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celebrate: information

  • After leaving Arista in January 1981, the band also left the rights to their first three albums to offset against their accumulated debts.

  • This single was issued by the record company to cash in on new found interest in Simple Minds, who had just completed a mini-tour of Canada and the USA, and were meant to be starting a UK tour (which got cancelled).

  • One of their rarest singles, most discographies got the track listing wrong. On paper, it looked like a small compilation of LP tracks; however, this was the only source of the extended version of the title track. Additionally, the B-side tracks were mixed together, with Changeling merged into I Travel.

  • The picture of the two wine glasses was taken by Brian Griffin, who had already amassed an impressive portfolio of pop portraits. Arista probably added the cherries to give it more colour. The image was also published in his anthology Pop which was published in 2017.



celebrate: quick reference
7"   Celebrate Zoom Arista ARIST 394
A1. Celebrate[Edit](2:53)
B1. Changeling(4:11)


12"   Celebrate Zoom Arista ARIST 12394
A1. Celebrate[Extended](6:48)
B1. Changeling(4:11)
B2. I Travel(3:47)







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