This LP was Tim's third and final album as a solo artist. Like Fearless before it this record combined a mixture of covers and original material written and composed by Tim and his band. Tim was working on Simplicity during a particularly busy period of his career which is summed up in the song 'On A Roll' where we hear the lyrics 'if you stop to think you'll fall, gotta go, gotta do, that's all'. Tim was working on the movie Annie in the mornings, recording Simplicity in the afternoons and performing on Broadway as Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus by night. He was also filming the movie Times Square around all of this. The mixture of songs on this album remain eclectic but there are several emotional ballads, inlcuding the title song Simplicty written by Tim himself, that really show off his vocal ability.
The songs 'Working On My Tan', 'Simplicity' and 'Out Of Pawn' were all re-released in 1989 as part of the Best Of Tim Curry CD.
Produced & arranged by Michael Kamen for Mother Fortune Productions
Engineered & re-mixed by Bruce Tergesen at The Hit Factory, N.Y.C.
Assistant Engineer - Chris Tergesen
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, N.Y.C.
Tim Curry is managed by Clodagh Wallace for Cameron Music, Inc.
Michael Kamen - Keyboards, Oboe
Earl Slick - Lead Guitar
Noel Alphonso - Drums
John Siegler - Bass
Bryant Montiro - Guitar
Joel Newman - Guitar
David Sanborn - Alto Sax
More musicians and friends:
Charlie Miller - Trumpet
Hank Crawford - Alto Sax
David "Fathead" Newman - Tenor Sax
Art Baron - Trombone
Howard Johnson - Baritone Sax
Jimmy Maelen - Percussion
Background Vocals - Gui Andrisano, Ula Hedwig, Laurel Massé, Dian Sorel, Sasha and Seth
Art Direction - Jeff Ayeroff, Chuck Beeson
Design - Lynn Robb
Photography - Edo
Lettering - Paula Greif
Production Assistant - Susan Kaplow
Fine Coffees and Food - "Gregory's"
Thanks to Eddie, Jerry, Sharon, Claire, Monica, Andy Surfer, Manny, Bill Dern, and Larry Chaplin
Special thanks with feeling to Mark Rebennack
Special thanks to Burce Tergesen for his invaluable production assistance
To Sandra, Sasha, Zoe and Morgan - M.K.
Earl Slick appears courtesy of CBS Records
David Sanborn appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Noel Alphonso and Cleon Douglas appear courtesy of Modern Records
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