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Studio album released 1993
This album opens with jangly pop song ‘Don’t take the silence too hard’ and includes the operatic ‘Ave Lolita’. “Looking back through the years, it’s pretty obvious I have a fondness for overblown melodramatic music,” Colin said. In recent tours, the track has been reinterpreted acoustically.
Martin McCarrick played cello and contributed string arrangements on ‘Ave Lolita’, ‘Paper crown’ and ‘To take a piece’.
This album was the first to be released on Black’s own label, and was licensed to major labels for distribution.
This album was issued in two sleeves, one showing three flies pinned down and one showing Colin’s face in shadow. ‘Don’t take the silence too hard’, ‘Wishing you were here’, ‘Just like love’ and ‘Swingtime’ were released as singles in various territories.
‘Are we having fun yet?’ was produced by Mike Hedges. Mike’s other production credits include work with The Associates, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, U2, Travis and Texas.
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original album credits
All songs written by Colin Vearncombe
Martin Ditcham played percussion on tracks 1 2 4 5 7 8 9
Greg Harewood played bass on tracks 1 2
Martin Green played saxes & flute on tracks 1 5 8 & the horn arrangement on track 5
Martin McCarrick arranged the strings & played cello on tracks 6 8 10
Pete Davis additional keyboards & programming on tracks 3 6 8 9 10
Doreen Edwards sang backing vocals on track 8
Backing vocals on track 7 were performed by Mr. & Mrs. Black
All other instruments & vocals by Black
Recorded at the Chateau De La Rouge Motte, Normandy France
Recorded by Andy Todd
Tracks 1 3 5 6 mix engineered by Ken Thomas
Tracks 2 4 7 8 9 10 mix engineered by Lance Phillips
Recording & mix assistants Rattika, Phillipe Garcia & Gravel Macintosh
Produced by Mike Hedges & Black
LP co-ordination creative collaboration & sequencing by Michael Gaunt
Smooth running by Karen Rainford
P&C Nero Schwarz Limited 1993
Published by Rondor Music