Posts Tagged ‘Once Upon A Time’

BBC Radio, Volume 1 – 1968-69 – Released by Hux Records in the United Kingdom in June 2004, this album features sixteen songs Family performed for various pop shows on BBC’s Radio 1 station between September 1968 and July 1969. Except for the July 1969 performances, which featured John Weider in place of Ric Grech, these recordings feature the original lineup. Many of these songs were composed with Grech and/or Jim King in mind and performed on the BBC before Family properly recorded them for disc, so many of these performances sound different from the officially released versions. Also included here is a stunning cover of J.B. Lenoir’s “I Sing ‘Um The Way I Feel.” More information on this release is available here.
Family BBC Radio Volume 1
BBC Radio, Volume 2 – 1971-73 – Released by Hux Records in the U.K. in September 2004, this album features fourteen songs Family performed on various pop shows on BBC’s Radio 1 station from March 1971 to May 1973. Although not as consistent as the earlier CD – these appearances on Radio 1 cover a period in which Family endured most of their personnel changes – it contains several interesting variations on their best-known songs that are definitely worth a listen, and an intriguing medley of “Processions” and “No Mule’s Fool” is included. More information on this release is available here.
Family - BBC Radio Volume 2 1971-73

BBC Radio, Volume 3 – 1970 – This Hux Records disc, released in the U.K. in August 2009, features rare BBC Radio 1 performances from January 1970 and September 1970, including Poli Palmer’s debut with the group. Among the surprises are Palmer’s instrumental “Here Comes the Grin” and a jam titled “Blow By Blow,” both available here for the first time anywhere. Most of the original BBC Radio 1 tapes that comprise this collection were “wiped” (Britspeak for “erased”), and so this album was derived from private off-air recordings. As this was done in 1970, sound quality is substandard, but it’s still worth a listen, as many of the songs featured here have arrangements different from the studio versions on the original Family LPs. More information on this release is available here.


Once Upon a Time – This box set brings together the complete Family catalog for the first time ever in a strictly limited edition complied with Roger Chapman’s co-operation, limited to 2,000 numbered copies and individually signed by Chapman. It includes all seven Family albums (plus one anthology) in mini LP Japanese-style gatefold sleeves, the Live album, plus two compact discs of previously unreleased alternative versions and rarities, three CD singles reproduced in original picture sleeves, and a 72-page hardback book about the band that features many previously unseen photographs and memorabilia reproductions – all for £125, or US$200. If you can afford it, buy it while you can. Also available is a box set of the four original albums of Chapman’s and Whitney’s mid-seventies band Streetwalkers, on CD.

It was 30 years ago today that thisalbum was released “Once Upon A Time” . One of their best best seller’s no doubt. The memories of making it, and then seeing it do so well the world over, will always stay with us. As will our thanks to all who supported us by buying and listening to the music contained within “the vinyl grooves” The best years of our lives? It was certainly among them. Onwards and upwards! Jim Kerr.

In December 2015, multiple formats of the album will be re-issued in Box Set form

The original 8-track album on one CD (remastered)
The original 8-track album on one LP (remastered)
2CD Deluxe edition (2-CD set, second CD includes single mixes, b-sides, remixes and live recordings)
Blu-ray version of the album (audio only), with surround mixes of the album
Super Deluxe 5CD/1DVD set (includes both discs from the 2CD Deluxe Edition, plus another disc of rarities, b-sides and remixes, two discs featuring Live in the City of Light. DVD contains 5.1 Surround and Stereo mixes of the original album plus promo videos)

Once Upon a Time is the seventh studio album by Simple Minds, originally release 1985

Although already successful in their native UK and Europe, the band had also now become popular in the US, mainly due to the Keith Forsey-penned “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which appeared on The Breakfast Club soundtrack and had become a No.1 hit there. However, the band deliberately left the track off the album due to their reluctance to record it. Four singles were taken from the album; “Alive and Kicking” (UK No. 7, US #3), “All the Things She Said” (UK No. 9, US #28), “Sanctify Yourself” (UK No. 10, US #14), and “Ghost Dancing” (UK #13). The album topped the UK charts, and peaked at No.10 on the US charts (5 consecutive weeks in Top 10 of Billboard and 16 weeks in Top 20).


  1. “Once Upon a Time” – 5:44
  2. All the Things She Said” – 4:16
  3. Ghost Dancing” – 4:46
  4. Alive and Kicking” – 5:25
  5. “Oh Jungleland” – 5:12
  6. “I Wish You Were Here” – 4:42
  7. Sanctify Yourself” – 4:57
  8. “Come a Long Way” – 5:09


  1. “Once Upon a Time” – 6:19
  2. “All the Things She Said” – 4:22
  3. “Ghost Dancing” – 4:45
  4. “Alive and Kicking” – 5:14
  5. “Oh Jungleland” – 5:24
  6. “I Wish You Were Here” – 4:45
  7. “Sanctify Yourself” – 5:00
  8. “Come a Long Way” – 5:23

The album was available with two covers upon its original LP release. The alternate cover uses the back image for the front and vice versa. It also moves the Simple Minds logo to the right of the cover. The two cover images fit together when placed side by side or above each other, and the release of the album in British record shops saw the two covers placed in a grid, alternating like the two colours on a chessboard. The album cover was standardised for the original CD release and this version has since been used for the various reissues of the album. A limited edition picture disc album was also released.


Universal Music will follow-up this year’s “Sparkle in the Rain” box set with a new Simple Minds super deluxe edition, this time a six-disc exploration of the album that came next, 1985’s “Once Upon A Time”.

Originally released in October 1985, and coming hot on the heels of the global smash ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’,‘Once Upon A Time’ was to prove the album that propelled Simple Minds to stratospheric heights of artistic and commercial success.

Definitely one of the best-loved tracks from the mighty ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Alive And Kicking’ was released as a single thirty years ago in September 1985.

It went on to become one of the band’s biggest hits, reaching the Top Ten all around the world.

The Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain produced long-player was a major commercial success. It spawned four top twenty singles in Britain and reached the top ten in America and hit the top spot in the UK.

This new super deluxe edition – released 30 years after the original – is a 5CD+DVD set and has two bonus CDs packed with B-sides, remixes and edits including three previously unreleased remixes of Alive and Kicking and an unheard alternative edit of Sanctify Yourself. Although US number one Don’t You (Forget About Me) wasn’t featured on the original record, the seven-inch and twelve inch versions are present and correct on disc two of this set.

The Live in the City of Light double live album also forms part of this new set, filling discs four and five. Originally released in 1987, this was mostly recorded in Paris in 1986 on the Once Upon A Time tour.

Disc six is a DVD-A/V that features a hi-res 96/24 5.1 surround sound mix of the album that has previously been released on standalone DVD-A in 2005. The DVD also includes promo videos for all the singles and Don’t You (Forget About Me).

All the music on the CDs has been newly remastered and this set comes with a 36-page booklet that includes rare photos, new interviews with Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill and a track-by-track guide. A 2CD deluxe is also available as well as a vinyl LP edition.

The Once Upon A Time super deluxe edition box set is released on 4th December 2015.