Theme 6: Glittering Prize
[released August 82 as VS51112]
Vol 1 / theme 5 left the discography at the release of Promised You A Miracle.
This single would appear on the next album New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) [Virgin CD - CDV 2230] released
in Spetember 82 and consolidating the band's position as UK album chart regulars, reaching 3. The key tracks from theme 6 and
theme 7 also originate from this album, but Glittering Prize is featured in two
alternative mixes; in addition to the extended club mix, there is an instrumental 'theme' version. Again, this single release made the UK top 20,
rising to 16. As a bonus to the original 12" offering, theme 6 also includes the 'German 12" Mix' of the track
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) which has never been released in the UK on any format. It appeared as the flip-side
to the German reissue of I Travel and appearead as a release in
its own right in Italy. Remixed by Pete Walsh, who also produced the album, this is another CD
Theme 7: Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
[released November 82 as VS51112]
As the third single from the New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84),
this reached 36. It featured a BBC Radio session track taken from the David Jensen show; King Is White And In The Crowd.
Soundtrack For Every Heaven was another 12" only track, although it did make a brief appearance on
a Virgin compilation cassette, Methods Of Dance Volume 2.
Theme 8: Waterfront
[released November 83 as VS63612]
Reaching 13 in the charts, this was the first taster of the next album Sparkle In The Rain [Virgin CD - CDV 2300 released February 84
and the first number 1 in the UK album chart]. It has become one of their all-time live favourites. The B-side referred back to the
previous album, with a live rendition of Hunter And The Hunted
- recorded at the City Hall Newcastle 20.11.82. This disc is rounded off with an extra slice of the Sparkle album; 'C' Moon Cry Like A Baby.
Theme 9: Speed Your Love To Me
[released January 84 as VS64912]
This extended mix of the album track reached 20 and was backed with the 7" version of the same song. Also included on the 12",
Bass Line, a bonus track which never appeared elsewere, is committed to the first time to CD.
Theme 10: Up On The Catwalk
[released April 85 as VS66112]
Theme 10: Don't You (Forget About Me)
[released April 85 as VS74912]
Theme 10 featured two key 12" mixes combined on one disc. Don't You (Forget About Me)
was a massive international hit; it reached 7 in the UK singles chart. Penned by Keith Forsey and
Steve Chiff for the 'brat-pack' film The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds' involvement in the
project was set up by their US record company. Its immediate success in the States took the band by surprise and a release in Europe followed on
the back of a flood of imports. Up On The Catwalk [Extended Version] - the third single from
Sparkle In The Rain reaching 27. This is accompanied by the version of
A Brass Band In African Chimes which featured on the Catwalk 12". The next volume
of themes covers the hits from the international hit album Once Upon A Time - watch out for
themes - Vol 3 which wil appear in the shops in the next two weeks.
Jim Kerr - vocals / Charlie Burchill - guitars and effects /
Derek Forbes - bass /
Michael MacNeil - keyboards and effects
Drums - Mike Ogletree / Mel Gaynor / Kenny Hyslop
Guest vocals - Kirsty MacColl on Speed Your Love To Me
Limited edition digipak box set containing five picture CDs with sleeve notes.
Project Managed by Martin Hanlin,
Ged Malone and
Box design and artworking by Kate Gaughran for the Red Room at EMI.
Original digipack design by Assorted Images.
The reissue is made of glossier but flimsier card then the original Themes Volume Two pressing. The cover artwork
is the same except for the catalogue number, removal of the barcode, and a slightly different font for the back cover. The box is constructed
slightly differently with the left flap opening before the right. The CDs themselves
have sharper, clearer graphics but sport extra catalogue and copyright information. And the sleeve notes are rendered in blue instead