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Swimming Towards the Sun

by A Tribute to Simple Minds

Contains classic tracks spanning albums from Reel to Reel Cacophony to Good News from the Next world--covered and reinvented by indie bands from all over the world.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scar
Simon Hayward
4:15 $0.99
2. New Gold Dream
The Echoing Green
4:36 $0.99
3. Seeing Out the Angel
Piston Picnique
4:44 $0.99
4. Oh Jungleland
The Enflamed
5:13 $0.99
5. Someone Somewhere in Summertime
Blow Up
4:52 $0.99
6. Alive and Kicking
Band for the Tribes
6:38 $0.99
7. Soul Crying Out
Go Deep
5:50 $0.99
8. She's a River
Flash Cube
3:12 $0.99
9. Hypnotised
6:17 $0.99
10. Life in a Day
Basic Idea
3:45 $0.99
11. The American
4:47 $0.99
12. Hunter and the Hunted
5:04 $0.99
13. Waterfront
The Dissidents
4:48 $0.99
14. Don't You Forget About Me
7:12 $0.99
15. 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall
Fronzek vs. Hayward
5:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Swimming Towards the Sun is a collective tribute to Simple Minds from 15 different indie bands. The opening track by Simon Hayward is a mellow and radically reinterpreted rendition of Scar, from the album Reel to Reel Cacophony.

The listener is then strapped into a virtual rocket which is New Gold Dream by techno masters, The Echoing Green. The adrenaline keeps pumping with Piston Picnique's radical reinvention of Seeing Out the Angel. This track, in particular, got rave reviews from Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds. He even claimed that Simple Minds would play Angel in that style soon in one of their live shows! Oh Jungeland is a tight cover of the original, but with vocals that feel more emotional than the Simple Minds version. Blow Up then takes Summertime to places where no one could ever imagine--possibly making one think of how Martin Fry and ABC would have covered the song.

But this is just the beginning of an amazing ride through the Simple Minds back catalog on Swimming Towards the Sun. Every track has been meticulously honed to perfection, making this a fitting tribute to one of the best rock bands of all time. Packaged in a beautiful digipack with original artwork by Oliver Tully, this CD is extremely limited (only 1000 copies in existence!).



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Jose Auditore - Sydney Australia

A great CD for Minds Fans
A Simple Minds tribute CD was well overdue and this is a great find.

There's a couple of standout tracks including "The Dissidents" cover of "Waterfront".

Most of this material should be getting radio airplay and the packaging and artwork is very professional. There is one thing lacking in the package though. Information about the bands or artists on the album.

Tributes to Led Zeppelin (Encomium - Atlantic 1995), ZZ Top (Sharp Dressed Men - RCA 2002) AC-DC (Fuse Box - Ariola 1995) and The Carpenters (If I Were A Carpenter - A&M 1994) all had notes about the bands and why they chose those songs. A little background info would have been great.

There is also something missing - a cover of one of Simple Minds biggest hits "Glittering Prize". Other than that it's a great tribute album. I give it 3 Jim Kerr's.

Chris Howell, UK

Pure Brilliance, Classic Songs With A Fresh Sound
This Album Is A Must For All Simple Minds Fans,It Has All Your Favorites But With A Fresh Sound,I Was Suprised How Good It Was. Buy It Now!!!


I give this a 5 star rating as i regard this album as the worse piece of shit ive ever heard, as regards to 1000 copies ever being made is a question mark in its self. Bag of shit, dont waste your money.


outstanding, fresh and keeps the minds spirit
really shocked at this brilliant work by all the artists, really exciting,and doesnt lose the magic minds heartbeat! Brilliant!!!

Anton, England

Worth a punt if you are a Minds fan
So go on and give it a whirl...

Stephen Anderson, Rotherham

I have listened to this album quite alot and it just grows on you, the only song on this quite remarkable album that i raise my eyebrows at is the sad performance of Don't you forget about me. As regards to the rest, well you listen to the sample songs provided.

stuart holland

i was really eager to listen to this cd as i am a massive simple minds fan,i was really pleasantly suprised with what i heard what i really enjoyed about this cd is that all the songs are really different from simple minds versions and the tribute bands really hit it off well.


Excellent covers with the minds at heart.
Great to listen to my favourite bands music transformed into another piece of art.
Excellent production.

alison wilkinson, durham

a must if you love simple minds
a very 'interesting' cd. great to hear different versions of 'the minds' tracks by bands who are passionate about them. a must for any minds fan.