- Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Asphodel Records
- ASIN: B000001PAI
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,312 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Audio CD, May 9, 2000
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The voice-over man from a thousand commercials, Ken Nordine registers in your subconscious instantly: Wait, I know that guy! Smooth as an ice sculpture and ringing with "the voice of our sponsor," Nordine has personified authority since the 1960s. It's disorienting at first to hear the way Nordine lets go on this record with a Beat-inspired, mellifluous-sounding, Dr. Seuss-like exploration of the meanings of different colors. Many of the pieces are parables on racism and human behavior, but they're also totally silly, and meant to be. Recorded in the late 1960s, the 34 tracks manage to be sort of psychedelically goofy but charming at the same time. "Absolute gray is the grayest gray / That's the same distance from absolute white as it is from absolute black," Nordine almost-sings to a delightful, freeform studio backing of hip jazz. All your mix tapes will be very happy that you've bought this strange record to flavor them with. --Mike McGonigal
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In all honesty I find this CD amusing and fun to listen to, but mostly out of a lifelong desire to mock pretentiousness rather than any kind of admiration for the artistic accomplishment to be unveiled here. I am not saying that there isn't anything meaningful here, I am just saying that it is hidden cleverly behind an extremely campy facade. People who enjoy listening to William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy sing will adore this CD. So will die hard intellectuals who are convinced of the brilliant political satire it contains. I love it because it is fun to listen to, think about, and laugh at.
This CD is not for everyone (listen to the audio samples before buying!) but some people will find this CD irresistibly delicious for very different reasons. I think you should check it out, but be prepared for a very unique listening experience.
"Colors" is a strange little jewel of a relic from the mid-1960s, featuring the deep-voiced Ken Nordine reading groovy poetry over jazzy instrumentals. Each, um...song (if you can call them that?) is about half a minute long and tells a little story about every color imaginable, from Black and White to Azure, Beige, and Muddy. Many of the colors are personified: Olive and Russet are trendy hipsters, Puce suffers from low self-esteem, Crimson is a bit of a psychopath. Other songs, such as "Flesh" and "Gold" are witty social commentary.
One of my favorite things about "Colors" is that the tracks can be used to add something pleasantly surreal and unexpected to mix CDs and iPod playlists.
But this is definitely an album to own, not just download from the Internet--because to truly appreciate the "Colors" experience, you've also got to have the album art, which features a bizarre gameboard and plenty of pop-art illustrations.
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