Immortal IMA 104264
Double CD in double glossy digipak.
8/10 (31st October 1995)
"The mighty, veteran rock band Simple Minds in Paris, returning to rousing,
arena-rock form for a huge, enthusiastic Paris crowd."
"The new album was Good News From The Next World -
bringing Simple Minds immense success with powerful songs like
She's A River,
Great Leap Forward all heard here. Vocalist
Jim Kerr with long-term musical partner guitarist
Charlie Burchill, supported by a crew of the hardest-driving players
in rock, brings to those and other numbers all the tireless passion and vocal intensity fans have come to
expect from Simple Minds."
"Yet the band's breakout 1980's days are hardly forgotten in this concert. Propulsive,
sophisticated, keyboard-driven arrangements of favourites from
See The Lights to
Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) to
Love Song to
Belfast Child - along with an irresisible sing-along on
Don't You (Forget About Me) - bring out the best in
the band and drive the crowd into a frenzy."
The show at the L'Olympia on the 31st October 1995
was filmed and broadcast on German TV. There were also
plans for an official release but this idea was eventually dropped. However, the legal status of the performance
fell into a grey area, and was picked up by Immortal who seems to specialise in these semi-official
A CD and DVD were simultanously released in April 2012 by the label. Both were well packaged (despite a
stock shot of Jim from the
first Mandela Day show adorning
the front cover) and featured
a short essay about the band and concert by William Hogeland. The audio quality is good
which is to be expected as it came from an official broadcast.
The band and their official website ignored the release despite it being available through mainstream
retailers. Therefore it never gained official sanction and is considered a bootleg.