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Color Compilations

An Hour of Color Vol. 1 (Cassette)

Notable numbers (P&F hip jargon) include the melancholic "Dreams to Live"; Moisten Before Use's creepy "Termination" and ultra-sharp Martin Newell's "When Fire Burns Dreams".

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 4, Summer/Autumn 1986

An Hour of Color Vol. 2 (Cassette)

An hour of music from 11 artistes - 16 tracks. Mostly electronic, but exceptions include Take It (R 'n' R) and The Poppy Teamtones. Cleaners From Venus are the aces in the pack, especially with the soulful (pun unintended) "Soul Monday".

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 3, January 1986

An Hour of Color Vol. 3 (Cassette)

The best Color compo on tape thus far. Side 1 jewels are the gothic disco number from Modern Art, "Monument of Heaven". Later followed by more orthodox pop via "Poor Old Thing" from Kata Kolbert and "Ilya Kuryakin Looked at Me" from Cleaners from Venus.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 4, Summer/Autumn 1986

A Fistful of Color (Cassette)

Three trax each from the pop stars in the making. Cleaners from Venus, all gems by them, all poppy without going bland. Interesting lyrics too; Modern Art are getting better all the time and "Big Dream" is one of those impression-making sing-a-long tunes - remember them. The extraordinary Mystery Plane kick off side 2 with some hernia-defying vox. Preferred earlier versions of "When the Money Runs Out", WeR7's "Pull a Rabbit" is gorgeous (featuring Kata Kolbert?) and a pervy, crazy "Calling Cupcake" winds things up. Lives of Angels' "Green on Black" is a superbly rich instrumental on side 2, and other gold stars go to C.F. Venus agains with "Follow the Plough" - would be pop stars certainly. Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy Mystery Plane put the lid on things with another dirty number, "Madam Sin".

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring/Summer 1988

Purple Twilight (LP)

A compo LP featuring 14 tracks by 13 bands. Mystery Plane start the ball rolling that groovy, fun-packed "Red Slime Creepers". Immediately they are followed by a classy synth combo Eye See with "Evenings", The Space Brothers with "Sixteenth Avenue Atmosphere" are in a similar vein. A bit of everything on this LP; really catchy pop from Timothy London and the Soho Sisters and The Teamtones; some dull, some intriguing like Duke of Disrespect's "You Tell Lies". Great playing from Face in the Crowd and Modern Art, with the modestly named The Ordinary ending things with a pop gem.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 4, Summer/Autumn 1986

The Sound of Color (Cassette)

A sort of greatest hits from the four bands on the Color label, Modern Art, WeR7, Mystery Plany and Lives of Angels. MP's haunting "Curse of the Body Snatcher" takes the honours and further prime trax are Modern Art's "Oriental Towers" and WeR7's "Word Perfect" - good tape effecz on the latter track.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 4, Summer/Autumn 1986

Souvenir (Cassette)

Outstanding pop from Cleaners From Venus; deep, mostly instrumental from Modern Art. "September" is heavenly.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 5, No. 1, Summer 1987



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