"back in 85 this disc was slammin.and it's still his best solo record.the oak tree to me was far better than the bird.this album should have been even bigger than it was.morris is still cool.and can play some skins."
MORRIS DAY IS THE KING OF COOL
KEVIN201@WEBTV.NET | LONG BEACH CALIF | 04/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I BROUGHT THIS CD BACK IN 87 WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND IT WAS THE BEST I EVER HEARD. I LOST IT AND WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO REORDER IT AND I STILL THINK IT THE BEST WITH SONG LIKE OAK TREE AND DON'T WAIT FOR ME NO ONE CAN PUT IT DOWN LIKE MORRIS AND YOU KNOW THIS MAN."
MORRIS IS THE MAN
R. Toomey | Piscataway, NJ United States | 08/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! This one takes me back. I love "The Oak Tree". No matter what anybody else says, he can still jam on his own without "The Time".This album proves it. After you've heard it you too will be doing "The Oak Tree". Go get 'em Morris."
He's still the man!
KEVIN201@WEBTV.NET | 06/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With The Time gone, along with the production of the Starr Company (Prince), Morris Day had to show the world he could do it on his own. Thank goodness for "The Color of Success." Showcasing his writing and musical skills, he proved that he could still create new dances ("The Oak Tree" wasn't as popular as "The Bird", but was a hit, nonetheless), and he could write a ballad as great as the next man. To this day, I still don't know why "Don't Wait For Me", the most requested song on the radio from that album, was never released as a single."Love Sign" and "Love/Addiction" were jams to lay back and enjoy, and the title track is one to criuse to.With this talent, one has to wonder why Morris Day (and his group The Time) decided to tease us with only 6 songs on each album? (Day somewhat changed that pattern by releasing 8 on his next effort, "Daydreaming"...probably to make room for Jam/Lewis productions) Still, Morris proved with "Success" that he could tease us and get away with it. And he showed he could do it without his cousin's help (Prince, for those who didn't know)."
COLOR OF SUCCESS (WARNER BROS. RECORDS/1986)
prospero72 | Cox's Creek, Kentucky | 12/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"REVIEW: After parting ways with The Time: lead singer/songwriter Morris Day released this carefully crafted R&B/funk-flavored party record which he hoped would catapult him into solo superstardom. Coming off the heels of his acting debut in Prince's "PURPLE RAIN" movie, and the release of the bestselling Time album "ICE CREAM CASTLE": you'd think that "COLOR OF SUCCESS" would have made a more impressive showing on the pop charts. However, it proved to be a massive R&B smash: chalking up three hit singles, and making it to Number 7 on the album list. In truth the record hasn't aged quite as well even though "The Oak Tree" rivals anything Day has done with The Time (or for that matter: anything Prince has done). But the LP is rich in quirky little dance tracks like "Love Sign" and the shimmering "Love/Addiction" (in which Day - ever the charming rogue - finds the tables turned as a girl plays HIM for a change) as well as the low-key, autobiographical numbers "The Character" and "Color Of Success". The only song that doesn't really work is the "Gigolos Get Lonely Too"-spin off "Don't Wait For Me" which (in spite of some excellent guitar at the end) has the weakest melody of the lot and overstays its welcome by about three minutes. But regardless of its flaws: "COLOR OF SUCCESS" is a rollicking little dance record that should please newly converted Prince/Time fans while reminding those of us who grew up in the 80's that the phrase "back in the 'Day'" really meant "What Time is it?"! HARSH LANGUAGE: none. VIOLENCE: none. SEXUAL REFERENCES: about 8 references to Morris' wildman, "player" attitude. DRUG REFERENCES: none.
HIGHEST BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART POSITION: Number 37
HIGHEST BILLBOARD R&B ALBUM CHART POSITION: Number 7
"Color Of Success" (R&B/HIP HOP: Number 15)
"The Oak Tree" (BILLBOARD: Number 65, R&B/HIP HOP: Number 3, DANCE MUSIC/MAXI-SINGLES: Number 3, DANCE MUSIC/CLUB PLAY: Number 14)