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Black & White 050505 is the fourteenth studio album (of original material) by Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in the UK on 12 September 2005. The album was not officially released in the US.

Black & White 050505
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Studio album by
Released12 September 2005
Recorded2004 - 5 May 2005
GenrePop rock
Length40:57
LabelSanctuary Records
ProducerSimple Minds, Jez Coad
Simple Minds chronology
Silver Box
(2004)
Black & White 050505
(2005)
Sunday Express – Live (Vol. 1 & 2)
(2007)
Simple Minds studio albums chronology
Cry
(2002)
Black & White 050505
(2005)
Graffiti Soul
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
BBC(very positive)[2]
Q2/5 stars[3]
Daily Express4/5 stars[4]
PopMatters(8/10)[5]
Record Collector5/5 stars[6]
The Sun3/5 stars[7]
The Times3/5 stars[8]

OverviewEdit

Work on this follow-up to Cry started in 2002 and was heavily influenced by the band's live work from that period. At the time of the album release, Jim Kerr stated about the new album: "Having delivered Black and White 050505, an album that we believe is classic Simple Minds, albeit with a whole new energy. We can honestly say that we are delighted with the results and look forward with a totally revitalised outlook to this next phase of our on going creativity."[9]

RecordingEdit

The sessions for Black And White 050505 yielded an album and a half of material. The tracks "Light Travels" and "Fortune Teller" were left off the album because Jim Kerr did not want to compromise the album's structure or overall feel.

Demoed for Black And White 050505, "Light Travels" was later rerecorded and released on Graffiti Soul (2009).[10]

After initially appearing as an idea of a melody during the recording sessions for Good News from the Next World (1995) and recorded for Black And White 050505 (2005) as "Fortune Teller", the song was then considered for Graffiti Soul (2009) but, again, not released until it was finally rerecorded (and retitled) as "Magic" for Walk Between Worlds (2018).[11]

The recording sessions for the album ended on 5 May 2005 (05/05/05), hence the number in the album's title.

Track listingEdit

Standard editionEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Stay Visible"KerrCoad5:19
2."Home"KerrBurchill, Goudie4:23
3."Stranger"Kerr, TigninoTignino, Legato4:07
4."Different World [taormina.me]"Kerr, CoadBurchill4:37
5."Underneath the Ice"KerrBurchill, Coad4:45
6."The Jeweller Part 2"KerrBurchill4:18
7."A Life Shot in Black and White"KerrCoad, Burchill3:35
8."Kiss the Ground"KerrBurchill4:06
9."Dolphins"KerrBurchill5:57
10."Too Much Television (Bonus track on Japanese edition)"Sean KellySean Kelly4:19

2019 "Rejuvenation 2001–2014 7CD+DVD box set" bonus tracksEdit

Source:[12]

No.TitleLyricsMusicTypeLength
10."Too Much Television"KellyKellyCover4:20
11."Bird On A Wire"KerrBurchill, Kevin HunterOriginal bonus track3:54
12."Mighty Joe Moon"Grant Lee PhillipsGrant Lee PhillipsCover3:42

Left-oversEdit

At least, another track was demoed for Black & White 050505: "Angel Under My Skin" written by Mark Kerr and Erikah Karst during the Cry period (2002). The song was later worked on for Graffiti Soul (2009) before it was finally recorded and released on Walk Between Worlds (2018).[13]

Live performancesEdit

All the songs have been played live:[14][15]

  1. "Stay Visible" during the 2005 "Intimate", 2006 "Black And White", 2009 "30 Years Live European" & 2009 "Graffiti Soul" tours
  2. "Home" during the 2005 "Intimate", 2006 "Black And White", 2008 "Celebrate 30 Years Live", 2009 "30 Years Live European" & 2009 "Graffiti Soul", 2010 "Festival Show", 2010 "Final Shows" tours
  3. "Stranger" during the 2005 "Intimate" & 2006 "Black And White" tours
  4. "Different World [taormina.me]" during the 2005 "Intimate", 2006 "Black And White" & 2009 "30 Years Live European" tours
  5. "Underneath The Ice" only during the 2006 "Black And White" tour
  6. "The Jeweller Part 2" during the 2005 "Intimate" & 2006 "Black And White" tours
  7. "A Life Shot in Black & White" only during the 2006 "Black And White" tour
  8. "Kiss The Ground" only one time (in Copenhagen, Denmark) during the 2006 "Black And White" tour
  9. "Dolphins" during the 2006 "Black And White" & 2009 "30 Years Live European" tours

PersonnelEdit

Additional musicians

  • Jez Coad — additional guitars and keyboards
  • Daniele Tignino and John Biancale — backing vocals on "Stranger"
  • Sean Kelly — guest vocals on "Too Much Television" (bonus track on Japanese edition)

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[16] Gold 40,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Simple Minds: Black & White > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ Smith, Jack (12 July 2005). "Simple Minds Black And White 050505 Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ Perry, John (October 2005). "Black & White 050505". Q. London: EMAP Metro. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Black & White 050505". Daily Express. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers. 9 September 2005. OCLC 173337077. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  5. ^ Besenyodi, Adam (27 January 2006). "Black & White 050505". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ Shirley, Ian (October 2005). "Black & White 050505 - Review". Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Black & White 050505". The Sun. London: News Corporation. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  8. ^ Verrico, Liz (10 September 2005). "Black & White 050505". The Times. London. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Rejuvenation 2001-2014 Five Album Vinyl Box Set (released 7/12/18) – Album 3 'Black & White 050505' Work started on this follow-up to Cry in 2002 and was heavily influenced by the band's live work from that period". Facebook. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Light Travels". simpleminds.org. 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Fortune Teller". simpleminds.org. 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Simple Minds / Rejuvenation 2001-2014 box issued on CD". www.superdeluxeedition.com. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Angel Under My Skin". simpleminds.org. 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "Black & White 050505: Information". Dream Giver Redux. simpleminds.org. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  15. ^ Cornwell, Simon. "Tours: Simple Minds". Dream Giver Redux. simpleminds.org. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  16. ^ "I mitici del pop anni ' 80 che piacciono ai giovani". Ricerca Repubblica. 18 March 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2019.

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