Colin Mansfield

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Colin Mansfield
Colin Mansfield is a composer, musician and producer based in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was a founding member of Fine Art and Grey Area, playing guitar and occasional keyboards for both bands. He also works as a solo artist.
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BWR009 Colin Mansfield - Millions album art Colin Mansfield Millions(8xFile, MP3, 320) Blue Water Records BWR009 US 2005


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January 21, 2018
Colin was only five years old when he received his first guitar. Another thirteen years would pass, however, before he started his first (covers) band in 1967. Colin originally left his native England for the United States in 1969. There he played incidental music (solo guitar) for Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop in 1969 and 1971 and attended the University of Minnesota. Back in England, he formed the band Broken Wings in 1970.

Colin moved permanently back to Minnesota the following year, where he revived Broken Wings in 1972-74. He made his first 4-track recordings in 1975-76 for artists such as Zeitgeist and Groundfog. He formed Fine Art in 1977 with Ken Carlson, Terri Paul and Carole Mansfield [aka K(ay) Maxwell]. Fine Art's debut album came out in October 1978, and in the same year, Colin became "import buyer" for Pickwick Records. He started Twin City Imports in 1980 and, in the same year, began recording demos for Hüsker Dü. The demos are known as the "Northern Lights Demos", "The Colin Mansfield Tapes" and the "Statues" sessions (also called "The Blackberry Way Sessions").

When Fine Art disbanded in 1984, Colin began to work on his solo, computer-based music. He wrote theme and incidental music for the Gizmode radio show in 1985 and started Grey Area with Greg Norton (ex-Hüsker Dü) and Jo Jones. In 1990, he wrote incidental music for Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of Crusoe.

Grey Area disbanded in 1991 and Colin returned to his solo projects. His first completed solo work was Colinizations I, a demo project, which was completely re-worked and released as Colinizations II in 1998. His second release, Black Box, White Table, followed in 1999. Colin has also made field recordings for Mike Lane's Starshine EP, remastered Jean West's Image CD and recorded demos for her next album. In 2002, he produced an EP for the St. Paul based band, The Camdens, and started working with their guitarist, Scott Walker, on his solo project. He started a collaboration in 2005 with the electronic musician C. J. Wray, called Sound Commandos, whose self-titled album was released in June of 2006.

Colin's production credits include: Hüsker Dü, The Dignity of Labour, Grey Area's demos, Fine Art's self-titled album and Scan, Loyal Subjects' Subjectivity, Language Club's Babel, six John Music track demos, demos for Corrected Ready-Made and Beat The Dutch, Borrowed Time's self-titled album, Hypstrz's demos, The Camdens and Scott Walker's EP and album.