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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Olive
  2. Lavender
  3. Burgundy
  4. Yellow
  5. Green
  6. Beige
  7. Maroon
  8. Ecru
  9. Chartreuse
  10. Turquoise
  11. White
  12. Flesh
  13. Azure
  14. Puce
  15. Magenta
  16. Orange
  17. Purple
  18. Muddy
  19. Russet
  20. Amber
  21. Blue
  22. Black
  23. Gold
  24. Crimson
  25. Brown
  26. Rosey
  27. Hazel
  28. Mauve
  29. Fuschia
  30. Sepia
  31. Nutria
  32. Cerise
  33. Grey
  34. Coral


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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asphodel Records
  • ASIN: B000001PAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,312 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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