This Super Hot stamper promo British pressing has some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album, Simply Red’s third and in my opinion their BEST. This is where it all came together for the band, especially in the writing department. These songs about love (few popular songs are about anything else when you stop to think about it) harken back to the days when there was such a thing as “Blue-Eyed Soul Music”, a cross between real soul music and the standard radio-friendly pop song. Hall and Oates, Smokey Robinson (not exactly blue-eyed but definitely the right sound); the music of these artists combines pop craftsmanship with real soul.
I love this album! Every track is good; the slow ones are the best but unlike their previous records the uptempo tracks are taken at a more modest and listenable pace. The two tracks that open side one are two of the best the band ever recorded.
The domestic pressings we’ve heard are clearly made from dub tapes and are to be avoided. This is true for the second album as well.
However, the first album on domestic vinyl is mastered by Bernie Grundman from the real master tapes and the imports are the ones made from dubs.
Records are complicated. Simplistic rules of thumb are often unhelpful if not downright misleading.