Cyndi Lauper True Colors Numbered Limited Edition LP
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A Vocal Tour de Force: 1986 Sophomore Effort Stacked With Big-Name Guests and
Grammy-Nominated Double-Platinum Set Includes Internationally Recognized Title
Track Plus Top 10 Singles “What’s Going On” and “Change of Heart”
Illuminative Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering
System and Pressed at RTI
Cyndi Lauper could’ve easily played up the independent wild-child pop
persona she established on her breakthrough debut until the trend faded.
Instead, on her superb sophomore effort, the charismatic artist opts for a more
mature and creatively ambitious program, inviting big-name guests and pursuing
deeper instrumental textures on a set that goes far beyond the well-known title
track. True Colors is a vocal tour de force, an expressive statement on which
Lauper showcases singing steeped in emotion, phrasing, and earnestness.
Bringing Lauper's rich timbre to the fore, and mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s
world-renowned mastering system, this RTI-pressed LP presents the 1986 album in
the finest fidelity it’s ever enjoyed. Period touches such as synthesized
drumbeats and layered keyboards no longer sound blatantly artificial or canned.
Instruments now possess a warmer, fuller roundness that fleshes out their role
in the compositions. And Lauper’s vocals—at times balladic, soaring, plaintive,
stylish, and celebratory—occupy a defined place in the mix, anchoring songs
etched with tonal expressiveness and diverse arrangements.
An all-star cast aids Lauper in shaping what remains a colossally underrated
record. Billy Joel (vocals), Adrian Belew (guitar), the Bangles
(vocals), Aimee Mann (vocals), Nile Rodgers (guitar), and Rick
Derringer (guitar) are among the guests. So is Pee Wee Herman, whose
telephone operator role at the conclusion of “911” speaks to the fact that
Lauper didn’t abandon her whimsical nature even as she pressed forward. Cajun
accents, soulful motifs (“What’s Going On”), and joyous covers of traditional
fare (“Iko Iko”) keep the album pleasantly varied and accessibly offbeat.
Of course, Lauper also turns in, with “True Colors,” what’s arguably her
career-defining moment, the chart-topping single radiating with gorgeous
elegance and graceful phrasing that forced audiences to regard the performer in
a different light. For her boldness, Lauper was rewarded with two Grammy
nominations and a song that has since been covered by artists such as Phil
Collins and appeared as the theme for the 1988 Olympic Games and 2003 Rugby
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Gatefold Jacket
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system.
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
1. Change of Heart
2. Maybe He’ll Know
3. Boy Blue
4. True Colors
5. Calm Inside the Storm
1. What’s Going On
2. Iko Iko
3. The Faraway Nearby
5. One Track Mind