Blue (Simply Red album)

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Blue
Studio album by Simply Red
Released 19 May 1998
Recorded 1997 - 1998
Genre Rock, Soul, Dance-Pop
Label East West Records
Producer AGM Andy Wright, Gota Yashiki, Mick Hucknall; Stevie J. Jordan ("The Air That I Breathe (Reprise)")
Simply Red chronology
Life
(1995)
Blue
(1998)
Love and the Russian Winter
(1999)
Singles from Blue
  1. "Night Nurse"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Say You Love Me"
    Released: May 1998
  3. "The Air That I Breathe"
    Released: 1998
  4. "Ghetto Girl"
    Released: 1998
  5. "Mellow My Mind"
    Released: 1998
  6. "To Be Free"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars Review

Blue is the sixth studio album by Simply Red, released on East West Records on 19 May, 1998.

The album includes five cover versions: "Mellow My Mind" from the 1975 Neil Young album Tonight's the Night; two versions of the frequently-covered "The Air That I Breathe" written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood; the Gregory Isaacs hit "Night Nurse"; and "Ghetto Girl" by Dennis Brown, from whom the band would cover another song in 2003. New versions of previously recorded Simply Red songs also appear here: "Come Get Me Angel" is a re-written version of the 1996 single "Angel", and "Broken Man" was first released as a B-side in 1987.The inlay to the album only features Mick and his production team Andy Wright and Gota Yashiki in photograph. This is a first for a simply red album as all before it featured the various musicians credited.

"The Air That I Breathe Reprise" samples "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp.

"So Jungiful", found on the Japanese edition of the album, is a jungle remix of "So Beautiful" from the band's previous album, Life.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mick Hucknall, except where noted.

  1. "Mellow My Mind" (Neil Young) - 3:55
  2. "Blue" - 4:38
  3. "Say You Love Me" - 3:43
  4. "To Be Free" - 4:04
  5. "The Air That I Breathe" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood) - 4:24
  6. "Someday in My Life" - 4:03
  7. "The Air That I Breathe Reprise" - 4:35
  8. "Night Nurse" (Gregory Isaacs, Sylvester Weise) - 3:57
  9. "Broken Man" - 3:34
  10. "Come Get Me Angel" - $4:02
  11. "Ghetto Girl" - 3:31
  12. "Love Has Said Goodbye Again" - 3:14
  13. "High Fives" - 3:52

Japan bonus track[edit]

  1. "So Jungiful"

2008 Special Edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Ghetto Girl" [Blood & Fire Sound System Remix]
  2. "To Be Free" [Livin' Joy A-Hanetta Mix]
  3. "Love Has Said Goodbye Again" [Rae & Christian Mix]
  4. "So Jungiful"
  5. "Tu Sei Dentro Di Me" [Someday in My Life]

U.S. 12-track edition[edit]

  1. "Mellow My Mind"
  2. "Blue"
  3. "Say You Love Me"
  4. "To Be Free"
  5. "The Air That I Breathe"
  6. "Someday in My Life"
  7. "The Air That I Breathe Reprise"
  8. "Broken Man"
  9. "Come Get Me Angel"
  10. "Night Nurse"
  11. "Love Has Said Goodbye Again"
  12. "High Fives"

Personnel[edit]

(The band members that appeared in the live line-up during the Blue Tour [and also during the two-year promotion of the next Simply Red album – Love and the Russian Winter – which was released a year later, in 1999] – are listed in bold).

  • Lead vocals: Mick Hucknall
  • Backing vocals: Dee Johnson, Sarah Brown & Mick Hucknall
  • Guitars: Mark Jaimes, Tony Remy, Kenji Suzuki (credited as Kenji Jammer in the booklet of the album), Gitsy Wills & Bub Roberts
  • Bass guitar: CJ Taylor, Robbie Shakespeare & Steve Lewinson
  • Keyboards: Tim Vine, Paul Carrack, Alan Clark & Robert Lyn
  • Drums: Gota Yashiki, Velroy Bailey, Sly Dunbar & Geoff Holroyde
  • DJ: Dom T
  • Brass: Ian Kirkham (saxophones), John Johnson (trombone), Mike Greenwood (trumpet and flugelhorn) & Demo Morselli (trumpet)
  • Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra of London, arranged and conducted by David Sinclair Whitaker
Preceded by
Version 2.0 by Garbage
Where We Belong by Boyzone
UK number one album
30 May 1998 – 5 June 1998
13 June 1998 – 19 June 1998
Succeeded by
Where We Belong by Boyzone
The Good Will Out by Embrace