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Simply Red – Money$ Too Tight (To Mention) (The Cutback Mix) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 8th, 2016


A. Front

“Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)” (sometimes stylized as “Money$ Too Tight (to Mention)” in some of its single and album releases) is a song written and first recorded by The Valentine Brothers, John Valentine and Billy Valentine, and released as a single in 1982.

It was covered by the British pop/soul group Simply Red in 1985. The Valentine Brothers’ version peaked at #41 on the Billboard R&B charts, while the Simply Red single went to #13 on the UK charts in 1985 and #28 on the Billboard U.S. pop chart in 1986. It was Simply Red’s first UK single. The song was also an international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries.

The lyrics concern a person with economic problems, and mentions Reaganomics, a set of economic policies implemented by U.S. president Ronald Reagan in order to encourage the growth of the American economy. The lyrics include the lines “the old man that’s over the hill”, and “did the earth move for you, Nancy?” He wants to borrow money, first from his brother who responds,”Brother I’d like to help you but I’m unable to”, then to his “Father, Father, almighty Father” who then responds “Money’s too tight to mention”.

Money$ Too Tight (To Mention) (The Cutback Mix) 8:36

Money$ Too Tight (To Mention) (7″ Version) 3:46
Arranged By – Simply Red

Money$ Too Tight (To Mention) (Instrumental Dub Version) 6:42

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Money’s Too Tight (to Mention) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #28
1985 Money’s Too Tight (to Mention) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #2


Label: Elektra ‎– ED 5088
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Pop Rock, Funk/Soul

Engineer – Femi “J”*
Mixed By – Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero
Producer – Stewart Levine
Written-By – Caroline Wiggins*, John & William Valentine*

Special versions from the LP “PICTURE BOOK”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Simply Red – Money$ Too Tight (To Mention) (The Cutback Mix) (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul a million. I don’t think the 7″ mix has ever appeared on cd before.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. Not sure if the Dub has been on CD either.


  2. David Says:

    It’s only available on a CD version of “Now That’s What I Call Music 1985”. But besides this it’s never been available anywhere. Nice to see a Simply Red upload Paul. The 12 inch releases from his album Picture Book and Men And Women are great. Most of them are hard to find. I hope you have some of them. They are more than welcome!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    There are already a couple of Simply Red records posted on the site but I do have a few more left to post 🙂


    David Reply:

    Ooh you do? That’s great. Looking forward to them. As a big fan i also grabbed the other 2 on this great blog.


  3. Jeff Says:

    Ooh, such a great post on a Friday!! I just love this song Paul. You really present such a spectrum of genres too. I am thrilled to death that we have the dub on here as well. Some dubs are so phenomenal. You just give out the pleasure DjPaulT. Many, many thanks. Hey, have a great weekend and please stay cool!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. We got a nice rain this morning so that was a pleasant break from the heat. Have a nice weekend 🙂


  4. Christian Says:

    Hi, Paul, there seems to be something wrong with the “24 Bit” link.
    Kind regards, Christian


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Christian it should be working now 🙂


    Christian Reply:

    Thanks! Good night!


  5. phil Says:

    One my favorites 80’s remixes! Thank you so much!


  6. michael Says:

    Great song well worth checking out the original by the Valentine brothers, and proof that Hucknel is a music lover.


  7. giorgio-greece Says:

    one of my favourite 80’s band!!!!

    thanx a lot dj!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Todd Says:

    Nice thanks Paul. I didnt hear the Cutback MIx until years after it first came out.. The version I first heard was the original 12″ Mix, which runs just over 6 mins, from the first UK 12″ I think. I don’t think that mix has ever been on CD (or has it – anyone know?), most compilations seem to use the Cutback Mix.


    Manu Reply:

    Todd, you can find the 12″ Mix (6’14”) on “so8os [soeighties] volume 9” compiled by Blank & Jones.


    Todd Reply:

    Aha! Brilliant – thanks Manu.


  9. radema Says:

    tks for this one paul.
    can you remaster aslo come to my aid UK 12″ and jericho 7″ which includes jericho the musical?



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