by Simply Red


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For Life, Simply Red retain the basic influences that fueled their earlier albums, especially American R&B of the early '70s, specifically the Marvin Gaye of What's Going On? and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes-era Teddy Pendergrass. Mick Hucknall's singing has calmed down and smoothed out on such songs as "You Make Me Believe" and "So Many People," but that only makes them sound more like the product of Philadelphia International Records. On "Fairground," he opts for a Latin-tinged sound that ends up evoking Herb Alpert more than Milton Nascimento; reggae turns up on "Out on the Range," and the big-time closer, "We're in This Together," is a South African-style anthem, complete with Hugh Masekela's flugelhorn. Stripped of the international superstar trappings, Life is, of course, pretentious, but it does have a couple of promising songs, notably "So Beautiful" and "Remembering the First Time."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/1995
Label: East/West Records
UPC: 0075596185325
catalogNumber: 61853
Rank: 150611

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simply Red   Primary Artist
Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass Guitar
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Caroline Dale   Conductor
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Beulah Hashe   Vocals
Heitor T.P.   Guitar,Trumpet
Mick Hucknall   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Faith Kekana   Vocals
Stella Khumalo   Vocals
Ian Kirkham   Keyboards,Saxophone,EWI
Anneline Malebo   Vocals
Felicia Marion   Vocals
Bongani Masuku   Vocals
Lawrence Matshiza   Vocals
Zamo Mbutho   Vocals
Fritz McIntyre   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marilyn Nokwe   Vocals
Tu Nokwe   Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass Guitar
Richard Stevens   Drums
Andrew Wright   Keyboards
Khanyo Maphumulo   Vocals
Dee Johnson   Background Vocals
Vuyisile Dikana   Vocals
Mandise Dlanga   Vocals
Luyanda Jezile   Vocals
Ringo Madlingozi   Vocals
Sipho Mbhele   Vocals
Sipho Mhlambi   Vocals
Vuyo Mokoena   Vocals
Tholo Ndlozi   Vocals
Phumzile Ntuli   Vocals
Victor Ruxmalo   Vocals
Kwazi Shange   Vocals

Technical Credits

Connie Crothers   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Programming
Mick Hucknall   Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Andrew Wright   Programming
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Roland Herrington   Engineer
Zanna   Art Direction

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Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A pretty good album with some superb songs. While not as captivating or interesting as their earlier releases, it's still remarkable that Simply Red didn't run out of steam on this release. The best songs are ''Never Never Love'', ''So Many People'', ''Lives and Loves'' and ''Out On the Range''. This is a good album to purchase if you're just discovering this group.