Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Simply Red - The Essentials (2002)


I was always fairly indifferent to Simply Red. Other than downloading the group's Hall & Oates/Ace rip-off Sunrise, I had never purchased any of their music until I saw this greatest hits compilation in a used bin in 2008.  It's pleasant enough, and singer Mick Hucknall has a good voice, but I rarely seek this out to listen to.  When I want blue-eyed soul, I usually go with Hall & Oates, The Commitments, or Teena Marie. Songs here were originally released in the years 1986-1995.  This compilation contains 12 tracks including the band's four US Top 40 hits.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  Holding Back The Years is a great song and probably the group's best.  Also good are the disco-ish Something Got Me Started, Stars, The Right Thing, and A New Flame.  I never cared for their cover of If You Don't Know Me By Know.  That track usually gets skipped along with Fairground and the lackluster version of Cole Porter's Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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