Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Colour and the Shape CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) TOCP-50186 4988006728226
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Roswell Records CDEST 2295 724385583223
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell Records CDP 7243 8 55832 2 3 724385583223
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell Records 7243 8 55832 2 3 724385583223
The Colour and the Shape (Australian tour pack) 2×CD 13 + 4 724349338821
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Roswell Records 82876 55495 2 828765549523
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Roswell Records 82876 55495 2 828765549523
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition) CD 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records 8869 709183-2 886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition) CD 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records 88697 09183 2 886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (remastered 10th anniversary special edition) CD 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records 88697 09183 2 886970918329
The Colour and the Shape (limited edition) CD 14 Roswell Records, BMG JAPAN 88697-16746-2, BVCM-35130 4988017652077
The Colour and the Shape Digital Media 14 Roswell Records 884977570328
The Colour and the Shape Vinyl 13 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), Roswell Records 88697983221RE1 886979832213
The Colour and the Shape CD 14 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697 69446 2 886976944629
The Colour and the Shape (unknown) 16
Promotion
The Colour and the Shape CD 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Roswell Records CDPP 001 [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Everlong
Monkey Wrench
My Hero
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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.