Simple Minds: New New Gold Dream Alternate Format Discography

Alternate Format Discography

New Gold Dream was released in the UK on Virgin in Sept '82 with gold labels and a gold inner sleeve for the initial pressings and purple for the re-pressings [V 2230].

In the US the album came out on A&M with purple labels. The inner sleeve was purple on one side and gold on the other, and printed with the lyrics [SP-6-4928]. A limited edition US LP on gold vinyl also came out that year with the same catalogue number.


Malcolm Garrett's artwork incorporated a Celtic cross, which had also appeared on the cover of the single 'Promised You A Miracle'. This caused a certain amount of controversy and in the former Yugoslavia all religious imagery was removed from the sleeve. For the album co-release by Jugoton and Virgin the typography was enlarged and the image of the group on the rear of the sleeve was also featured on the front [LSVIRG 11016, V 2230].

The first European LPs were released with the standard red and green Virgin record labels in 1982 [Virgin 204-965]. In Japan that year the LP came with an insert with a band biography and lyrics in Japanese, and a black, gold and white obi-strip [Virgin VIL-6013].

The first UK cassette was released on chrome tape also in 1982 with the LP cover artwork mounted on a purple background [TCV 2230]. Virgin had manufactured it in large enough quantities that it stayed in the label's catalogue until 1992 when it was reissued in a budget format [OVEDC 393].In that year in the US, cassettes with Dolby noise reduction came with a similar insert. The shell had black embossed lettering [A&M CS-6 4928], and bore the title 'New Gold Dreams'.


New Gold Dream was released on CD as early as 1983 in European territories and in the UK. The faux medieval typography and imagery was extended to the track listing on the 16pp insert, which featured portrait shots of Kerr, Burchill, Forbes and McNeill [Virgin CDV 2230].

In 1990 a US CD version [A&M 75021 4928 2] arrived with an eight-page booklet with full colour album artwork and lyrics. It was also available in longbox format.

The CD was remastered on its 20th anniversary at Simon Heyworth's Super Audio Mastering and in the US and UK it was released in a card replica sleeve of the original LP [Virgin, SIMCDX5].

In 2003 this version was reissued in UK and Europe in standard jewel cases on Virgin [SIMCD5; 7243 813171 2 9] and in the US [72438-13171-2-9]. The same year an SACD hybrid was released in Europe with a gold insert that replicated the original LP inner sleeve [SACDV 2230].


A DVD version of New Gold Dream arrived in Europe and the US in 2005 [Virgin DVDAV 2230; 7243 813171 98]. The audio content comprised 5.1 remixes by Charlie Burchill and Ronald Prent, with the exception of 'Colours Fly And…' and 'Promised You A Miracle' as the original multitracks could not be found. The DVD had videos for 'Promised You A Miracle' and 'Glittering Prize', but the major find was 'In Every Heaven', previously available in instrumental form as 'Soundtrack To Every Heaven'.

In 2016 we saw a number of Universal Music Catalogue releases. Most notable was a 5CD + DVD box set [pictured below] with the original album and 5.1 mixes, promo videos and TV appearances. The number of extras would test the enthusiasm of even the most devoted fan but the David Jensen and John Peel BBC radio sessions CD are highlights [4766622].


A Deluxe Edition double CD had a selection of extras in a rather more digestible form [4766615]. And a Blu-ray disc of the album with 'In Every Heaven' was issued in the UK and Europe [4773754].

A limited edition vinyl version was released in the UK only, in 2016 [Virgin ARHSLP004]. Half-speed mastered at Abbey Road and with a certificate of authenticity, it came in the original gold inner sleeve design, as did the UK/Europe 180g LP from Universal [4733752] also released that year.