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What Color Is Love Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B001EIK7IC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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 (see review for Japanese CD import).

Both "What Color..." and "Occasional Rain" are part of Universal's "ORIGINALS" CD reissue 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...

Released on CD in March 2008 - Verve Originals B0011921-02 (Barcode 602517829749) plays as follows (40:44 minutes):
1. Dancing Girl
2. What Color Is Love
3. You Goin' Miss Your candyman
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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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As other reviewers have said - TC finds a almost exclusive slot in the folk/soul market, where you will only find Nick Drake, John Martyn, Gil Scott-Heron, Richie Havens, Nina Simone and Oscar Brown Jr (the closest musician to TC in all respects).

But the real star here is producer/arranger/pianist/visionary Charles Stepney. He was the house arranger at Cadet at the time, but his vision & legacy still lives on. He was responsible for the musical direction of the Dells, Rotary Connection (ft. Minnie Ripperton), Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Stepney had obviously been influenced by Bones Howe & his 5th Dimension recordings (try Magic Garden - early psychedelic soul), but had incorporated elements of classical, folk, gospel and choral musics into his vision. These are all exemplified in this glorious TC album. I was lucky enough to find a 180gm vinly version of this album in the US, and it sounds wonderful.

This is not music to get up and grab you. It offers different sections & sounds (Dancing Girl), and understated melodies until it hits you that this is popular music at a much higher level. Brilliant achievement.
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