Terry Callier - What Color Is Love - 1972 Thinking Jazz Folk Soul 180 Grm LP

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Terry Callier - What Color Is Love

Label: Cadet Records

CA 50019
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Grm

Geffen Records ‎– B0028527-01
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
14 Sep 2018

Originally Released: 1972
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style: Soul



Recorded At RCA Studios Chicago, Illinois

All selections published by Butler Music/Chappell & Co., Inc. (ASCAP) except "You Goin' Miss Your Candy Man": Discus Music (BMI)


A1 Dancing Girl
A2 What Color Is Love
A3 You Goin' Miss Your Candyman


B1 Just As Long As We're In Love
B2 Ho Tsing Mee (A Song Of The Sun)
B3 I'd Rather Be With You
B4 You Don't Care



Companies, etc.
Record Company – All Platinum Record Group
Produced For – GRT Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – GRT Corporation
Recorded At – RCA Studios, Chicago
Published By – Butler Music
Published By – Chappell & Co., Inc.
Published By – Discus Music Corp.

Alto Saxophone – Donald Myrick*
Arranged By, Conductor, Piano, Electric Piano – Charles Stepney
Art Direction – David Krieger
Backing Vocals – Kitty Haywood, Shirley Wahls, Vivian Harrell
Bass – Louis A Satterfield*
Bongos – Alfred Nalls
Cello – Karl B. Fruth*, Leonard Chausow
Congas – Alfred Nalls, Fred Walker
Coordinator – Mia Krinsky
Drums – Donny Simmons*, Morris Jennings
Engineer – Brian Christian, Gary Starr, Roger Anfinsen
Flute – Donald Myrick
French Horn – Ethel Merker, Paul Tervelt
Guitar – Phil Upchurch, Terry Callier
Harmonica – Cyril Touff
Harp – Edward Druzinsky
Percussion – Bobby Christian, Fred Walker
Photography By – Joel Brodsky
Supervised By – Evelyn Greco
Trumpet – Arthur Hoyle, John Howell
Viola – Arthur Ahlman*, Bruce Hayden, Harold Klatz*, Harold Kupper, Roger Moulton
Violin – Elliot M. Golub*, W. Zlatoff-Mirsky*, Irving Kaplan, Jerry Sabransky, Joseph Golan, Ruth Goodman, Theodore Silavin, William Faldner



this is one of his three most highly-recommended 70's albums, sandwiched in between 1972's Occasional Rain and 1975's I Just Can't Help Myself. Since What Color Is Love was the first I heard about, and has such a classic, evocative cover

I can confidently recommend this album to fans of jazzier folk, more "out-there" folk that is influenced by more wide ranging musical styles than just American roots and blues, as well as more adventurous fans of R&B legends like Marvin Gaye and Al Green who don't mind if their soul is cut with a bit of folk and jazz.

The album opens with the spacey "Dancing Girl," in which Callier displays his novel combination of acoustic folk guitar with his soulful, yearning voice that seems to evoke all the best characteristics of 60's/70's black soul, but at the same time transcend the structural trappings of the genre. On first listen, I was immediately impressed with Callier's lyrics--meaningful, mysterious, and thought provoking, on "Dancing Girl," he lays out some mind-blowers ("You'll surely come to harm/With that needle all up in your arm") and some lines that, combined with the power of the music, transcend the words alone ("Anyway you want to do/Boogie, bop, or boogaloo" is priceless in Callier's husky whisper). The song's structure is pretty progressive, with multiple movements and clocking in at over 9 glorious minutes.

"What Color is Love" and "Just As Long As We're In Love" showcase Callier's strengths as an interpretive singer and his gentle side, backed by female background singers, horns and strings in a delightful blend. "You Goin' To Miss Your Candyman" is one of the album's greatest tracks, with the funkiest soul bassline since Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," and showcasing Callier's uniformly tight, gnarly rhythm section, which often includes some sick bass lines and bongo drums. "Ho Tsing Mee" is a contemplative protest song, deceptively gentle at the beginning, building to a barnstorming climax with Callier's plaintive scat/howl elevating the song to great heights. "I'd Rather Be With You" is the album's closest thing to a typical "on the road" folksong, and the closer is a groovy Bacharach-like blend of horns and background singers repeating "You Don't Care" for a tranquil, meditative end to a real trip of an album.

Terry Callier is one of the greatest relatively unknown artists

More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label Cadet Records