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!”


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Wonderful Life

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Sometimes For The Asking

I'll give you something to cry about



I'm Not Afraid

I Just Grew Tired


Just Making Memories

Sweetest Smile

Ravel In The Rain

Leave Yourself Alone


It's not you Lady Jane

Hardly star-crossed lovers



3 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

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