Okay this is going to be tough…..
Colin Vearncombe (a.k.a. Black) is a bit of a personal musical hero of mine and at the moment he is seriously ill and in a coma. I’m on his mailing list and got this update today.
“We promised to keep you updated with news about Colin. Until yesterday we had very little firm information other than that he was in a coma following a road traffic accident on the morning of Sunday 10th, not far from Cork airport, and that he was in a critical condition.
However scans have revealed that the injuries to his brain are worse than we feared and that he has only a slim chance of pulling through. He is in a stable condition, which is being managed by the amazing staff of the Intensive Treatment Unit, with his family by his side.
More scans are scheduled for Friday morning
, however it is clear that if we are going to see an improvement, we will need a miracle.
Colin’s wife Camilla has asked that anyone who wants to, to send collective healing and positive energy to Colin particularly between 12:00 and 14:00 GMT,
today, Wednesday 20th
in the hope of the miracle we need.
If you miss this time, no matter – your thoughts are still very welcome.
We understand that you may wish to send some token of your love, however, the hospital is unable to accept flowers or gifts.
We would ask that the family are given space to deal with these difficult times in private.”
It doesn’t look good and I fear another orbituary is around the corner, I bloody hope not.
As I may have mentioned I’ve been following his music from 1984, the many changes, the highs and the lows. An accomplished solo artist who can captivate an audience I have managed to catch him a few times live (not as many times as I should) I eventually got him to sign some stuff and have a brief chat. He has a wonderful deep scouse accent with an irish lilt and was very polite and humble as I became a bit of stuttering fanboy.
So why this upload? This was the last album he did for the major label A&M Records and is quite hard to get hold of. I have 2 vinyl copies of it, one very worn out and never got my hands on a CD copy (it has never been re-released!) Some of his strongest work with collaboration with Sam Brown and the late Robert Palmer on “Fly Up To The Moon” and ” “Learning How To Hate” respectively. Produced by long time collaborator Robin Millar it was released in 1991 and never marketed properly and sold very little. So a great work was ignored. Mellow and thoughtful, my own thoughts go out towards Colin and his family with fingers tightly crossed.
A&M Records – 397 126 1
||Too Many Times
||Feel Like Change
||Here It Comes Again
||Learning How To Hate
||Fly Up To The Moon
||Let’s Talk About Me
||Sweet Breath Of Your Rapture
||She’s My Best Friend
||This Is Life