Picture Book is the debut album by British pop group Simply Red, released in October 1985. The album is included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album helped Simply Red earn a 1987 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. "Holding Back The Years" was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. 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…
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This picture book was composed in 1940 to display choice pieces from the Museum's Near East jewelry collection. Along with its array of photographs, the assembling curators have provided an introductory essay on the history and cultures that surround each of these carefully crafted ornaments, as well as the techniques used to produce them.
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)."