The Greatest Hits [Razor & Tie]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Simply Red's second major hits collection not only celebrates their illustrious 25-year career but also marks the end of it, thanks to Mick Hucknall's announcement that he will henceforth only be working under his own name. The much more comprehensive 25 features all but two of the tracks included on 1996's Greatest Hits, plus several tracks from the commercially inconsistent last decade. Of course, it's the late-'80s and early-'90s material that made Simply Red, essentially a solo vehicle for Hucknall, a household name. The likes of "A New Flame," "Holding Back the Years," and debut hit "Money's Too Tight To Mention" all showcase their signature blue-eyed soul sound, which...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Simply Red's second major hits collection not only celebrates their illustrious 25-year career but also marks the end of it, thanks to Mick Hucknall's announcement that he will henceforth only be working under his own name. The much more comprehensive 25 features all but two of the tracks included on 1996's Greatest Hits, plus several tracks from the commercially inconsistent last decade. Of course, it's the late-'80s and early-'90s material that made Simply Red, essentially a solo vehicle for Hucknall, a household name. The likes of "A New Flame," "Holding Back the Years," and debut hit "Money's Too Tight To Mention" all showcase their signature blue-eyed soul sound, which has helped to sell over 50 million records worldwide. The funky piano-led "Something Got Me Started" and wistful dreamy title track justify Stars' multi-platinum success; their only number one single, "Fairground," is a mesmerizing fusion of tribal rhythms and ambient chillout pop; while "Angel," a collaboration with Fugees' Pras Michel, is a surprisingly passable attempt at hip-hop lite. And the likes of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" show that Hucknall is a master of interpreting classics to make them sound his own. But by the late '90s, their over-reliance on cover versions began to signal their decline. "The Air That I Breathe," "Night Nurse," and "Ain't That a Lot of Love," all pale imitations of the originals, explain the dwindling album sales and the Warner Records departure. However, 2003 comeback album Home, released via Hucknall's own label, was a welcome return to form as the Hall & Oates sampling "Sunrise," classy dance-pop of "Fake," and soulful rendition of "You Make Me Feel Brand New" became his best and most successful singles in almost a decade. The only new track featured here, a cover of "Go Now," is a disappointingly lazy final curtain to an eventful career. But overall, 25 is an accomplished collection of songs that cements Hucknall's reputation as one Britain's finest soul singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018302029
  • Catalog Number: 83020
  • Sales rank: 1,214

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunrise (3:19)
  2. 2 Stars (4:08)
  3. 3 A New Flame (3:57)
  4. 4 Holding Back the Years (4:11)
  5. 5 Your Mirror (4:04)
  6. 6 For Your Babies (4:17)
  7. 7 It's Only Love (3:52)
  8. 8 The Right Thing (4:22)
  9. 9 Something Got Me Started (4:00)
  10. 10 So Not Over You (3:38)
  11. 11 You Make Me Feel Brand New (5:05)
  12. 12 Say You Love Me (3:44)
  13. 13 Home (3:33)
  14. 14 Fairground (4:26)
  15. 15 Money's Too Tight (To Mention) (4:29)
  16. 16 If You Don't Know Me By Now (3:26)
  17. 17 Go Now (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simply Red Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Daryl Hall Composer
Mark James Audio Production
Thom Bell Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Charles Grant Composer
Mick Hucknall Composer, Audio Production
Leon Huff Composer
Michael Hutchinson Remixing
Stewart Levine Audio Production
Peter Lewinson Composer, Audio Production
Steve Lewinson Audio Production
Fritz McIntyre Composer
John Oates Composer
Alex Sadkin Audio Production
The Valentine Brothers Composer
Pete Woodroffe Composer
Gota Yashiki Audio Production
Danny Saxon Audio Production
Andy Wright Audio Production
Kevin Metcalfe Remastering
Sara Allen Composer
Sandro Franchin Audio Production
Gavin Goldberg Audio Production
Neil Moss Composer
Lindsay Edwards Remixing
Sarah Osuji Composer
Alana Hood Composer
Hannah Thomson Composer
Darren Stokes Remixing
Jim Cameron Composer
Bennett Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Wonderful!

    I am so glad I added this CD to my collection! I purchased it specifically for one song, but now love the entire CD and highly recommend it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD - Great Old Hits & Great New Hits

    This is a great CD for a wide collection of former remakes as well as some great new songs. Simply Red is an awesome group who has stood the test of time.

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