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Picture Book [CD, Original recording]

Simply RedAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 10 Songs, 2014 $9.49  
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Audio CD, CD, Original recording, 1990 $16.57  
Vinyl, 1985 --  
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listen  2. Sad Old Red 6:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Look At You Now 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Holding Back The Years 4:26Album Only
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listen  9. No Direction 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Picture Book 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY MUSIC AT ITS BEST August 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless January 1, 2007
By Simo
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple taste of Heaven! December 8, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant early simply red November 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Showcase Of 50 Years of Different Musical Styles February 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some album; very underated April 15, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow, this album has history for me. The very first time I remember hearing it was when my mom would drive me to Baseball practice when I was 7 or 8 years old. I loved it then, and now I'm 25, I still love it. Such great songs that get you in the mood to sing or groove or what have you... Anyway, this album is one of my favorite Vinyls to listen to. Just so fluent and charming of an album. I highly recommend it. I'm an 80's freak babaaay, and this one is one of the best!! Give it a try, you'll love it. Risky: BEST SIMPLY RED ALBUM BY FAR, INCLUDING GREATEST HITS ALBUMS. This is the one. Classic 85 memories coming back now..... Enjoy!! Miami Vice Rules
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Grows on You January 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD
My all time favorite group - everything they do is amazing!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This has some really great material on it that most will enjoy, it has some really slow tunes and jazzy ones as well.
Published 7 months ago by J.D.
I was first exposed to SIMPLY RED in the mid 1980's when under "deprived" circumstances (okay, when in prison, if you must know! Read more
Published 8 months ago by joesurfsand
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic.
This is a terrific CD, the first for Brit Soul/blues band Simply Red. A few songs on this CD have become classics. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Avery Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Mick Hucknall
This is one of my favorite albums from the 80s. It has been so nice to hear it again in the new century.
Published 14 months ago by Nan
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Book
I received both the DVD & Vinyl. I love this group and had to have them for my Simply Red collection!
Published 19 months ago by Cheryl Edmunds
5.0 out of 5 stars wher did they go?
this was one of the most talented cross over groups ever! the voice and musical structure is out of this world. Read more
Published 19 months ago by travis j george
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Bought this to replace one of my old favorite cassettes that is all scratched and worn out, nice to hear all the tracks clean and clear again.
Published 21 months ago by R. Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars i wish they had made more music
i could listen to this cd over and over forever. it's jazzy and great vocals. simply red is simply fabulous. cd arrived ok and in good shape.
Published 22 months ago by jill
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Since my dad died early this year, I've, without thinking, gravitated towards a lot of 1980s music. I hated a lot of this on release--was listening to 1960s music--and when I hear... Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Old Red Erased My Blues
Needless to say, this is the first album by an act which has rarely been paralleled in popular music, Simply Red. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Eric B. Gordon
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