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  • Audio CD (9 Dec. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Nero Schwarz
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,499 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wonderful Life
  2. Sweetest Smile
  3. Water on Snow
  4. Tomorrow Is Another Night
  5. Fly Up to the Moon
  6. Let Me Watch You Make Love
  7. Too Many Times
  8. Swingtime
  9. Ave Lolita
  10. The Way She Was Before
  11. Better Letting Go
  12. Two Churches
  13. Stormy Waters
  14. Her Coat and No Knickers
  15. Sleeper
  16. Where the River Bends

Disc: 2

  1. If You're All Done Dying
  2. In a Heartbeat
  3. What Makes a Fool
  4. Walk on Frozen Water
  5. Surrender
  6. The Unforgiven
  7. Grievous Angel
  8. California
  9. Beneath the Radar
  10. Storm Cloud Katherine

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Colin Vearncombe first stepped onto a stage as Black in January 1981 and a journey began. During the following decade, four Black albums and more than a dozen singles released by three independent labels and two major record companies resulted in several million record sales. 'Wonderful Life' and 'Sweetest Smile' were the commercial highlights with the former reaching the top ten of all the major European countries. By 1992 Colin had been to most of the places he'd ever had a hankering to visit, endured the terrible highs and fabulous lows of fame and learned many things, mostly about himself. Two of these self-realisations were that first; he had no desire to follow a path that was commercially interesting to modern record companies 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 had released eight studio albums, four live albums and one collection of mainly unreleased recordings before Colin felt it was time to compile a record that represented some of the highlights of his journey to date. Tragically that journey ended on 26th January 2016. He leaves us with a legacy that this collection will serve to reinforce.

This Deluxe Edition comprises Disc 1: a sixteen track compilation chosen by a poll of his fans, and Disc 2: ten of Colin's favourite recordings at the time. The package includes a 64-page booklet with lyrics for each song, musician and production information, edited highlights of an extensive conversation with Colin made at the time of the first release, samples of Colin's art and many previously unpublished photographs.

From the liner notes that accompanied the initial release of Any Colour You Like:
Thirty years of songwriting means the choice of what to include (and what to leave out) was agonisingly hard. Too hard. We couldn't 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 wasn't 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 Colin's 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 (Colin's mailing list; no pun left unpunned) to vote for their favourites. That's when the complaints started ; 'Oh but you haven't included. . . that's his best song ever!' and 'but you can't leave off. . . I got married to that!' and so on. All of which goes to prove that not only can you not please everyone all the time, you can't please anyone, ever.

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