Blue (Simply Red album)
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|Studio album by Simply Red|
|Released||19 May 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|
|Singles from Blue|
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 rewritten version of the 1996 single "Angel", and "Broken Man" was first released as a B-side in 1987. Mick Hucknall and the production team of Andy Wright and Gota Yashiki are the only musicians featured in the Blue CD booklet's photography; this is a first for a Simply Red album, as all prior albums featured photos of the various band members credited.
All songs written by Mick Hucknall, except where noted.
- "Mellow My Mind" (Neil Young) – 3:55
- "Blue" – 4:38
- "Say You Love Me" – 3:43
- "To Be Free" – 4:04
- "The Air That I Breathe" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood) – 4:24
- "Someday in My Life" – 4:03
- "The Air That I Breathe Reprise" – 4:35
- "Night Nurse" (Gregory Isaacs, Sylvester Weise) – 3:57
- "Broken Man" – 3:34
- "Come Get Me Angel" – 4:02
- "Ghetto Girl" (Dennis Brown) – 3:31
- "Love Has Said Goodbye Again" – 3:14
- "High Fives" – 2:49
Japan bonus track
- "So Jungiful"
2008 Special Edition bonus tracks
- "Ghetto Girl" [Blood & Fire Sound System Remix]
- "To Be Free" [Livin' Joy A-Hanetta Mix]
- "Love Has Said Goodbye Again" [Rae & Christian Mix]
- "So Jungiful"
- "Tu Sei Dentro Di Me" [Someday in My Life]
U.S. 12-track edition
- "Mellow My Mind"
- "Say You Love Me"
- "To Be Free"
- "The Air That I Breathe"
- "Someday in My Life"
- "The Air That I Breathe Reprise"
- "Broken Man"
- "Come Get Me Angel"
- "Night Nurse"
- "Love Has Said Goodbye Again"
- "High Fives"
(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
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