Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Colour and the ShapeCD14
  • JP1997-05-10
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)TOCP-501864988006728226
The Colour and the ShapeCD13
  • GB1997-05-12
Roswell RecordsCDEST 2295724385583223
The Colour and the ShapeCD13
  • US1997-05-20
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell RecordsCDP 7243 8 55832 2 3724385583223
The Colour and the ShapeCD13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell Records7243 8 55832 2 3724385583223
The Colour and the Shape (Australian tour pack)2×CD13 + 4
  • AU1998-01-19
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell Records7243 4 93388 2 1724349338821
The Colour and the ShapeCD13
Roswell Records82876 55495 2828765549523
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition)CD19
  • AR2007-07-10
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records8869 709183-2886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition)CD19
  • XE2007-07-10
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records88697 09183 2886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition)CD19
  • US2007-07-10
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records88697 09183 2886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (limited edition)CD14
  • JP2007-09-26
Roswell Records, BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, use “BMG Rights Management”)88697-16746-2, BVCM-351304988017652077
The Colour and the ShapeDigital Media14
  • XW2010-03-30
Roswell Records884977570328
The Colour and the ShapeVinyl13
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records88697983221RE1886979832213
The Colour and the ShapeCD14
  • US2018-03-16
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)88697 69446 2886976944629
The Colour and the ShapeCD13RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records82876 55495 2828765549523
The Colour and the Shape(unknown)16
Promotion
The Colour and the ShapeCD13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell RecordsCDPP 001[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Everlong
Monkey Wrench
My Hero
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 82) (order: 82)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/62129 [info]
reviews:http://www.avclub.com/review/foo-fighters-emthe-colour-and-the-shapeem-20775 [info]
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,288016,00.html [info]
http://www.inmusicwetrust.com/articles/01r15.html [info]
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-colour-and-the-shape-19970529 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5df9 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/F/Foo_Fighters/Discography/Colour_and_the_Shape,_The/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/27099 [info]
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Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000088006 [info]
Wikidata:Q968646 [info]

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Originally released in 1997, The Colour And The Shape marked Foo Fighters' coming of age. The follow-up to 1995's self-titled debut, it marked the first appearance of a whole band rather than just Dave Grohl, who'd played pretty much everything on the first album himself. And while the goodwill and smart tunes saw it succeed, The Colour And The Shape sounds fuller and more dynamic, especially under the auspicious production skills of Gil (Pixies) Norton, it gave the first indication that Foo Fighters could easily surpass the heights - and step out of the shadow of – Dave's previous employers, Nirvana.

Originally meant as some loose concept album about the beginning and end of a relationship, Grohl's lyrics read in hindsight suggest a nice man tackling everyday issues, and who was laying his heart on the line. There is a sad undercurrent of loss and regret under some of the finest born-for-stadiums rock outs. The gentle strums of opener Doll offers a vulnerable moment before Monkey Wrench ignites and blasts off into orbit. Highlights such as powerhousing My Hero and the majestic Everlong rank among the band's classics and were the pathway to the band ultimately selling out Wembley for a couple of nights in 2008.

It's still, somewhat worryingly, their biggest selling album in America, where it was showered with nominations for VMAs and Grammys at the time. Over in the UK, it confirmed the beginnings of a beautiful relationship between the Foos and very large crowds.

The Colour And The Shape may have got somewhat lost in 1997's other significant albums, in what was a bit of a vintage year, however 12 years on, it sounds fresh as a singalong-in', lighters aloftin' metal-pop daisy.