Stars (Simply Red album)

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Stars
Studio album by Simply Red
Released 30 September 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop, blue-eyed soul
Length 41:17
Label EastWest Records
Producer Stewart Levine
Simply Red chronology
A New Flame
(1989)
Stars
(1991)
Life
(1995)
Singles from Stars
  1. "Something Got Me Started"
    Released: September 1991
  2. "Stars"
    Released: November 1991
  3. "For Your Babies"
    Released: February 1992
  4. "Thrill Me"
    Released: April 1992
  5. "Your Mirror"
    Released: July 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Stars is the fourth album by British pop/soul/jazz band Simply Red, released in September 1991. Five singles were released from the album including the UK top ten hits "Stars" and "For Your Babies". Domestically it was a huge hit, becoming the best selling album in the UK for both 1991 and 1992 and according to the BPI certification of 12 times platinum, the joint 6th highest selling album of all time in the UK. It was on the short list of nominees for the 1992 Mercury Prize.

It was also the last album to feature member Tim Kellett, who started his own band after touring.[citation needed] Stars is the only album to feature Fritz McIntyre singing lead vocals, on the track Wonderland.

In 2000 Q magazine placed Stars at number 80 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[citation needed]

Stars was re-issued in 2008 as a collectors edition 2CD with bonus DVD digipack. On 20 April 2008, a copy of the album was given away with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday.[2]

Singles[edit]

Three singles were released from the 'Stars' LP. "Something Got Me Started" reached number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100; "Stars" reached number 44; "For Your Babies" failed to chart.[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

  • Mick Hucknall - vocals & background vocals
  • Fritz McIntyre - keyboards, vocals & background vocals
  • Tim Kellett - keyboards, bass on "Model" [live backing vocals]
  • Heitor T P - guitars [live backing vocals on "Thrill Me"]
  • Ian Kirkham - saxophone [live percussion]
  • Gota - drums, percussion & programs
  • Shaun Ward - bass guitar [live backing vocals]
Guest musicians
  • Jess Bailey - keyboard programming
  • Rowetta - backing vocals on "Freedom"

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
  1. "Something Got Me Started" (Mick Hucknall/Fritz McIntyre) - 4:01
  2. "Stars" (Hucknall) - 4:08
  3. "Thrill Me" (Hucknall/McIntyre) - 5:04
  4. "Your Mirror" (Hucknall) - 3:59
  5. "She's Got It Bad" (Hucknall) - 3:33
Side two
  1. "For Your Babies" (Hucknall) - 4:17
  2. "Model" (Hucknall) - 3:46
  3. "How Could I Fall" (Hucknall) - 4:45
  4. "Freedom" (Hucknall) - 3:52
  5. "Wonderland" (Hucknall) - 3:49

2008 Collectors Edition bonus tracks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Simply Red: Stars > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Simply Red - Stars (CD Album listing)". discogs.com. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Waking Up the Neighbours by Bryan Adams
Chorus by Erasure
Greatest Hits II by Queen
High on the Happy Side by Wet Wet Wet
Wish by The Cure
UK number one album
12 October 1991 – 25 October 1991
2 November 1991 – 8 November 1991
4 January 1992 – 7 February 1992
22 February 1992 – 13 March 1992
9 May 1992 – 22 May 1992
Succeeded by
Chorus by Erasure
Greatest Hits II by Queen
High on the Happy Side by Wet Wet Wet
Divine Madness by Madness
1992 - The Love Album by Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine