Stars (Simply Red album)

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Stars
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Studio album by Simply Red
Released 30 September 1991
Recorded 1991, Condulmer Recording Studio, Venice, Italy
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: 9 September 1991
  2. "Stars"
    Released: 18 November 1991
  3. "For Your Babies"
    Released: 27 January 1992
  4. "Thrill Me"
    Released: 21 April 1992
  5. "Your Mirror"
    Released: 13 July 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Stars is the fourth album by British-based 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". The album was a worldwide success, particularly in the band's home country where it has been certified twelve times platinum[2] and was the best-selling album of the year in the UK for both 1991 and 1992,[3][4] the first album to be the best-seller in two consecutive years since Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water in 1970–71. As of February 2014 it is the 14th best-selling album of all time in the UK.[5]

Stars was also the last album to feature member Tim Kellett, who started his own band Olive after touring.[citation needed] It is the only Simply Red album to feature Fritz McIntyre singing lead vocals, on the tracks "Something Got Me Started" and "Wonderland".

It was on the shortlist of nominees for the 1992 Mercury Prize. In 2000 Q placed Stars at number 80 in its list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever".[6]

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.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mick Hucknall, except where noted.

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

2008 Collectors Edition bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from original album liner notes.

Simply Red
  • Mick Hucknall – lead and background vocals
  • Fritz McIntyre – keyboards, additional vocals on "Something Got Me Started" and "Wonderland", background vocals on "Freedom"
  • Tim Kellett – keyboards
  • Heitor T P – guitars
  • Ian Kirkham – saxophone
  • Gota – drums, percussion and programming
  • Shaun Ward – bass guitar
Additional personnel
  • Jess Bailey – keyboard programming

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[29] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[30] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[31] 5× Gold 1,250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 12× Platinum 3,600,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Simply Red: Stars > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ BPI Certified Awards search
  3. ^ a b "Top 100 Albums". Music Week (London, England: Spotlight Publications): 21. 11 January 1992. 
  4. ^ a b "Top Albums". Music Week (London, England: Spotlight Publications): 10. 16 January 1993. 
  5. ^ Lane, Dan (10 February 2014). "Queen's Greatest Hits becomes first album to sell 6 million in the UK". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever!". Q (London, England: EMAP) (165): 59–95. June 2000. 
  7. ^ "Simply Red - Stars (CD Album listing)". discogs.com. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Simply Red – Stars" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 54, No. 24". RPM. 16 November 1991. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Simply Red – Stars" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Simply Red – Stars". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Simply Red | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  20. ^ "Simply Red – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Simply Red.
  21. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1991". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1991". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Top 100 Album – Jahrescharts 1991". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1991". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Albums 1992". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1992". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Top 100 Album – Jahrescharts 1992". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1992 – Alben". Swiss Music Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Simply Red – Stars" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Simply Red in the field Interpret. Enter Stars in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Simply Red – Stars". Music Canada. 
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Simply Red; 'Stars')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  32. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Simply Red; 'Stars')". Hung Medien. 
  33. ^ "British album certifications – Simply Red – Stars". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Stars in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  34. ^ "American album certifications – Simply Red – Stars". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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