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Picture Book
SIMPLY RED
Picture Book
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
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2008 two disc (CD + PAL/Region 0 DVD) Collector's Edition of Mick Hucknall and the gang's debut album featuring five bonus remixes on the CD plus a DVD that contains a Montreux Jazz Festival 1986 concert, filmed at the tim...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: SIMPLY RED
Title: Picture Book
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: East/West Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075596045223

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2008 two disc (CD + PAL/Region 0 DVD) Collector's Edition of Mick Hucknall and the gang's debut album featuring five bonus remixes on the CD plus a DVD that contains a Montreux Jazz Festival 1986 concert, filmed at the time of the album. Picture Book was originally released in 1985 and spawned two hit singles 'Holding Back The Years' and 'Money's too Tight To Mention' which are still popular favorites for many fans. The extended 16 page booklet includes extra pictures and brand new essay by Brian Southall (co-author of the first official and authorized Simply Red story If You Don't Know Me By Now). Housed in a special six panel digipak. Rhino UK.

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Simply Red's debut album
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 09/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"At least in America,the British-based Simply Red debuted in 1985,spawning three Top 20 hits from this album,COME TO MY AID,HOLDING BACK THE YEARS and MONEY'S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION. I have to admit that frontman Mick Hucknall is a vocal clone of Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Starship fame. It is possible that Simply Red was nominated for a Best New Artist of 1985 Grammy. I'm sure Sting,Freddie Jackson and Whitney Houston were nominees as well. Simply Red's Elektra Records labelmates included The Cars and Motley Crue."
Timeless
Simo | 01/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't understand what the story about a deadbeat dad and raising his kid has to do with this album, but hey.

"Jericho" and "Look at You Now" are just as worthy of praise as this album's more famous hit singles. The former of these I truly missed during Simply Red's last European tour, though Mick's great stage presence and repertoire surely made up for it."
QUALITY MUSIC AT ITS BEST
barry | Boston, MA United States | 08/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is one of the very best first recordings by any artist and it is issued here in this amazing Collector's Edition. Simply Red has always been underrated here in the US. They have had the random huge single but overall successs here has not happened. Such a loss. This is quality r@b, jazz and pop in its purest form. Mike Hucknall has very emotive vocals and a very intense range.

Sadly, Simply Red has said that they shall be recording no more new sets. A great loss but these excelent collector's editions of their best albums helps ease the pain. This, their first album, is presented here digitally remastered for superior sound quality. It also introduces us to the group with hits such as MONEY'S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION, HOLDING BACK THE YEARS and HEAVEN. There are also some other excellent cuts such as SAD OLD RED and LOOK AT YOU NOW. The cd also contains 5 bonus tracks which are remixes of the albums top cuts. Quality music and an excellent introduction to the group.

But this is not all. There is also a dvd of Simply Red performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1986. It's an amazing dvd with 19 cuts. The sound and picture are amazing and Simply red are even better live. This collector's edition is a must have for any Simply Red fan or fan of quality jazz/r@b.

Highly recommend."