Simply Red – Picture Book

Published on 13 April 2019 by

      Simply Red – Picture Book is the debut album by British pop group Simply Red, released in October 1985. It contains the #1 single “Holding Back the Years”, the band’s most successful single, and a cover of The Valentine Brothers’ “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”. Three other singles were released from the album: “Come to My Aid”, “Jericho”, and “Open Up the Red Box”. The album includes ‘lively’ and ‘energetic’ groove beats and ballad orientated keyboard undertones that help songs such as ‘holding back the years’to be so so effective. Members Tim Kellett and Fritz Mcintyre are acclaimed by Hucknall to be the most influential in the album based on the distinctive sound of their playing.

      Simply Red – Picture Book is included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The album has been commercially successful, appearing in the top 30 album charts of 12 different countries, and achieving platinum certification sales in four different countries, including America and the UK.

      William Ruhlmann:  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).” 

Billboard Albums

Year Album Chart Peak
1986 Picture Book R&B Albums 26
1986 Picture Book The Billboard 200 16


Simply Red – Picture Book Tracklist

  1.  00:08 “Come to My Aid”
  2.  04:04 “Sad Old Red”
  3.  08:30 “Look at You Now”
  4.  11:31 “Heaven”
  5.  16:02 “Jericho”
  6.  21:59 “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”
  7.  26:08 “Holding Back The Years”
  8.  30:34 “(Open Up the) Red Box”
  9.  34:28 “No Direction”
  10.  38:08 “Picture Book”

Simply Red - Picture Book

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