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Pop - Released October 24, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

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Pop - Released October 1, 2012 | simplyred.com

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. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Pop - Released November 8, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Ever since getting back together (much to everyone’s surprise) in 2014, Simply Red cannot be stopped! After exploring “white reggae”, the legendary group from the 80’s and 90’s have launched into “blue-eyed soul” (in other words, R&B by white guys). Isaac Hayes and James Brown often come to mind when listening to these ten songs, be it due to the sparkling brass (Thinking Of You), funky bass lines (Ring That Bell) or crazy Clavinet compositions (Badbootz). And what better a way to pay tribute to these 70s funk masters than with more laid-back tempos and lazy strings (Sweet Child, Complete Love, Tonight). Mick Hucknall’s voice offers the full range for what fans of this genre should expect. Blue Eyed Soul, which heads down a well-marked path, is above all a testimony to the famous red-haired singer’s genuine and endless admiration for this genre. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Pop - Released November 23, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Symphonica in Rosso is a live album recorded during Simply Red's three-night stint at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome in October 2017. Backed by a 40-piece orchestra, the album sees Mick Hucknall and co. deliver a selection of their greatest hits -- including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" -- in a unique and refreshing new way. © Rich Wilson /TiVo
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Pop - Released February 22, 2008 | Rhino

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Pop - Released October 11, 1985 | Rhino - Elektra

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Pop - Released June 30, 2017 | simplyred.com ltd

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Pop - Released May 24, 2011 | simplyred.com ltd

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Pop - Released November 1, 2010 | Simplyred.com