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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Original recording
  • Label: East/West Records
  • ASIN: B000002IFL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on August 27, 2008
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simo on January 1, 2007
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L Hutchins VINE VOICE on January 23, 2005
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The first time I listened to this, I didn't think much of it. The more times I listened to it, the better it sounded. I would call it somewhat subtle and it doesn't just slap you up on the side of the head. The more I listen to it, the better it sounds. It is also one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again without really getting sick of it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
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This CD flows so well!! This is one of those CDs you put on and kick back with the one that you love. My favorite track is "Moneys Too Tight (to mention). I also love "Holding Back the years" and "No Direction". A true must have. Simply great!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul HItch on November 28, 2004
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I was just 14 or 15 when this first came out.

A neighbour of mine kept playing it really loud. It reminds me of my teenage years.

Love all the songs, especially " Holding back the years" and " Come to my aid"

Essential late night music!
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I was first exposed to SIMPLY RED in the mid 1980's when under "deprived" circumstances (okay, when in prison, if you must know!) A Black inmate gave me a copied cassette tape. As a long time soul music lover, I was "whacked." Whoever came up with "Blue Eyed Soul" must have been looking at Red! But with release AND switching from Cassettes to CD's Red's stuff dropped into obscurity.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and when I again accidently bumped into "Red" watching a you-tube video, I was gobsmacked!
NOw having some money, I bought not only PICTURE BOOK but some of his later CD's - totaling about four. And while the others do have their great tunes - here and there - none of them matches the raw, youthful passion and creative brilliance of PICTURE BOOK.
I listen to a lot of music and there just ain't nobody out there who sounds at all like Mick Hucknall. Listening to his stuff is like eating a marshmallow you've toasted on a camp fire to intentionally let burn: an intense raunchy high pitched voice which wants to curdle your ears (the burned part of the 'mallow) while at the same time you get a smooth sweetness (the lush instrumental backings.) Taken together, it's sensory overload!
As I note, Red's later releases, some of them very tuneful with a wider commercial appeal, for me cannot replicate the raw intensity and striking originality of this first, most youthful offering (Picture Book.)
The first cut, "Come To My Aid" has always been a bit TOO frenetic for my personal taste, but the Jazzy SAD OLD RED, the ironic HEAVEN, and the struttin' high-heels funky RED BOX remain timeless classics. But sitting by itself as a pinnacle piece of music remains HOLDING BACK THE YEARS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musiclover on January 10, 2013
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I bought this CD back when it first came out but it was damaged during a move. I've been meaning to replace it but couldn't find it until I looked it up on Amazon. The music is a mix between pop and jazz and very nice to listen to.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chris jennings on February 25, 2002
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I'll admit, I bought this LP to get Holding Back The Years,but I was surprised to find this band does so many different styles of music. I became an instant fan. Because each song is so completely different, it had the most variety of any album since SgtPepper. It had Funk/Disco (Moneys Too Tight/Come To My Aid)-Disco songs with deep lyrics? It had 40's niteclub jazz-Sad Old Red. The title track was gothic with reggae drums. Open Up The Red Box is like James Brown. Heaven is straight blues. No Direction and Look At You Now are straight ahead rockers. Nevertheless, if you like albums that take you on a journey, this is one.They never did a complete album this good again, but songs like Fairground and Hillside Avenue from the 1995 cd LIFE come close in originality.
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