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Colors (1988 Film) Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, October 25, 1990
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listen  1. ColorsIce T 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Six Gun [44 Mag. Mix]The Decadent Dub Team 4:57Album Only
listen  3. Let The Rhythm RunSalt-n-Pepa 3:23Album Only
listen  4. Raw [Edit]Big Daddy Kane 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Paid In Full [Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Cold Cut Remix]Eric B. & Rakim 7:04Album Only
listen  6. Butcher ShopKool G. Rap 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mad Mad WorldThe 7A3 4:48Album Only
listen  8. Go On GirlRoxanne Shante 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Mind Is A Terrible Thin To WasteM.C. Shan 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Everywhere I Go [Colors]Rick James 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: April 15, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Butler on June 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ok, having read the prior reviews, I'm taking time to write a quick-and-dirty yet actual review.

First, the ironic thing about this soundtrack is that the movie was supposed to be about the LA gang wars between various sets (painted in the broad-strokes of Hollywood as Crips vs. Bloods). In other words, the film is based in the west coast. Yet all but 2 of the tracks are done by east coast artists.

Why? Well, Warner, the studio owner, also owned a little label called Cold Chillin and chose to make use of their catalogue for a majority of the music rather than pay for a slate of original songs, which gives you an idea of how this movie was approached from day one. Suffice to say that there were several west coast artists who could've helped make this soundtrack both relevant to the film and long-lasting in value.

Okay, so the title track is done by Ice T, a west coast vet even at this point but unknown to most of the US (and by the way, on Sire Records, distributed by Warner). The track is amazing, capturing the mood of a driving with it's ominous synth chords. Ice T's lyrics are gritty and follows his usual formula of paint a picture, usually nihilistic (in this case, cold-blooded gang banger), and then weave in a social message (gangbanging won't stop till these kids are given better options for their life). Thematically this song is exactly the same as "New Jack Hustler" his theme song for another film, "New Jack City". For fun, compare both to "High Rollers".

From here, the soundtrack either a) goes downhill if you're at all familiar with hiphop or b) has great gems for you are somehow unfamiliar with the music these other artists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, I don't agree with the "muthafucca" guy who wrote a review. I think he is what came out of the glory of gangsta rap Ice-T was trying to warn people about in his song. For the rest of the people considering this soundtrack, it's a must have for your collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Felberg on March 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What must be said first is that this is a nice glimpse of UK pop music scene 66-69-sometimes called Freakbeat. The Brits had a lot more going on musically than what we heard here in the States during the British Invasion.
This 22 song comp gives a decent overview of the more popular, less obscure sides, but if you tried to get originals now, you'd have to pay. Even if you own the Nuggets II set, you will find different music on Paisley Pop.
From big hitters like The Flying Machine, Neil Christian and the Consortium to lesser known Gates of Eden, the Ugly's and Scruggs you get a bit of dance hall, top 40 and pop-psych. Some bad, some very good.
Favorites tend to be more psychy, less crooned tracks like 'I Wish I Was Five' and 'Lavender Popcorn' by the Scruggs, 'Cave of Clear Light' by the Bystanders, 'I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone' by Anan and Status Quo's wonderful followup non-hit to 'Pictures of Matchstick Men', 'Black Veil of Melancholy.'
And very important to the project are the great liner notes by Pearly Spencer(?) that go thru the tracks with the times in mind. The author sets the scene as 'delightfully absurd.'
Decidedly the tamer side of the scene, but some nice paisely visions all the same.
If you are a fan, go for it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you like this soundtrack you should buy the book DO OR DIE. This book is the paper (and real life) version of the movie. As for the soundtrack It gives the flavor of street life, intermixed with a wishy-washy dont't gangbang vibe. But for true Ballers Ice-T and Big Daddy Kane don't dissapoint.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I thought this CD was really memorable, especially Philip Bailey's Silent Night and Sheena Easton's The Lord's Prayer. Lord only knows why these two aren't still topping the charts in the US.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rwwillis1@worldnet.att.net on July 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
An excellent compilation, expecially Peabo Bryson's rendition of Born on Christmas Day and Phillip Bailey's classic style of singing. You will enjoy everything.
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Format: Audio CD
WHEN THIS SOUNDTRACK CAME OUT IN 1988, IT WAS WHERE HIP HOP SET THE MANTLE.
THIS ALBUM HAS ALOT OF ARTISTS THAT BECAME HIP HOPS STRONGEST TALENTS TODAY.
ICE-T, BIG DADDY KANE, SALT N PEPA, KOOL G RAP, 7A3 (DJ Muggs first Hip Hop group prior to Cypress Hill), MC SHAN, ROXANNE SHANTE(best known for her The Real Roxanne feud with UTFO), and the late RICK JAMES.
WHEN I BOUGHT THIS TAPE WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT IN THE SUMMER OF 1988, I MUST OF PLAYED IT TOO MUCH, THAT I HAD TO GET IT RECORDED FROM A FRIEND. AND LATER I BOUGHT THE CD.
THIS IS REAL HIP HOP MUSIC COMPARED TO TODAYS BUBBLEGUM RAPS, ITS A SHAME IT DIDNT STAY THIS WAY.

"I AM A NIGHTMARE WALKIN, PSYCHOPATH TALKIN
KING OF MY JUNGLE JUST A GANGSTER STALKIN,
LIVIN LIFE LIKE A FIRECRACKER QUICK IS MY FUSE,
THEN DEAD AS A DEADPACK THE COLORS I CHOOSE
RED OR BLUE, CUZ OR BLOOD, IT JUST DON'T MATTER
SUCKERS DIE FOR YOUR LIFE WHEN MY SHOTGUN SCATTERS...." COLORS BY ICE-T 1988
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Brit psych-pop groups such as Tomorrow, The Creation, and Honeybus will not be disappointed with this collection. Although there are a couple of well-known groups represented here, this disc contains mostly one-off singles from the Pye label circa 1966-1969. All in all, a very tasty sampling of the swirling musical colours from this evanescent era. General grooviness abounds with outstanding tracks such as The Uglys' "Quiet Explosion", Scrugg's "Lavender Popcorn", and The Montanas'"That's When Happiness Began". Trying to track down these singles on vinyl would be a very expensive proposition if they could be found at all.
Austin Powers would have frugged to these bands at the UFO!
Highly Recommended!
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