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)
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]

  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. "Night Nurse"
  9. "Broken Man"
  10. "Come Get Me Angel"
  11. "Ghetto Girl"
  12. "Love Has Said Goodbye Again"
  13. "High Fives"

Japan bonus track[edit]

  1. "So Jungiful"

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).

  • 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: 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