Simple Minds / Sparkle in the Rain: hi-res blu-ray audio with 5.1


Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain reissue is due for release next month and it you aren’t convinced by the £40+ super deluxe box set then the blu-ray audio is an fine alternative and excellent value for money.

The blu-ray is a ‘pure audio’ disc and so doesn’t have any video content, but what it does include are three different audio versions of the 1984 album.

  • 1. A brand new Steven Wilson 5.1 surround sound mix of the album
  • 2. A brand new Steven Wilson STEREO remix of Sparkle in the Rain which like the 5.1 was created from the multi-track tapes.
  • 3. The original 1984 mix newly remastered at Abbey Road by Andrew Walter.

All the mixes are of course hi-res. I’ve heard the Steven Wilson surround mix and it’s excellent. All of the above are included in the box set but on a DVD-Video/Audio disc. Of course the box offers lots of bonus audio not included o the blu-ray. This Simple Minds release and the formats very much follows the pattern of Tears For Fears’ Songs For The Big Chair reissue from November last year.

The icing on the cake is that you can pick up the blu-ray for about £15 at the moment if you purchase from Amazon Italy, that’s about 25% cheaper than in the UK.

Sparkle in the Rain is re-released on 16 March 2015.

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Simple Minds / Sparkle in the Rain five disc super deluxe edition box

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Price for the Super Deluxe Set down to £27.56 on Grooves.inc.


Its’ funny how a 40 min. album + 3 b-sides today manages getting a 5 disc treatment.
Just like the sessions for sparkle produced abundance of material…

Paul English

Thanks for tip. Cancelled my Amazon UK order and went for the Spanish one instead. Saved about €18.

Phil Wilson

I never go for express shipping with the EU amazons either. I once ordered the same item on express shipping (1-2 days) and on normal shipping (I wanted two). The 1-2 day shipping took about 3 days, from France. The normal shipping, they sent from Scotland – arrived next day!

Steve Smalley

Thanks for the reply Phil I had a feeling that would be the case with vouchers so didn’t try and redeem. Glad no customs duty as well. Cheers.

Phil Wilson

You don’t get charged customs duty, as we are all EU countries, so no worries there. Not sure about vouchers, but I would guess .co.uk ones can only be used on that site.

Steve Smalley

Thanks for the above info karen have just pre ordered the madonna deluxe and the cd single both cheaper than ordering thru the UK site. As mentioned above Google Chrome translates and all your UK log in details are there. Good info for future! Just couple of questions do you get charged any customs duty? And also would it accept an Amazon UK gift card for purchases on these European sites? Many thanks for any response.

Phil Wilson

I have ordered from 4 of the Amazon European sites (.fr .de .es .it) and not had any problems from any of them. They usually deliver within 2 days, and sometimes the items are sent from Scotland anyway!


I did some price checking, while ‘trying’ to watch the Casual Vacancy on BBC (found it a bit boring).

This is the box set I checked for prices. The postage was around 4 euros to the UK

Amazon Spain 39.67 euros £33, includes postage to UK

Amazon Germany 48.99 euros £39 includes postage to UK

Amazon France 44,99 euros £36 includes postage to UK

Has anyone in the UK ordered from European Amazons, if so, would the box sets be in English (the writing on the outside, and booklet inside).

I have heard Amazon Germany has a good reputation for delivery, the others?

Also, I have heard on the grapevine, that many Madonna fans are ordering her new album Rebel Heart Super Deluxe, on Amazon Germany. 29,99 Euros, with postage coming in around £22.00 compared to Amazon UK £42 (although to be fair to Amazon UK, they are saying ‘import’), and it is being released early in Germany, 6 March.


I see people asking for “new gold dream”. I assume that you mean/want a blue-ray? Given the fact that a remastered dvd-a exists already, and a good one at that too.


The Dvd-A for New Gold Dream was basically a new surround mix of the album. For the original, there was also a SACD. Both are hard to come by and expensive.

