Simple Minds: Acoustic In Concert (Eagle Rock)

Simple Minds
Acoustic In Concert
(Eagle Rock)

Simple Minds may best be remembered in this country for their song that played out across the screen during the final shot of “The Breakfast Club,” but the band has an exhaustively large cannon of music that pre-and post-dates that mid ‘80s Brat Pack gem. And while we may not have fully appreciated the depth of this Scottish band here in the United States, folks in Europe still hail the band as musical royalty.

The proof can be found throughout this impressive live show (captured on DVD and CD), recorded in London in 2016 for BBC Radio 2’s “In Concert Series.” Simple Mind’s, around since 1977 (well, vocalist Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchell, at least) are in prime form, arguably sounding better than they did in the 1980s. Songs like “Alive and Kicking,” a show high point, as well as “Stand By Love” and, yes, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” capture a band which has a long way to go before simply turning into just another jukebox nostalgia group. And they are playing to a crowd that is clearly as elated as the band members.

Simple Minds’ “Acoustic In Concert” caps off the set with a spirited cover of Steve Harley’s 1975 song “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me),” joined on stage by Harley himself. A fantastic show captured here brilliantly for die hard and casual fans.