SIMPLY RED / “It’s Only Love”

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3 Responses to “SIMPLY RED / “It’s Only Love””

Stephanie Renee Says:
October 28th, 2007 at 8:45 am

Funny enough, one of my fave Simply Red songs (not that I have a lot of them, mind you) is their/his version of “Money’s Too Tight To Mention,” which isn’t included in this week’s lineup.

Fear not of your father’s adminishments, Mtume. Sometimes we just like what we like. I may be the only person in the universe who owns the Doctor Ice (formerly of UTFO) solo album. Used to work in a CD store in college, so there are several head-hanging faves in my collection. 🙂

ajani tafari Says:
October 28th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bit of ‘Red. Holding back the years came at a crucial period in my life. It expressed everything that I was going true. It still resonates with me today. A little bit of blue-eyed soul ain’t bad.

Robert Says:
December 16th, 2007 at 1:13 pm

I too had forgotten that “It’s Only Love” is a cover; I’ve never heard the original. Simply Red’s cover of “Ain’t That a Lot of Love” (I’m not sure who sang it first) is the best part of 1999’s “Love and the Russian Winter,” which is their weakest album. They’ve covered Aretha Franklin’s “Angel” twice, first on 1996’s “Greatest Hits” (a collaboration with the Fugees) and then on 1998’s “Blue,” but there it was retitled “Come Get Me Angel” and new lyrics were added. “Come Get Me Angel” is one of their best covers/reworkings, if you ask me. “Blue” was originally supposed to be a covers-only album, but then Hucknall started getting ideas and writing new songs of his own. Original compositions like “Someday in My Life,” from “Blue,” or “Smile,” from 2005’s “Simplified” (which is, essentially, an album of Simply Red covering itself), almost sound like they could be written by Cole Porter himself, which adds to the is-it-a-cover-or-not-a musical fusion/confusion.

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