Chromagain ‎– Any Colour You Like



Killing Dome
After The Clouds
Season Of Steel

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SF 004 Chromagain Any Colour You Like(12", MiniAlbum, W/Lbl) Supporti Fonografici SF 004 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
MNQ 010 Chromagain Any Colour We Liked(14xFile, FLAC, Album) Mannequin MNQ 010 Italy 2011
ANNA 028-CD.2011, MNQ 010 Chromagain Any Colour We Liked(CD, Album, RM) Anna Logue Records, Mannequin ANNA 028-CD.2011, MNQ 010 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
ANNA 028.2011, MNQ 010 Chromagain Any Colour We Liked(LP, Album, RM) Anna Logue Records, Mannequin ANNA 028.2011, MNQ 010 Germany 2011 Sell This Version



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January 29, 2011
referencing Any Colour We Liked, LP, Album, RM, ANNA 028.2011, MNQ 010

… is the highly anticipated and Anna’s first release in co-operation with the Mannequin label from Rome, Italy. CHROMAGAIN were Luca Pastore (bass, guitar, synthesiser, lyrics, backing vocals), Silvio Ferrero (synthesisers) and DavideBassino (vocals, lyrics) from Torino, Italy, and was formed in 1982. CHROMAGAIN had two other singers (at first Riccardo Acuto, then Danilo ‘Dana’ Barbero) before Davide Bassino joined as the main vocalist and core member. They started as a post-punk outfit in 1982, then evolving to one of the top-notch Italian electronic dark wave bands. The influence of Joy Division/New Order is inevitable, the playful and melodic bass and lots of synthesisers form the backbone to their songs. In 1985 they released their only vinyl mini-LP “Any Colour You Like” (Supporti Fonografici, SF 004; this label was also home of the similar sounding Weimar Gesang) which was recorded at TKS studio together Mauro Tavella and Andrea Costa of MONUMENTS fame, so no wonder you may recognize some similarity (the Simmons drum machine on those recording sessions, DX-7 synthesiser, etc.). The mini-LP had five tracks ranging from the rather most Italian dark wave sounding “Satisfied” to the up-beat track “Spot”, from the dark wave killer “Killing Dome” (oh that bass… this is for the goth clubs) to the hauntingly beautiful ballad “After The Clouds” and finally to their most New Order-ish track “Season Of Steel”. “Any Colour You Like” has been a highly sought-after and expensive rarity ever since and a re-issue was more than overdue, so here is “Any Colour We Liked”, a retrospective compilation of CHROMAGAIN’s works: The vinyl version of “Any Colour We Liked” includes the complete and remastered mini-LP “Any Colour You Like”, plus “Wake Up” (a different version to the one previously released on the “Danza Meccanica – Italian Synth Wave 1982-1987” LP/CD compilation, MNQ 005/ITN 012), “Ethnicbox” from the “Tracce” LP compilation (1984, Shirak, CNW 8440) plus a previously unreleased Dub Instrumental version of “Season Of Steel” and artwork by Mushy (Valentina Fanigliulo), thus covering their later phase from 1984/85 with Davide on vocals. The digipak-CD version comes with a different artwork (by Steve Lippert) and an additional six bonus tracks covering all their recordings back to 1982 including a demo version of “Killing Dome”, an alternative early ‘whistle’ version of “Spot” and the tracks featuring the other two singers, Riccardo and Dana. All those additional tracks are nothing but amazing, too, with a more raw edge and wonderful Roland TR-808 drum machine action all through. Dana’s voics is very reminiscent to the one of Belgian singer Geert Coppens, so “Sometimes” and “Killing Dome (Demo)” will more than just appeal to those into Twilight Ritual/Autumn, while the very earliest tracks “Hertzdance” and “I Cut My Nerves” with Riccardo on vocals are more showing their (post-)electro-punk roots. Surely a true classic and not be missed!