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I saw this artist perform live in London at Laurie Anderson's 'Meltdown festival 1997'. If you EVER get the chance to see some of this work performed live, with Ken backed by his orchestra or Jazz artists, then do so, It will be like nothing you expect. OK - i'll try... Imagine William S Boroughs crossed with Ivor Cutler by way of.... er..... Hong Kong Phooey? ... and you 're still nowhere near it....
The Colurs album should be sampled randomly and in bite sized amounts.... be patient and the silliness will slowly infect your soul... When you are ready, check out Word Jazz Vol 1 for a taste of the bigger Nordeine picture..
Finally, if Volume two ever surfaces, can someone send me a copy?
Pick a colour, any colour and smile..
My personal choices are , Beige, Puce, Russet, maroon and Orange....
"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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I have only recently been introduced to Ken Nordine and since them moment i listened to "Colors" I've been preaching its glories to all around. Read morePublished on March 28, 2005 by Ted Hughes
I have no idea whether to give this CD one or five stars, because it is wholly based on what vantage point you approach this thing from, so in the end it gets three. Read morePublished on July 22, 2004 by Robert I. Hedges
The cover promises 'a sensuous listening experience', and the promise is kept. Not only do you see the color in question before you, you also feel its texture and personality, it's... Read morePublished on October 22, 2000 by Tore T. Nielsen
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