Wonderful Life (Black album)
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|Studio album by Black|
Three of the songs were co-written with Vearncombe's friend and musical collaborator, keyboardist Dave "Dix" Dickie.
In 1985 Vearncombe wrote the minor key song "Wonderful Life". It was released independently through Ugly Man Records, and got Black noticed by A&M Records who signed Vearncombe and launched his international career. Vearncombe said:
By the end of 1985 I had been in a couple of car crashes, my mother had a serious illness, I had been dropped by a record company, my first marriage went belly-up and I was homeless. Then I sat down and wrote this song called 'Wonderful Life'. I was being sarcastic.
Vearncombe suffered from the feeling of being a one-hit wonder, however, saying later:
Once you have had a hit, it's hard to write another song without having that in the back of your mind. For a long time, I would find myself hearing, 'I like it but it's not Wonderful Life'.
At first, the single "Everything's Coming Up Roses" flopped, but the follow-up, "Sweetest Smile" became a UK top-10 hit. The third single, a re-release of "Wonderful Life", was a massive hit worldwide. The album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping commercial and critical acclaim.
When interviewed in 2013 for superdeluxeedition.com, Vearncome was asked if the album had turned out how he wanted and if the record company had forced producers on him. He replied:
No, we were very, very lucky. You see I’d already been through the mill with Warners and stuff, and then I’d been homeless. There wasn’t much you could scare me with. I was actually homeless when I wrote "Sweetest Smile" and "Wonderful Life," but I was couch-surfing, and nothing touches you when you’re that age. For a while you can get away with it.
All tracks written by Colin Vearncombe unless otherwise noted.
|2.||"Everything's Coming Up Roses"||4:04|
|3.||"Sometimes for the Asking"||4:09|
|5.||"Paradise"||Colin Vearncombe, Dave Dickie||4:51|
|6.||"I'm Not Afraid"||Colin Vearncombe, Dave Dickie||5:00|
|7.||"I Just Grew Tired"||4:15|
|8.||"Blue"||Colin Vearncombe, Dave Dickie||3:38|
|9.||"Just Making Memories"||4:26|
|CD Bonus tracks|
|11.||"Ravel in the Rain"||Colin Vearncombe, Dave Dickie||3:47|
|12.||"Leave Yourself Alone"||4:32|
|14.||"It's Not You Lady Jane"||Colin Vearncombe, Dave Dickie||3:25|
|15.||"Hardly Star-Crossed Lovers"||2:51|
- Colin Vearncombe — vocals
- Roy Corkill — fretless bass
- Jimmy Hughes — drums
- Martin Green — saxophone
- Dave "Dix" Dickie — keyboards, programming
- The Creamy Whirls (Tina Labrinski, Sara Lamarra) — backing vocals
- Jimmy Sangster — electric bass
- Doreen Edwards — additional backing vocals
- The Sidwell Brothers — brass section
- Recorded at Powerplant Studios (London), Square One Studio (Bury).
- Engineered by Stephen Boyce-Buckley, and Pink Studio (Liverpool).
- Information at Colin Vearncombe's official website
- Wonderful Life (Black album) at Discogs (list of releases)
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