Wonderful Life

Wonderful-Life

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Wonderful Life - Black


debut album on A&M released 1987

Black’s breakthrough album rode to the number three spot on the back of ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Sweetest Smile’, both UK top ten hits. Record Mirror would later describe Black’s first hit Sweetest Smile as “a beautiful, slow croon. Sufficiently different from the usual conveyor-belt of identikit hits to distract the listener and stretch their attention span to four minutes.”

The album ‘Wonderful life’ went on to sell two million copies worldwide. Although ‘Wonderful life’ and ‘Sweetest smile’ are both melancholy ballads, it is European hit ‘Everything’s coming up roses’ that better defines much of the rest of the album of upbeat, electric guitar and synth-driven rock.

Reviewers would later come to consider the sound of the album dated, but the strength of the underlying songs has ensured a successful acoustic revival on Colin’s later albums. ‘Wonderful life’ is still widely available on CD, featuring five tracks not released on the vinyl edition.

“I have little but good memories of this pre-success period,” says Colin today. “Hand me the number of Dial-a-Fudge – I wish to send an order to whoever it was that said that the trick to life is keeping it simple!”

Lyrics

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Wonderful Life

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Sometimes For The Asking

I'll give you something to cry about

Finder

Paradise

I'm Not Afraid

I Just Grew Tired

Blue

Just Making Memories

Sweetest Smile

Ravel In The Rain

Leave Yourself Alone

Sixteens

It's not you Lady Jane

Hardly star-crossed lovers

 

 

8 Responses to “Wonderful Life”

  1. lilianasavino 21 August 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    love Colin, kisses

  2. Astrid 27 October 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Been listening to Everything’s coming up roses for the last three days – not able to stop

  3. Dimitri 28 December 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s such a joy to find you again!

    In Italy, back then, I was among the first to buy this album, and later on “Comedy”.
    Countless times these songs cradled my heart. It’s been always impossible to forget that “just like a forming rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small”. This album was never felt small.

    Thank you for your sweet music, Mr. Vearncombe

  4. tony 20 January 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Prayers to you and your family xxx

  5. Andrew T 8 March 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    My thought go out to all family and friends of this wonderfully talented man. I have loved his music since I was twelve years old. I just wanted to say I love the production on the wonderful life album and it has influenced me in my music always. I was actually wondering what Synthesisers were used on that album but I guess I may never know… R.I.P.

  6. Robin J 4 April 2016 at 10:40 am #

    I found out all too late that Colin had passed away recently (specifically the obituary in Uncut magazine) and wanted to pay my respects. This album in particular still stands up incredibly well for me, still got the vinyl with the bonus 12″, an Australian edition??? Anyway, sincere best wishes to Colin’s family.

  7. Robin J 4 April 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Sorry, sincere condolences.

  8. L5c 11 April 2016 at 11:43 pm #

    Acabo de enterarme de su muerte mientras revisaba la página y escuchaba su música me entristecio mucho aún estoy llorando :c

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