Love and the Russian Winter

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Love and the Russian Winter
Studio album by Simply Red
Released 2 November 1999
Genre Rock, Soul, Dance
Length 47:31
Label East West Records
Producer Gota Yashiki, Andy Wright, Mick Hucknall
Simply Red chronology
Love and the Russian Winter
It's Only Love
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Love and the Russian Winter is the seventh studio album by Simply Red, released on 2 November 1999. It marks a distinct change from the band's preceding albums as it has a more computer generated sound. The album was put out mainly due to pressure from their record label to fulfil their contract. The musicians who featured most are: Hucknall, Wright, Yashiki, Jaimes, Kirkham and Suzuki, all of whom, apart from Yashiki, were still a part of Simply Red in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Mick Hucknall unless shown otherwise.

  1. "The Spirit of Life" – 4:42
  2. "Ain't That a Lot of Love" (Willia Dean Parker, Homer Banks)– 3:56
  3. "Your Eyes" – 4:15
  4. "The Sky Is a Gypsy" – 4:33
  5. "Back into the Universe" – 3:48
  6. "Words for Girlfriends" – 5:07
  7. "Thank You" – 4:01
  8. "Man Made the Gun" – 4:58
  9. "Close to You" – 4:33
  10. "More Than a Dream" – 3:52
  11. "Wave the Old World Goodbye" – 3:46

2008 Special Edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Ain't That a Lot of Love" [Phats & Small Mutant Disco Vocal Mix] - 6:08
  2. "Ain't That a Lot of Love" [Club 69 Underground Dub Mx] - 6:36
  3. "Your Eyes" [Mousse T Acoustic] - 3:54
  4. "Your Eyes" [Ignorants Remix] - 4:41
  5. "Your Eyes" [Jimmy Gomez Funky Mix] - 7:06


  • Vocals: Mick Huck­nall
  • Back­ing Vocals: Dee John­son, Sarah Brown, Mick Huck­nall
  • Gui­tars: Kenji Suzuki, Mark Jaimes, Greg Bone
  • Bass: Gota Yashiki, Andy Wright, Wayne Stob­bart, Tim Vine
  • Key­boards: Tim Vine, Andy Wright, Dom T, Aiden Love, Phil­lipe Man­jard, James Wilt­shire
  • Drums: Gota Yashiki, Geoff Hol­royde
  • Sax­o­phones: Ian Kirkham
  • Trom­bone: John John­son
  • Sax­o­phone and Flute: Chris De Mar­gary
  • Trum­pet: Kevin Robinson
  • Pro­gram­ming: Ned Douglas, James Wilt­shire. Andy Wright, Gota Yashiki
  • Pro­gram­ming and addi­tional pro­duc­tion on ‘Your Eyes’: Merv Pear­son