Album Notes: "It's Only Love" is an album by Simply Red. It was released in 2000 on East West Records. It peaked at #27 in the United Kingdom and #35 in Germany. The album is a compilation album primarily featuring the band's love ballads.
Best of Simply Red: Holding Back the Years 1985-1997 contains all of Simply Red's biggest British and American hits, including "Holding Back the Years," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Something Got Me Started." In addition to the well-known singles, there are two new tracks added to the collection, including "Angel," a duet with the Fugees. Simply Red always worked better on singles than albums, making this single-disc compilation an excellent introduction.
Life failed to deliver on the glories of Stars largely because the album lacked the strong original songwriting of its predecessor. Similarly, Blue, the follow-up to Life, is weak on original material. However, Mick Hucknall makes up for the deficits by assembling a good collection of outside material, ranging from Gregory Isaacs' "Night Nurse" to Neil Young's "Mellow My Mind." Initially, Blue was going to be a covers album, and judging by these numbers – along with Dennis Brown's "Ghetto Girl" and one of the two versions of the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe," not the superfluous chart-grabbing Stevie J. production that replicates all the bad parts of Puff Daddy – it would have been a great, sultry listen.
This five-disc set, part of Rhino's priced-to-move Original Album Series, features five complete recordings from the Simply Red discography, including the group's 1985 debut Picture Book, 1987's Men and Women, 1989's A New Flame, 1991's Stars, and 1995's Life.
The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead. Features the U.S. number-one "Holding Back the Years" and the U.K. Top 20 "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)."
The highlight of Simply Red’s 2003 summer tour was performed against the stunning backdrop of the open-air amphitheatre in Taormina.‘Home Live In Sicily’ is a record of that night and features 90 minutes of classic hits old and new. Filmed on 23rd July and remastered in DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, it includes multi-angle camera work plus a “Mick Cam” option.