Also, there was a new vocal version of ‘in every heaven’

tracks DVD-a [diffs from album versions]
5:22 1 Someone Somewhere In Summertime [0:45s]
3:50 2 Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
4:28 3 Promised You A Miracle
5:27 4 Big Sleep [0:29s]
5:45 5 Somebody Up There Likes You [0:49s]
6:08 6 New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) [0:32s]
4:40 7 Glittering Prize [0:07s]
6:09 8 Hunter And The Hunted [0:16s]
7:32 9 King Is White And In The Crowd [0:33s]
4:51 10 In every heaven

video tracks
4:03 1 promised you a miracle (video edit)
4:03 2 glittering prize (new surround edit)

the video track for ‘glittering prize’
contains new surround tracks that are
different from the dvd-a track. this
is the original album edit.



I’ve just done a check of US and UK prices. Yow. If you’re in Oz, sadly, even Amazon Italy may be too expensive. The Aust. $ has plummeted in recent months.


Hi Paul, are you able to provide a link to the blu-ray in Amazon Italy? I’ve done a search through the site but am unable to locate it. :(


Andrew (Andy) Walter did a new stereo remaster? You mean that guy is still employed after he destroyed the Spandau and Duran reissues in 2010?? Those were the worst remasters I’ve ever heard, so his name is a curse in any credits.

Jonah McGarva

Overall the TFF box did sound good, however, even mentioned on the Hoffman forums (and I concur) is that the original album (CD1 trks 1-8) has it’s stereo image off-balance. It leans more to the left by 1-2.5 dB

As far as I am concerned, he’s a hack.


Yeah have to say that the Journeys to Glory remaster is the worst remaster I have *ever* heard bar none. I decided to keep the original CD after hearing how awful the remaster sounded.
I will certainly approach anything remastered by this guy with real caution.


Has anyone ordered from the site Marko mentioned, the grooves-inc.com?

I have sent feedback to amazon.uk that this site has lower prices, if a few others send to amazon.uk as well maybe they will lower prices which would be good for all of us if we get some more lower prices.

The TFF SFBC boxset went down to 32 pound price on amazon.uk, so far they are keeping to 45 pound price for Simple Minds, not sure why so much higher.


I have ordered from Grooves Inc. numerous times over the years and have never had a problem.

Daniel Lalla

The sound on this album was always very ‘dense’. More frontal assault than ‘wall of sound’. Don’t get me wrong, I love this album but if you can only afford one I’d go for the box – the DVDA will have the high res anyway no? I’ll be doomed to get both (and a reissued vinyl if they release it) as well as anything else up to and including Once Upon A Time (especially if the do New Gold Dream *81*82*83*84)


I wasn’t going to buy the box as the only content I wanted was on the blu-ray – however the box itself will sit nicely with the rest of my super deluxe boxes i.e. TFF plus amazon.es are currently selling it at 43 euros including delivery, which will probably be about a tenner by the same the box gets release due to the exchange rate at the moment :-)

Nigel D Day

Tempted with this but I wish they would reissue the 5 previous ones in the same format. Like the wonderful TFF ones.


Now if only they’d do New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84.

Derek Murray

I’m only buying it for the live disc. I was never impressed with Steve Lillywhites production on this album….not enough bass, too much drum. Hopefully Steven Wilson has done his magic as usual and transformed it


Really? $80+ for a disc and a half of live material?

Luc Swaenen

This disc is included in the boxset ? Right ?


@ Luc.

A DVD is included in the box, not a Blu-Ray.

Luc Swaenen

Why Oh Why …????

I’ll guess I’ll cancel the box and order the Bluray..

Why do they (idiots) do that ???


On grooves-inc.com for blu ray price is only £13.74.

Alan Fenwick


Thanks for highlighting the good price on the Grooves Inc site. That’s another site to keep on the radar for new and ongoing releases, I never knew that site existed, they seem quite competitive on a few things. I think I’ll try a lowish value purchase first to see if they’re any good.


On grooves inc.com price is £32.17 for the box.


Base.com price for the box is £39.99.