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Real to Real Cacophony

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Released  November 1979
Length  40:46
Release date  November 1979
Label  Virgin Records
Recorded  September 1979
Artist  Simple Minds
Producer  John Leckie
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Studio  Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales
Real to Real Cacophony (1979)  Empires and Dance (1980)
Genres  New wave, Post-punk, Art rock
Similar  Simple Minds albums, Post-punk albums

Real to Real Cacophony (sometimes incorrectly referred as Reel to Real Cacophony) is the second studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was released in November 1979, through record labels Zoom and Arista.


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Release and reception

Real to Real Cacophony did not chart, nor did its only single, "Changeling".

The 2002/2003 re-issues by Virgin Records incorrectly render the album's title as Reel to Real Cacophony, and the opening track as "Reel to Real". The new spelling also appears in the discography section of all the inlays in the 2002/2003 Simple Minds remastered edition series. Subsequent editions render the title of both the album and track correctly.

Real to Real Cacophony has been generally well received by critics. AllMusic praised the album, describing it as "where Simple Minds ventured beyond the ability to mimic their influences and began to manipulate them, mercilessly pushing them around and shaping them into funny objects the way a child transforms a chunk of Play-Doh from an indefinable chunk of nothing into a definable chunk of something", calling it "an achievement that's on a plane with other 1979 post-punk landmarks like Metal Box, 154, Entertainment! and Unknown Pleasures".

Track listing

All lyrics written by Jim Kerr; all music composed by Simple Minds (Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Brian McGee, Mick MacNeil).


Simple Minds

  • Jim Kerr – vocals
  • Charles Burchill – guitar, violin, saxophone
  • Derek Forbes – bass guitar
  • Brian McGee – drums, percussion
  • Michael MacNeil – keyboards
  • Technical

  • John Leckie – arrangements, recording, mixing
  • Graphyk – sleeve graphics
  • Sheila Rock – sleeve photography
  • Trevor Rodgers – sleeve photography
  • Paul Henry – sleeve packaging
  • Mariella Sometimes – tape operation
  • Songs

    1Real to Real2:51
    2Naked Eye2:22
    3Citizen (Dance of Youth)2:54


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