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Colortone - 1988 Colortone

ARTIST: Colortone
ALBUM: Colortone
LABEL: Pasha
SERIAL: ZK 44027
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Willy Tebbetts - lead and backing vocals, keyboards * Clayton Scoble - guitars, backing vocals * Stephen George - drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, backing vocals * Owen Cooper - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Look Inside Ourselves * 02 Nothing's Gonna Be All Right * 03 Stand Out In The Rain * 04 Hole In My Heart * 05 Til The End Of Time * 06 Street Of 1000 Dreams * 07 Mystery Of Love * 08 Same Old Story * 09 Tell Tale Sign * 10 Four Letter Word

Recently, I have been going through my collection and picking out some Hi-tech AOR albums that I rarely listen to. Maybe I am just getting older and wiser or perhaps I have tripped into a weird nostalgia for the go-go 80's? Whatever the case, I am starting to warm to some (not all) of what the genre has to offer and Colortone had plenty going for them as far as I am concerned. Formed in Chicago by vocalist Willy Tebbetts and Stephen George who was original part of local underground band Ministry and co-produced by George and Glen Ballard best known for his work with Alanis Morrissette, but also Toto, Van Halen and Planet 3 - Colortone offered nicely highly synthesized pop music but only got around to releasing one album. I'm not sure how much Pasha got behind the project, but the record was also released on CD and copies do appear on eBay from time to time.

The Songs
From its Icy cover in blues and purples to having no less than three keyboard players, Colortone were very much a product of it's time. Despite its Midwest roots, the band owes much to Duran Duran and INXS. In fact, if you close your eyes vocalist Willy Tebbetts could pass for Simon LeBon on tracks like 'Stand Out In The Rain and 'Til The End Of Time'. Not that there's anything wrong with that as Duran Duran were a fine band, but perhaps Colortone's somewhat unoriginal sound just didn't rise above similar bands of the day. However it played out, there are some great tunes here, very pop oriented and a fun listen making this at least for this reviewer, one of the better albums of the Hi-tech era.

In Summary
So there you have it, a new if somewhat belated convert to the joys of late 80's synth heavy Hi- Tech AOR! Now I have to play catch up and seek out discs by Seasons In Colour and other reputedly excellent releases. I can hear my credit card company cheering already.

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