What Color Is Love
1 x LP
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP=Singer, songwriter, guitarist Terry Callier's most celebrated works are three genre defying albums he recorded for legendary Chess Records' Cadet subsidiary: What Color Is Love (1973) with hit "Dancing Girl," "What Co...
Release date: 15-06-2015(originally released in 1973)
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP-Like the artist himself, the music on this brilliant album defies all categories, embracing Terry Callier's wide range of influences and experiences. Callier's musical kaleidoscope is filled with funk, rock, folk, jazz, and even classical influences. "Dancing Girl" opens the album with Charles Stepney's majestic orchestration. This opus is the album's pinnacle, moving with soft intensity toward soul-stirring crescendos. Songs like "What Color Is Love" and "Ho Tsing Mee (A Song of the Sun)," an elegant antiwar prayer of confusion, somehow avoid clichés or take them to another level. "You Goin' to Miss Your Candyman" was made popular by Urban Species when they sampled it on "Listen" in the early '90s, and not surprisingly, it sounds better in its original form. No matter where you turn, Callier's passionate voice captures the sweeping drama of the human condition. A lost romantic amid "concrete front yards," this album is a must-have for any music connoisseur.
A1 Dancing Girl
A2 What Color Is Love
A3 You Goin' Miss Your Candyman
B1 Just As Long As We're In Love
B2 Ho Tsing Mee (A Song Of The Sun)
B3 I'd Rather Be With You
B4 You Don't Care
On the cover, a nude, wishbone-thin model curls up in an old tattered chair, looking forlorn with a cigarette between her fingers. It’s a beautiful shot but misleading. Nothing on the record feels as melancholy as the picture suggests. “Just As Long As We’re In Love” is an aural flight in the night under a pearl moon. “You Goin’to Miss Your Candyman” is a sassy blues-funk-folk mash-up that somehow doesn’t feel like a kiss-off. It is, of course, but Terry sings with more honey than vinegar.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist Terry Callier's most celebrated works are three genre defying albums he recorded for legendary Chess Records' Cadet subsidiary: Occasional Rain (1972), What Color Is Love (1973), and I Just Can't Help Myself (1974). The title tracks from those records, and others including "Ordinary Joe," "Do You Finally Need A Friend," "Alley-Wind Song" and "Dancing Girl," hypnotized sophisticated listeners with Callier's calming voice and soul-piercing writing, coupled with the peerless orchestral arrangements and production of Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, Earth, Wind & Fire).
Label: Music On Vinyl
Originally released: 1973
This release: 2015