The Winstons ‎– Color Him Father / Amen, Brother

Metromedia Records ‎– MMS-117
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Santa Maria Pressing

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A Color Him Father
Written-By – R. Spencer*
B Amen, Brother
Arranged By – The Winstons

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Pressing and label variation, vinyl pressing made by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria as indicated by etched 'S' in runouts.

A Pitman styrene pressing and Terre Haute styrene pressing also exist, both with identical labels.

Label typesetting supplied by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman.

Although "stereo" is stated on both labels, only "Color Him Father" is actually stereo. "Amen, Brother" is a mono track.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): ZTS 144398
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): ZTS 144399
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant 1)): ZTS 144398-2D SSSS
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant 1)): ZTS 144399-2D S
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant 2)): ZTS 144398-2B sS
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant 2)): ZTS-144399-1C sssss e
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant 3)): ZTS 144398-2E SI
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant 3)): ZTS 144399-2D SII

Other Versions (5 of 26) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FK-3017, MM-117 The Winstons Colour Him Father(7") Festival Records, Festival Records FK-3017, MM-117 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
NG 509 The Winstons Color Him Father (7") Negram NG 509 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
MMS-117 The Winstons Color Him Father / Amen Brother(7") Metromedia Records MMS-117 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
FX11644 The Winstons Colour Him Father(7", EP, Mono) Festival Records FX11644 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
LL-2280-MD, MD-468-3/MD-468-4 The Winstons Color Him Father / Amen, Brother(7", Single) Columbia, Metromedia Records LL-2280-MD, MD-468-3/MD-468-4 Japan 1969 Sell This Version


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January 16, 2019
I buy this every time I see it... better me have it than all people selling them at a premium price. I'd rather give them away to quality DJs then see them go to hipster doofuses.


April 24, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
parts of "amen brother" sound alot like "we're a winner" by the Impressions (Curtis mayfield) from the year before this, (1968)


March 16, 2014

Just a little FYI:
The Amen break used in most UK 'Ardkore, Jungle, House, and etc productions is actually lifted from Mantronix "King of the Beats", not the original recording of the Amen Brother. Mantronix added additional percussion and processing that adds to the hissy nature of the breakbeat. If your trying to make the above mentioned music authentic to the early 90s you'll want to use the Mantronix version. The other version worthy of use is the one NWA used in Straight outta Compton which has its on unique colored sound. This NWA amen was used extensively in 1991.


January 7, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
Just paid £18.00 for this 7" money well spent haven worth every penny i got the original press


January 18, 2011
As everyone commenting on this 7" single, it's the B-Side that I will be commenting on, Amen Brother.
Without realising it, the Watsons and the drummer/ vocalist Gregory Coleman had created one of the most important records within modern music. The 6 second drum break that begins at 1:27 help create modern dance music & hip-hop. When the early Hardcore & Jungle music was being pioneered, you would find that 90% was sampling the Amen Brother drum break.
I am surprised that not a lot of fuss isn't being made about this record, not only because of the infamous 6 second drum break but also for the fact that it is an all round great song.


May 5, 2010
edited over 11 years ago
There is no way The Winstons could have known. Technology is odd like that. Here we were wishing for hoverboards when instead all we got were ipods.

Amazing tune that proves the old adage, "What is one man's trash is another man's treasure"!


May 5, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
If only The Winstons had known...

Amen Brother is, without a doubt, one of the most influential songs to have ever been recorded. In spite of this high accord, it is also one of the most under recognized songs by mainstream music. It's there though. Lurking in an untold number of drum and bass, breakbeat and hiphop songs. A staple of thousands of producers worldwide. Chances are you have heard it spliced into many songs, commercials, movie title tracks and many other sources. Maybe it catches your ear. Chances are though you'd be damned if you could name the source.

Well here it is. A one shot single from a 60's RnB group that launched entire genres into existence.

If only they had known. If only they could foreseen the rise of sampling in music. Perhaps they would receive the credit and royalties they well deserve.


May 2, 2006
edited over 15 years ago

One of my first great moments in crate digging involved me finding 3 copies of this 7" in the "Winger" section at my local record shop. For $2 each. I took them all! "Amen, Brother" is probably my favorite break, it's the one that inspired me to start looking for drum breaks on old records. It has been used countless times in many of the greatest jungle and hiphop tracks of all time. Essential!