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Front cover of Simplicity

Simplicity is the third and final solo album recorded by Tim Curry released on A&M Records in 1981. Curry recorded the album at The Hit Factory in New York City while concurrently appearing in the Broadway show Amadeus.

The LP was released in the early Summer of 1981 and was mostly cover versions of well-known songs, seasoned with Curry's dramatic flair. The reggae-flavored original "Working on My Tan" (reminiscent of "I Will" from his first LP, Read My Lips) was released as a single, but failed to get much notice. Los Angeles New Wave radio station KROQ chose to play The Lovin' Spoonful cover "Summer in the City" in its place, to some local success. A second single, the original ballad and title-track, "Simplicity," was also released that summer. The album managed to bubble under the Hot 100, peaking at #112 on the US LP charts.

"Working On My Tan", "Simplicity" and "Out Of Pawn" were included on the 1989 Best Of Tim Curry CD.

Track Listing

Side A
"Working On My Tan" (Bob Babbitt / Charles Collins / Tim Curry / Michael Kamen / Bob Kulick / Michael Tschudin) - (4:06)
"She's Not There" (Rod Argent) - (2:22)
"Simplicity" (Bob Babbitt / Charles Collins / Tim Curry) - (4:17)
"On A Roll" (Tim Curry / Michael Kamen) - (2:49)
"Take Me I'm Yours" (Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford) - (3:52)

Side B
"Dancing In The Streets" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter, W.Stevenson) - (3:00)
"Betty Jean" (Tim Curry,Michael Kamen) - (3:20)
"Out Of Pawn" (David Lasley, Lana Marrano) - (3:42)
"Summer In The City" (John Benson Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone) - (3:05)
"I Put A Spell On You" (Herbert Slotkin, "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins) - (3:31)

Singles from Simplicity

Working On My Tan/On A Roll ‎(7")
Working On My Tan ‎(7", Promo)
Simplicity/Betty Jean ‎(7")
Simplicity ‎(7", Promo)

Album Credits

Tim Curry – vocals
Earl Slick – guitar
Hank Crawford – saxophone
Howard Johnson – saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman – saxophone
David Sanborn – saxophone
Charlie Miller – trumpet
Art Baron – trombone
Michael Kamen – keyboards
Joe Newman – guitar
Bryant Montiro – guitar
John Siegler – bass
Noel Alphonso – drums
Jimmy Maelen – percussion
Laurel Massé, Gui Andresano, Ula Andrisano, Ula Hedwig, Seth, Dian Sorel, Sasha – background vocals

External Links

Tim Curry - Simplicity [1]
Simplicity at Allmusic [2]
Simplicity at Discogs [3]