True Colours (Level 42 album)

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True Colours
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1984
Recorded1984 at Genetic Sound (Berkshire) and Park Gate Studios (East Sussex). Additional recordings at Total Access (Los Angeles, California, USA).
Genre Jazz-funk, dance-rock, pop
Length44:50
Label Polydor
Producer Ken Scott
Level 42 chronology
Standing in the Light
(1983)
True Colours
(1984)
A Physical Presence
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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True Colours is the fifth studio album by the British musical group Level 42, released in 1984. Beyond the band's native United Kingdom, the album was released in 10-plus other countries, including Japan, Germany and the United States of America. [2] The album charted #14 in the UK Albums Chart. [3]

Contents

The first single released, "Hot Water", hit #18 on the UK Singles Chart, [3] #7 in Belgium and #3 in the Netherlands, and has become a staple in Level 42's live sets to the present day. The second single "The Chant Has Begun", released in many countries, peaked at #41 in the UK single charts.

"Hot Water" was released in the US in 1986 (after being featured in a single version on the U.S. version of band's follow-up album World Machine ) and entered the Billboard Hot 100, at #87.

Track listing

  1. "The Chant Has Begun" (King, P. Gould) - 5:23
  2. "Kansas City Milkman" (Badarou, King, Lindup, P. Gould) - 5.31
  3. "Seven Days" (P. Gould, King, Lindup, R. Gould) - 4:26
  4. "Hot Water" (King, P. Gould, Lindup, Badarou) - 5:41
  5. "A Floating Life" (King, P. Gould) - 5:14
  6. "True Believers" (King, P. Gould) - 5:03
  7. "My Hero" (King, P. Gould, R. Gould) - 4:15 [originally a bonus track on the CD and cassette]
  8. "Kouyate" (King, P.Gould, Badarou) - 4:52
  9. "Hours by the Window" (King, P. Gould) - 5:10

Personnel

Level 42

with:

Production

Chart positions

Album charts

YearChartPosition
1984 United Kingdom #14
1984 Germany #23
1984 Sweden #29

Single charts

YearSongChartPosition
1984"Hot Water" UK single charts #18
1986"Hot Water" Billboard Hot 100 #87
1984"The Chant Has Begun" UK single charts #41

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References

  1. "True Colours - Level 42 | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  2. "The Definitive Online Level 42 Collectors Resource: Media". Ultimatelevel42.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  3. 1 2 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 318/9. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.