Life (Simply Red album)

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Life
Studio album by Simply Red
Released 24 October 1995
Genre Rock, Soul, Pop, Adult contemporary
Length 47:18
Label East West Records
Producer Mick Hucknall, Stewart Levine
Simply Red chronology
Stars
(1991)
Life
(1995)
Greatest Hits
(1996)
Singles from Life
  1. "Fairground"
    Released: 18 September 1995
  2. "Remembering the First Time"
    Released: November 1995
  3. "Never Never Love"
    Released: February 1996
  4. "We're in This Together"
    Released: June 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Life is the fifth studio album by British band Simply Red, released in 1995. The lead single "Fairground" became their first number 1 hit in the UK. Due to this success, the album also made #1 on the UK album chart. It also included "We're in This Together", the official theme song for Euro '96. This was also the last album to feature band member Fritz McIntyre.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Mick Hucknall

  1. "You Make Me Believe" – 3:51
  2. "So Many People" – 5:19
  3. "Lives and Loves" – 3:21
  4. "Fairground" – 5:33
  5. "Never Never Love" – 4:19
  6. "So Beautiful" – 4:58
  7. "Hillside Avenue" – 4:45
  8. "Remembering the First Time" – 4:43
  9. "Out on the Range" – 6:00
  10. "We're in This Together" – 4:14

2008 Special Edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Fairground" [Rollo and Sister Bliss Remix] - 9:06
  2. "Remembering the First Time" [Satoshi Tomie Classic 12" Mix] - 8:53
  3. "Never Never Love" [Too Precious Club Radio Mix] - 4:22
  4. "We're in This Together" [Universal Feeling Mix] - 4:15
  5. "You Make Me Believe" [Howie B Mix] - 4:01

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Sly Dunbar - drums and programming
  • Robbie Shakespeare - bass guitar
  • Bootsy Collins - bass guitar
  • Ritchie Stevens - drums
  • Danny Cummings - percussion
  • Hugh Masekela - flugelhorn
  • Andy Wright - programming, keyboards and string arrangement
  • Umoja Singers Chorale
  • The London Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Caroline Dale - string arrangement and conduction

The video for “Never Never Love” featured several women, including British actresses Billie Whitelaw and Stephanie Beacham.

Charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[32] 23
Italian Albums Chart[33] 30
Swiss Albums Chart[34] 43
UK Albums Chart[35] 4
Chart (1996) Position
Australian Albums Chart[36] 41
UK Albums Chart[37] 44

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References[edit]

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  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
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