Simply Red - Picture Book - 80`s Rock LP

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Simply Red - Picture Book

Label: Elektra

96 04521

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG++
Cover has slight edge wear

Country: Canada

Released: 1985

Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Rock

Style: Rhythm & Blues, Downtempo, Synth-pop, Soul


A1 Come To My Aid

A2 Sad Old Red

A3 Look At You Now

A4 Heaven

A5 Jericho

B1 Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
Written-By – John Valentine , William Valentine

B2 Holding Back The Years

B3 Red Box
Guitar, Vocals – David Fryman

B4 No Direction

B5 Picture Book


Arranged By – Simply Red
Bass – Tony Bowers
Design [Sleeve Design] – Peter Barrett
Drums, Percussion – Chris Joyce
Engineer [Assistant] – Chris Dickie
Engineer, Mixed By – Femi J
Guitar – Sylvan
Keyboards, Vocals – Fritz McIntyre
Lyrics By, Music By – Hucknall (tracks: A1, B2, B4, B5)
Mastered By – Arun Chakraverty
Photography [Back Cover] – Malcolm Heywood
Photography [Front Cover] – Simon Fowler
Producer – Stewart Levine
Trumpet – Tim Kellett
Vocals – Mick Hucknall
Written-By – Hucknall (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B3)


Recorded at Soundpush Studios, Blaricum, Holland and Rak Studios, London, England.
Mixed at Air Studios, London, England.
Originally mastered at The Master Room, London.
Produced for Ultra Delta Ltd.

Simply Red were a British soul band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew influences from blue-eyed soul, new romantic, rock, reggae and jazz. Since their early days the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who by the time the band broke up in 2010 was the only original member left.

The initial Simply Red line-up consisted of Mick Hucknall (vocals), David Fryman (guitar), Tony Bowers (bass), Fritz McIntyre (keyboards), Tim Kellett (brass), and Chris Joyce (drums). Bowers and Joyce had both previously been members of post-punk bands The Durutti Column and The Mothmen; Kellett had also been a member of The Durutti Column, though not at the same time as Bowers and Joyce.

Simply Red signed a contract with Elektra in 1985, but after recording one track ("Red Box") Fryman left the group and was replaced by guitarist Sylvan Richardson, who was billed only as 'Sylvan'.

"Red Box" would eventually see release on the group's first single, but as a B-side. The A-side of the band's first single, released in 1985, was "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)", a cover of a soul song originally recorded by The Valentine Brothers. This single had big international success, reaching the UK and Irish Top 20, later the American, French and Dutch Top 30, and the Italian Top 5. Their debut album, Picture Book, was also released in 1985.

Several low-charting singles would follow for the band. Among the comparative flops was a re-recording of the Frantic Elevators' "Holding Back the Years", done up in a new soul-ballad style arrangement. Released as Simply Red's third single in 1985, the track initially placed outside the UK top 50. However upon being re-released in 1986, "Holding Back The Years" became a major hit, peaking at #1 in Ireland, #2 in Great Britain, #3 in the Netherlands, #20 in Italy and later #1 in the United States. The song established Simply Red as a household name with an international hit.

Simply Red - Picture Book (Live in London)

The Best Pop-Soul Band!

Brilliant performance.!

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Simply Red - Holding back the years


Singing live sorts out the cheats from those who can REALLY SING. Step forward Mr Hucknall as a great singer/songwriter.

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Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)

The first Simply Red single in May 1985 was a worldwide hit and launched the band's career.

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