Life (Simply Red album)

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Life
Simply Red Life.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 October 1995
GenreRock, Soul, Pop, Adult contemporary
Length47:18
LabelEast West Records
ProducerMick Hucknall, Stewart Levine
Simply Red chronology
The Montreux EP
(1992)
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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [3]

Life is the fifth studio album by British pop and soul 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]

The video for "Never Never Love" featured several women, including British actresses Billie Whitelaw and Stephanie Beacham, and fashion models like Kirsten Owen, for example.

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Mick Hucknall and Stewart Levine
  • Album Coordinator – Merv Pearson
  • Engineered and Mixed by Roland Herrington and Femi Jiya
  • Assistant Engineers – Jake Davies, Aiden Love, Bernard O'Reilly and Andy Strange.
  • Recorded at Planet 4 Studios (Manchester, England); AIR Studios (London, England); Downtown Studios (Johannesburg, South Africa).
  • Mixed at Whitfield Street Studios (London, England).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Mat Cook and Zanna
  • Design – Mat Cook
  • Photography – Zanna
  • Management – Lisa Barbaris, Andy Dodd and Elliot Rashman at So What Arts, Ltd.

Charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[38] 23
German Albums Chart[39] 26
Italian Albums Chart[40] 30
Swiss Albums Chart[41] 43
UK Albums Chart[42] 4
Chart (1996) Position
Australian Albums Chart[43] 41
German Albums Chart[44] 33
UK Albums Chart[45] 44

References[edit]

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