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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000026HWR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dancing Girl 9:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What Color Is Love 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Goin' Miss Your Candyman 7:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Just As Long As We're In Love 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ho Tsing Mee (A Song Of The Sun) 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I'd Rather Be With You 6:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Don't Care 5:290.79  Buy MP3 

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, spiritual - a masterpiece 16 Mar 2008
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes you come across an album that, right from first listening, secures a place for itself in your private Top Five Of All Time. This is one of them and I'm now going around pressing it upon people with the zeal of a convert.

The "convert" metaphor is appropriate, because Terry Callier is straight out of that rich Chicago soul tradition that merges the delights of the flesh with the ecstasies of the spirit. Comparisons abound: there's a lot of Marvin Gaye here, channeling both What's Going On's cosmic compassion and Let's Get It On's sexual charisma. But Terry Callier casts a wider net than Seventies soul/funk - fans of English folk of the period will find echoes of Nick Drake and John Martyn in Callier's delicate guitar work and half-moaned accompaniments. Oh, and he can rock out too, with an irresistable groove on You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman.

The crowning glory on this album is the opening track, the delirious Dancing Girl which catapults the listener through the jazz bars and music festivals of the counterculture, out through the ghettos and the trail of urban misery then launches majestically into outer space, to bask under the dispassionate eye of a God beyond time and space. Cosmic, man. The title track, following close on this epic's heels, bravely elects not to compete in terms of complexity, but is another standout of introspective singer-songwriter class.

Only on Just As Long As We're In Love does ambitious soul-funk-jazz-folk chic slip into Seventies cheese, with a swooping orchestral motif that's just slightly the wrong side of kitsch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
At about 1:58 into the astonishing "Dancing Girl" (the opening nine-minute track of "What Color Is Love") it gets very quiet and the acoustic guitar holds the speakers alone - then Don Myrick's tasteful sax work floats in followed by keyboard flourishes and some wickedly arranged strings by Charles Stepney... The effect is absolutely magical...

And after you've put your jaw back into place, you're left standing there with a genuine incomprehension... how has something this lovely and genuinely soulful been forgotten? Why isn't this huge??

"What Color Is Love" was released on LP in March 1973 in the USA on Cadet CA 50019 and is the second of three albums Callier made for the Chess offshoot label Cadet in the Seventies - the first was "Occasional Rain" in 1972 (see separate review) and the third was "I Just Can't Help Myself" in 1975.

Both "What Color..." and "Occasional Rain" are part of Universal's "ORIGINALS" series - Jazz, Soul, Fusion and Latin LPs reissued and remastered onto CD from a multitude of labels under the Universal umbrella. All use generic artwork (the originals name and band on the left of the sleeve as pictured above) and are gatefold card digipaks issued at mid-price. Although the card digipaks are aesthetically pleasing as mini-repro LP sleeves, unfortunately most come without booklets - this album's recording credits on the inner flap for instance are barely legible. Which is a bummer because if ever an album deserved fresh liner notes, history, photos, a new interview - but alas...

The good news however is the beautiful remaster (40:44 minutes). The tape transfers for the whole series in general have been done in the late 2000's to superb standards by top engineers like Gavin Lurssen and Erick Labson - and in this case by KEVIN REEVES.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Terry album 28 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was my first taste of Mr Terry Callier. I remember putting the CD on and being mesmorised for nearly 9 minutes listened to the majestic 'Dancing Girl'. This is a truly epic piece of music which takes you on a musical journey into the sublime. The CD is worth buying just for this one track.
Then comes another Terry Callier classic 'What Color is Love'. These two tracks have become 2 of Terry's most played during his musical pilgrimage around the world.
This man is a true talent, buy this CD and try to go and see him live. This CD will never leave your collection
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooooooth Jazz and Soul from a master craftsman 10 Aug 2008
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I was a latecomer to Terry Callier's music first hearing him on the Massive Attack single Come Live With Me and I was bowled over with his voice and the song. Then I bought What Color Is Love to here more of him and I could not believe that this singer had been on the fringe of music for so long. His voice is so smooth and velvety it's perfection, some of the songs are on the Teddy Pendergrass side of soul but I cannot recommend this CD enough, best played late at night with the one you love and a glass of velvety smooth wine! I really hope that Terry finds a wider audience for his music which is of the highest quality and his writing is top notch too.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoooooth...with a dash of soul inflected funk. 20 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
smooth tuneful jazz-folk from an intelligent vocalist and guitarist....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Callier - What Colour is Love 19 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a perfect album from a truly great Singer. Think it is his best work but that's just personal taste. . Auditory Heaven.
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