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Any Colour You Like (Volume 1)

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Any Colour You Like (Volume 1)
Any Colour You Like (Volume 1)


Colin Vearncombe, the artist sometimes known as Black, was born in Liverpool on 26th May 1962, in the week that Elvis Presley's Good Luck Charm was at number one. Like many nascent musicians, it was viewing of Elvis's movie Jailhouse Rock that fired his youthful imagination and spurred him onto picking up a cricket bat (for a guitar!). Black signed to A&M after "Wonderful Life" was first released in 1981 on the Ugly Man label, denting the Top 75. Colin says 'I Liked Chris Briggs at A&M so I signed with them'. The multi million selling "Wonderful Life" debut was followed by the sardonically titled "Comedy". "Comedy", his most lyrical album, failed to reach the height of his debut and relations with A&M became strained and after the third critically acclaimed album "Black" failed to sell, Black and A&M parted company. Colin then set up his own label Nero Schwarz Label in 1993 and its first release was the fourth Black album titled "Are We Having Fun Yet?". Once again the album enjoyed critical success and after a long hiatus in which Colin took time out to think long and hard about what exactly it was he wanted from his musical career he has been recording and playing live under his own name or as Black. The original CD version released at the end of 2011 of Any Colour You Like is compiled from fans choices for what songs they voted for inclusion on the compilation. The songs are taken from all Colins Nero Schwarz albums plus two specially re-recorded versions of Wonderful Life and Sweetest Smile. Both these special vinyl editions of Volume 1 kick off with Wonderful Life and are available as a single 8 track LP in a gatefold sleeve and a Limited 2LP Hardback Book Collectors Edition featuring a second disc of four extra tracks. The hardback book features a 16page booklet with a interview with Colin, lyrics to all the songs and excerpts from his recent poetry book 'I Am Not The Same Person'. Each disc is pressed on remastered 180g vinyl and packaged in newly designed inner sleeves. The second volume will follow later in 2013 and will complete the set. Vinyl 180 will continue to release further albums of Colins from Nero Schwarz throughout 2013 and into 2014.


  1. Name
  2. Wonderful Life
  3. Water On Snow
  4. Tomorrow Is Another Night
  5. Fly Up To The Moon
  6. Let Me Watch You Make Love
  7. Two Churches
  8. Swingtime
  9. Ave Lolita
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