Black - Any Colour You Like

  Performer: Black

  Title: Any Colour You Like

  Size: 1098 mb

  Genre: Pop

  MP3 / FLAC

Label: Nero Schwarz ‎– none
Type: 16 x File, FLAC, Compilation, + lossy Types
Country: UK
Date of released: 05 Sep 2011
Category: Pop
Style: Ballad


1 Wonderful Life [2002] 4:50
2 Sweetest Smile [2011] 5:24
3 Water On Snow [2010 Live] 7:30
4 Tomorrow Is Another Night [2011 Remix] 3:15
5 Fly Up To The Moon [2000 Live] 3:33
6 Let Me Watch You Make Love [2000 Live] 2:44
7 Too Many Times [2000 Live] 5:02
8 Swingtime 5:36
9 Ave Lolita 5:25
10 The Way She Was Before 3:34
11 Better Letting Go 4:40
12 Two Churches 5:09
13 Stormy Waters 3:57
14 Her Coat And No Knickers 5:52
15 Sleeper 4:02
16 Where The River Bends 5:16

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It’s about time
Colin Vearncombe first stepped onto a stage as Black in January 1981 and a journey began.
Over the course of the next decade, four Black albums and more than a dozen singles were
released by three independent labels and two major record companies resulting in several
million record sales. By 1992 heʼd been to most of the places heʼd ever had a hankering to
visit, endured the terrible highs and fabulous lows of fame and learned many things —
largely about himself. Two of these self-realisations were that first; he had no desire to follow
a path that was commercially interesting to a modern record label and second; he craved the
creative freedom and control over his work that he could only obtain by owning his own label
and copyrights. Nero Schwarz was formed for that exact purpose and has since released
eight studio albums, four live albums and one collection of mainly unreleased recordings and
now itʼs time to compile a record that represents some of the highlights of the journey — so
Time to choose
Thirty years of songwriting means the choice of what to include (and what to leave out) was
agonisingly hard. Too hard. We couldnʼt do it. We decided to let the fans choose instead, but
with over 120 recordings to select from, we needed a shortlist. We asked for help from the
die-hard supporters who had made up the studio audience for two live performances in
London at the end of October 2010. Their shortlist wasnʼt exactly short. They suggested
seventy different tracks. It was apparent that they were having as hard a time trying to pick
their favourites as we were. It also became clear that while Colinʼs music is often stubbornly
non-genre and is even sometimes perceived as being anti-commercial, every single song in
the catalogue is passionately loved by somebody, somewhere. Trying to select seventy
minutes of music to represent a wide-ranging body of work was starting to look impossible.
But we couldn't give up so we chose the top 25 from that list, created an online poll and then
asked everyone on the Blacklist (Colinʼs mailing list — no pun left unpunned) to vote for their
Thatʼs when the complaints started: ʻOh but you havenʼt included. . . thatʼs his best song
ever!ʼ and ʻbut you canʼt leave off. . . I got married to that!ʼ and so on. All of which goes to
prove that not only can you not please everyone all the time, you canʼt please anyone, ever.
However, three weeks and thousands of votes later, some songs had naturally risen to the
top of the list - including the Nero Schwarz-owned re-recordings of Wonderful Life and
Sweetest Smile. This compilation is the result. Here are the top fifteen tracks as voted by the
fans plus, as an added bonus, a brand-new re-mix of a song from the latest studio album,
Water On Stone; Tomorrow is Another Night.
Captured moments
There was one final unanswered question; which versions of the top fifteen do we use? That
question was a lot easier to answer: The best ones. The version of Wonderful Life was
recorded to be virtually identical to the original hit but we think the new version of Sweetest
Smile is even better than the original. This demonstrates two things; what a great song it is
and how well Colinʼs voice has matured during the intervening 25 years. Water On Snow has
long been a stage-favourite and on the second night of the live sessions in October,
something amazing had occurred - a version of the song that was transcendent. Everyone
who was present knew it. The stunned silence after the last note evaporated said it all. Magic
was in the air and we had it on tape. The new mix of Tomorrow is Another Night came about
because David Bickley, who directed the Water on Stone film in 2010, had persistently bent
Colinʼs ear over the course of several months about there being a better way of presenting
that song. As a rule, Colin never lets anyone have access to the multi-track masters but
David is enthusiasm personified and very hard to say no to. We like the result, but weʼre not
going to admit he was right — you choose.
Sometimes the best versions of songs are the simplest. Fly Up To The Moon and Let Me
Watch You Make Love were originally recorded for A&M in the late 1980s however in
November of 1999 Colin had spent a day singing and playing in Abbey Road Studios and the
resulting recordings of these songs were so beautiful and pure that they were obvious
choices for this collection. Too Many Times, recorded live at the Bassline in Melville,
Johannesburg in 2001, was another captured moment and a poignant memory of a great
show and an unrepeatable experience. The original Bassline closed itʼs doors for the last
time in 2003 and was reborn as part of the Newtown Cultural Precinct a year later. Itʼs still
going strong and virtually every major South African music star has performed there.
Are We Having Fun Yet was the first studio album released (in 1993) by Nero Schwarz. It
was recorded in Mike Hedgeʼs (Associates, Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Manic Street
Preachers, Beautiful South, U2, Travis, Texas, Dido and many, many more) studio in
Normandy, France. The two songs chosen from this album by the fans are so different to
each other they seem to encapsulate Colinʼs eclecticism. As if to mark a departure point in
his musical journey, that was the last Black album for over a decade. Colinʼs next record,
The Accused, was released six years later under his own name and, with songs such as
The Way She Was Before, Sleeper and Itʼs Better Letting Go, produced reviews that focused
on what was called his ʻtrademark reflective melancholyʻ — themes he continued to explore
through Water On Snow and Smoke Up Close .
By 2005, Black was back with an album of harder-edged songs. No less reflective and
occasionally even autobiographical, Between Two Churches was a tour de force recorded
with the musicians Colin had played with in South Africa along with those who would later
play at that magical session in October 2010. Two Churches and Her Coat and No Knickers
are two very different songs that are, nevertheless, very Black.
Stormy Waters, a song originally written for Smoke Up Close was given the full Black
treatment for Water On Stone , and shows Colin in a more aggressive mood. Finally,
the album closes with the sublime Where The River Bends, re-mixed for inclusion in the film
ʻThe Pierʼ . A song that reminds us that a true artist is always striving for something
that seems beyond reach, like the task of encapsulating a career in a handful of songs.
This record is an attempt to do exactly that. Any Colour You Like is a multi-faceted
compilation from a complex and eclectic artist, chosen by his fans for those who would be.
© 2011 Nero Schwarz Ltd.

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Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
NEROCD16 Black Any Colour You Like ‎(CD, Comp, Promo) Nero Schwarz NEROCD16 UK 2011