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Simply Red

Live at Montreux 2003 BluRay

Review by Gary Hill

While Simply Red’s sound seems so tied to one specific point in time, they are really a lot more timeless than that. Their performance here is powerful and the video and audio are both top-notch. Since the Montreux Festival is billed as a jazz festival, this act is far better suited for a performance there than a lot of other acts that have graced that stage. The music here is often soulful and the show just has a lot of universal appeal. Personally, I’d have to say that I think the hits are the weakest numbers on show here. These guys are talented and this show would be a great introduction to those less familiar with the act while getting a “must have” recommendation for diehard fans.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 3 at

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