Black - Wonderful Life (A&M 395 165-1) (GER 1987) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

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Black - Wonderful Life (A&M 395 165-1) (GER 1987) (Vinyl 24-96 & 16-44.1)

Black - Wonderful Life
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Cat#: A&M 395 165-1 | Country/Year: Germany 1987


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Black - Wonderful Life

Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: 395 165-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop


A1 Wonderful Life
A2 Everything's Coming Up Roses
A3 Sometimes For The Asking
A4 Finder
A5 Paradise

B1 I'm Not Afraid
B2 I Just Grew Tired
B3 Blue
B4 Just Making Memories
B5 Sweetest Smile


This album comes with printed inner-sleeve.

POL 281
?1987 A&M Records, Ltd. London
Made in Western Germany by Polygram

Barcode and Other Identifiers:

Other (Mechanical Rights): GEMA
Other (Label Code): LC 0485
Barcode: 0 82839 51651 8
Matrix Number (Runout Groove A): 395 165 - 1 S 1
Matrix Number (Runout Groove B): 395 165 - 1 S 2

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Biography by Jason Ankeny

Formed in Liverpool, England in 1980, the pop group Black was primarily a vehicle for singer/songwriter Colin Vearncombe, who first emerged at the age of 16 in the punk unit the Epileptic Tits. The first incarnation of Black, consisting of Vearncombe and a cast of anonymous session players, debuted with the single "Human Features" on the local Rox label. The record quickly sold out, and soon Vearncombe was approached by the Eternal label, operated by fellow Liverpudlians Pete Wylie and Wah! With the addition of ex-Last Chant keyboardist Dave Dickie and bassist Jimmy Sangster, Black became a true band, and soon issued their sophomore effort "More Than the Sun."

The trio eventually came to the attention of WEA, which funded Black's third single "Hey Presto." The record stiffed, however, and when an orchestral rendition of "More Than the Sun" met a similar fate, Black were dropped from their contract. Although he continued on as producer, Dickie soon relinquished his performing duties, and the fate of the group looked grim. Some 18 months of writing and searching for a new record deal followed before Vearncombe was contacted by the tiny Ugly Man label, which issued the minor hit "Wonderful Life." Soon A&M came calling, and in 1987 Black scored a UK Top Ten hit with "Sweetest Smile; " the follow-up, a reworked "Wonderful Life," was also successful.

The group's debut LP, also titled Wonderful Life, appeared in late 1987, and was well-received throughout Europe. Black's sophomore effort, the Robin Millar-produced Comedy, followed in 1988, but failed to match the success of its predecessor; after a long hiatus and a number of line-up changes, the group finally resurfaced in 1991 with an eponymously-titled LP featuring cameos from Robert Palmer and Sam Brown. Black soon left A&M, and after teaming with producer Mike Hedges issued Are We Having Fun Yet? on their own mail order label Nero Schwartz in 1993.

Review by William Ruhlmann

This smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey, hits his peak with the driving "Everything's Coming up Roses" (not the Jule Styne song). 4,5/5 - AMG Album Pick allmusicguide

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