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Simplfied
     

Simplfied

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by Simply Red
 

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As the second release on Simply Red's own label, Simplified finds the smooth soulsters reworking classics of their back catalog as well as introducing some new songs all in a stripped-down and stylish manner. Featuring such Simply Red classics as "Holding Back the Years" and "More," Simplified works well as a reintroduction to

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As the second release on Simply Red's own label, Simplified finds the smooth soulsters reworking classics of their back catalog as well as introducing some new songs all in a stripped-down and stylish manner. Featuring such Simply Red classics as "Holding Back the Years" and "More," Simplified works well as a reintroduction to the band. And that's probably the main intention here. Although lead vocalist Mick Hucknall -- whose burnished vocals sound superb here -- and the band have largely kept a low profile since the early '90s, they haven't stopped touring and recording and as such have cultivated a devoted fanbase. One can only assume that the band has changed its sound over the years and felt the need to present its classic tracks in a fashion more representative of the band as it is now rather than when it debuted in 1985. The result is a lush but uncomplicated album featuring an organic mix of acoustic instruments including various pianos, organs, and horns that updates Simply Red's classic soul sound while still bringing to mind the best of their output.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498856611
catalogNumber:
000547902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simply Red   Primary Artist
Sarah Brown   Musician
David Clayton   Musician
Mick Hucknall   Vocals
Ian Kirkham   Musician
Peter Lewinson   Musician
Steve Lewinson   Musician
Gota Yashiki   Musician
Simon Hale   Musician
Danny Saxon   Musician
Chris DeMargary   Musician
Andy Wright   Musician
Dee Johnson   Musician
Geoff Holroyde   Musician
Mark Jaimes   Musician
Anthea Clarke   Musician
Kevin Robertson   Musician
John "Woog" Johnson   Musician
Kenji Suzuki   Musician

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Mick Hucknall   Composer
Fritz McIntyre   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Danny Saxon   Producer
Andy Wright   Producer
Andy Scade   Engineer
Mark Jaimes   Producer
Michael Zimmerling   Engineer
Gavin Goldberg   Engineer

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Simplfied 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SIMPLIFIED embraces the roots of our favorite songs. Now hear Mick's mature vocals. The arrangements are soft and soothing, the instrumentation is crisp and flowing. The single release PERFECT LOVE has a Latin flair that will get you dancing. SMILE and A SONG FOR YOU are favorites too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Calm, soothing, inviting! Simply Red gets better and better with each album. They are far from "simply" anything. This album made me cry, smile and just want to play it over and over. Bravo Mick - you've done it again.