave rise to hugely successful singles like “Waterfront”, which hit number one in a few European countries and remains one of the band’s signature songs to this day, as well as “Speed Your Love to Me” and “Up on the Catwalk.”

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  • porcelain_tree

    Huge music

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mutinyonark

    their best album, followed by new gold dream. seminal new wave, hinted at the magnitude of success 'once upon a time' would bring them

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Frumblegore

    Such an incredible album! I listened to it when my 11th grade music class went to Chicago, and ever since then, "Sparkle in the Rain" has been my big-city-album.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • wendell3

    This is an awesome album which feels POWERFUL. Both production and songwriting are fantastic.

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    @victorg: Yep, that was just about it from the Minds.

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • victorg

    unfortunately their turning point. Sparkle in the Rain is the climax.

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • eeholland

    their best by some distance - waterfront is pure class!

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Pepper02

    Das zweitbeste Album nach Newe Gold Dream.

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • vangraven

    The best album of SM, great great songs.

    17 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Panzerwarschau

    Old, good work :)

    5 Apr 2008 Reply

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