The WinstonsColor Him Father / Amen, Brother

Label:Metromedia Records – MMS-117
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk


AColor Him Father
Written-ByR. Spencer*
BAmen, Brother
Arranged ByThe 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

  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched in runout areas): s
  • 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

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Color Him Father / Amen, Brother (7", 45 RPM, Promo, Styrene, Pitman Pressing)Metromedia RecordsMM-117US1969
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Color Him Father (7", 45 RPM, Single, Solid Centre)Pye International7N.25493UK1969
Color Him Father (7", 45 RPM, Promo)Pye International7N 25493UK1969
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Colour Him Father (7", 45 RPM)Festival Records, Festival RecordsFK-3017, MM-117New Zealand1969
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Color Him Father / Amen, Brother (7", 45 RPM, Styrene, Stereo, Mono, Terre Haute Pressing)Metromedia RecordsMMS-117US1969



  • BarnyardOrbit's avatar
    Interesting to note that "Color Him Father" has a similar song structure when compared to the 1967
    • jtm1967's avatar
      It’s a shame that Richard Spencer was not taken care of by at the very least the multi millionaires that sampled the break. Ice cube can’t afford to take care of this guy? Come on
      • Big-Beat-Beddy's avatar
        Edited 7 months ago
        "Amen, Brother" is an uptempo instrumental funk cover of U.S. gospel standard, "Amen". Whosampled estimates that the drum break was used in over 5000 songs, typically by hip hop, drum 'n' bass and big beat artists, making it the most sampled in history. The drummer, G. C. Coleman, was said to have died destitute and unaware of this widespread use, for which he and the band received no official credit. In 2015, a British crowd-funding campaign seeking to redress this raised £24,000 for The Winstons' bandleader Richard Spencer, and a second one is ongoing.
        • chrisnova777's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          parts of "amen brother" sound alot like "we're a winner" by the Impressions (Curtis mayfield) from the year before this, (1968)
          • Stuck_In_1992's avatar
            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.
            • MARKVISIONARY's avatar
              Edited 9 years ago
              Just paid £18.00 for this 7" money well spent haven worth every penny i got the original press
              • AudioVision2007's avatar
                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.
                • Nepthys's avatar
                  Edited 14 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"!
                  • 5hade's avatar
                    Edited 17 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.
                    • pipecock's avatar
                      Edited 18 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!


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