Though the tragic events of September 11, 2001 inspired many artists to create works celebrating the American way of life, few seemed as appropriate as COLORS by the Oak Ridge Boys. One of the longest-running groups in country music, the band started as a small-town Tennessee gospel combo in the early 1940's.
In true Horatio Alger fashion, they eventually became one of the biggest-selling vocal groups in history. Although their personnel has changed many times, the Boys' signature four-part harmony singing has remained as warm, rich and familiar as ever. Here, the group assembles a top-notch collection of overtly patriotic songs that pay tribute both to American institutions and the country's indomitable spirit in times of crisis.
Highlights include "G.I. Joe And Lillie," a real-life WWII love story written about tenor Joe Bonsall's parents, and the group's gorgeous a cappella reading of "The Star Spangled Banner." The Oak Ridge Boys themselves are a testament to the power of the American dream, and with COLORS they deliver a sincere and heartfelt effort that is likely to make even the most adamant cynic's chest swell with national pride.
"Colors" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
* Absence Of Love, The
* Home Stretch, The
* American Beauty
* This Is America
* American Family, An
* Let It Ride
* Sincerely I Remain
* G.I. Joe & Lillie
* Glory Bound
* Thank God For Kids
* Star-Spangled Banner, The
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Studio: Spring Hill
Record Label Spring Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2003
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 0012222852 ISBN13 0789042104227 UPC 789042104227
"Colors" is just another wonderful project from the mighty Oak Ridge Boys. Age isn't slowing them down....if fact, I think they are speeding up!! I've been a fan for over 20 years now and will be until the end!! They do it better than ANYONE!!
Album worth keeping Dec 21, 2003
I bought this album intenchionaly for my father. I watched him as he broke out into tears which he had not done for a long time. The one song on this album "G.I. Joe & Lilly" is in fact a true story about his mother and father. They both have passed on and are curently burried at Alinington National Cemetary but Joe Bonsall had wrote the song and in my eyes, I believe he did a great job and his parents would be proud of him. The song "An American Family" is a really nice song, it speaks of a family who lives in the house but it speaks of the whole family including the children and grand children. The song "Colors" is a very good song about the flag and this country, it shows thier respect for this country and what they believe in standing up for and that is this country. This album in my eyes is religous and the name Jesus and God is mentioned on the album quite a few times. If you would like to give a gift worth giving to a friend or a family member who is a Veteran of ANY war I would suggest you give him/her this album. As I said my father broke out in tears because of the music. I hope I helped you on your selection of this album, and I hope you do buy the album if only to suppose religion, veterans, or family.
Country Radio is missing out by not playing "Colors"!!! Aug 4, 2003
It's hard to imagine the Oak Ridge Boys making a less than perfect album. "Colors" is more than just another patriotic flag-waving songs. G.I. Joe and Lillie is just the greatest song about the generation that brought us through WWII, and is especially touching to be the personal story of Joe's parents. (Read the book by the same name, it's great too!) "Colors" should be play on radio, but it isn't, which is further commentary on the sad state of today's Country Radio. And it's too bad too, as this album is just super. The Oak Ridge Boys continue to put out excellent work, and this is another in their long list of greats.
COLORS Is Awesome: Another powerful performance by the Boys! May 30, 2003
"RED as the bloodshed, BLUE as the wounded, WHITE as the crosses on our soldiers' graves... These colors never run!" From the very beginning of the first track (the title song, "Colors"), when those powerful words hit me, I knew this was going to be a special CD. And it is!
This CD is full of passion, patriotism, insight, faith, family, love, hope, & POWER HARMONY like only the Boys can sing it!
This is a must have CD for any Oak Ridge Boys fan, Country Music fan, &/or anyone who loves to listen to great harmony!
Highly Recommended!! May 30, 2003
Another great CD from the fabulous Oak Ridge Boys, who just seem to get better and better year after year. Their patriotism and love of God shine proudly throughout this effort. Especially moving is "This Is America", penned by Norah Lee Allen, wife of lead baritone Duane Allen; and tenor Joe Bonsall's moving personal tribute to his beloved father and mother in "G.I. Joe and Lillie". "Colors" honors our American Flag and the sacrifices that have been made and are being made even today to keep this country free. Thank you Oak Ridge Boys for sharing your heartfelt beliefs and your immense talent with all of us.