True Colours (Level 42 album)

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True Colours
Studio album by Level 42
Released October 1984
Recorded 1984 at Genetic Sound and Park Gate Studios. Additional recordings at Total Access, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz-funk, dance-rock, pop
Length 44:50
Label Polydor
Producer Ken Scott
Level 42 chronology
Standing in the Light
(1983)
True Colours
(1984)
World Machine
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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]

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 and entered the Billboard Hot 100, at #87.

Track listing[edit]

  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[edit]

Plus:

Production:

  • Mixed at Park Gate Studios
  • Produced and Engineered by Ken Scott for KoMos Productions
  • Assisted by James Tippett-IIes and Jim Russell
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman A&M, Los Angeles

Chart positions[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 United Kingdom #14
1984 Germany #23
1984 Sweden #29

Single charts[edit]

Year Song Chart Position
1984 "Hot Water" UK single charts #18
1986 "Hot Water" Billboard Hot 100 #87
1984 "The Chant Has Begun" UK single charts #41

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 318/9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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