I may be a little ahead of schedule here, but I thought to kick off celebrations for the 40th birthday soirée of the True Colours album.
This record still sounds as fresh today as when I purged my pocket money savings for it in early 1980. I still have that L.P. to this day (red/green cover) and remember playing it over & over on our little 1971 portable family record player with 2 three inch speakers....& the music sounded fantastic! Fave songs came and went; The Choral Sea was always in my top 3, funnily enough...I thought it was amazing to have not one but two instrumentals on an album that featured not one but two phenomenal singer/songwriters. It’s a very electric album as well; barely any acoustic instruments apart from Eddie’s piano during I Hope I Never + the little bits of Noel that we were allowed to hear (the only downfall for me was not hearing more of Noel’s playing).
While I love all the Enz albums (excepting Conflicting Emotions), True Colours has always been the top of the tree for me: Tim’s confidence, the Musical arrangements, Eddie’s style and approach, Noel’s artwork, the dynamism of the rhythm section (Mal never sounded or played better), Neil’s guitar sound and brilliant writing, the song sequencing, and the production....it always surprised me that more singles weren’t lifted for the Australasian market at the time.
Happy Birthday, True Colours! May you enjoy another brilliant 40 years (& beyond).