True Colors

True Colors

by Cyndi Lauper


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There were a few years in the mid-'80s when one couldn't go out for a cup of coffee without encountering Cyndi Lauper in one form or another. Her videos were playing constantly on MTV, her music was everywhere on the radio, and, best of all, children were even dressing up as Cyndi for Halloween. In retrospect, it was a Lauper-ish time but it was all over quite quickly; in fact, the period in the ultra-limelight didn't even span the period covered by two album releases, which means that this follow-up to her smash debut album was relegated to the also-ran pile, with sad results such as only one sort-of hit single (the title track) and nobody apparently interested in imitating the skirt she wore on the back cover photo, which seems like it is made of slashed-up concert posters. Kind of a shame since so much love and attention went into this album. Guest stars and high-dollar session musicians abound, including other '80s icons such as the Bangles and the manic Pee Wee Herman, who provides a great little answering-machine bit at the end of "911." Lauper is a fantastic vocalist, meaning that any record producer worth hiring would be happy to dream up endless settings for her. This album is nothing if not ambitious, and some of the stretches really pay off, such as the ultimately endearing cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." Other aspects date badly. For example, highly reverberated and artificial sounding drums and keyboards were really popular at the time, but a vocalist with a clear voice such as Lauper sounds much better in the context of real instruments with their warmer sounds. When it comes to tunes such as the nice Cajun number "The Faraway Nearby," drums should have been turned way down and other instrumental colors brought up. Despite these sorts of problems, there really wasn't that much music recorded by this artist during her most popular period, so fans will no doubt want to own it all.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644031324
catalogNumber: 40313

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Emulator,Beat Box
Bangles   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Rick Derringer   Guitar,Track Performer
Billy Joel   Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Pee Wee Herman   Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Aimee Mann   Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Jeff Bova   Keyboards,Track Performer
Jimmy Bralower   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Track Performer,Beat Box,Linn Drum
Anton Fig   Drums,Track Performer
Jon Goldberger   Track Performer
Robert Holmes   Guitar,Track Performer
Neil Jason   Bass,Bass Guitar,Track Performer
John McCurry   Guitar,Track Performer
Lennie Petze   Percussion,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Wood   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Track Performer
James Box   Guitar

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Arranger
Cyndi Lauper   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Essra Mohawk   Songwriter
Pee Wee Herman   Guest Operator
Jeff Bova   Arranger
Jimmy Bralower   Arranger
Jon Goldberger   Sound Effects
Tom Kelly   Composer
Stephen Broughton Lunt   Arranger
Lennie Petze   Arranger,Producer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
David Wolff   Executive Producer
Peter Wood   Arranger
Annie Leibovitz   Cover Photo
Holland MacDonald   Art Direction
Holland McDonald   Art Direction
Brian McGee   Engineer
Bruce G. Ando   Artwork

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True Colors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Who was the weirdo that wrote this album "overview" for B&N? Was this person even alive in 1986? Yes, Cyndi Lauper's dominance on the pop charts was not long-lived, but saying this album was a flop is simply untrue. The reviewer calls the "True Colors" single a sort-of hit?! It was a number one song that is still played today and has been covered by lots of other artists. It has become an anthem for the LGBT community. "Change of Heart" went to No. 3 on the charts. "What's Going On" made it to #12. The album went double platinum in the U.S. Quite a few artists would love to have a "flop" like True Colors. Anyway. Is it as as good as "She's So Unusual"? No. It's a follow-up and you can see Cyndi trying to bring more of her Blue Angel style to it, with the record label really just wanting She's So Unusual part 2. So you get a compromise of sorts. This is a common story in the history of pop music. It's well worth the time and money to listen to Lauper's unique brand of pop music. There is plenty to love about this album if you enjoy 80s pop music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is actually for the barnes and noble company. I thought Id tell you people that this album was not released in 1990, it was released in 1986. So you might want to change that. It could get confusing for people . Bye
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album It is my favorite out of all Cyndi's albums and is The one with The most reasonable price. My favorite part is when she replayed Mabey He'll Now, again. It was a great song to me. Another great song I admire on this album is Calm Inside The Storm, my all time favorite out of all her songs.