Flying Colors – True Colors (Album)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)


It’s here! The original sound of the first Flying Colors album, before it was mastered in the loudness wars of contemporary commercial releases.

True Colors is the raw master created by legendary mix engineer and possible Faustian bargain-maker Michael Brauer. It’s what the band heard in the studio. How close is to the commercial master? It’s close, but noticeable. You can hear Kayla in the Trailer, minus the bridge (unless you wanted a five-minute trailer). It’s only YouTube-quality audio, but gives you an idea what to expect.

You probably already bought the commercial release, so True Colors is an $8 digital download, and there’s no CD version (although you can burn one from the WAV files). The download is 1GB, and includes:

  • The original, raw 16-bit WAV files.
  • Uncompressed FLAC.
  • 320 Kbps MP3 files.
  • 256 Kbps iTunes/AAC files.
  • A 102 page (51 spreads) digital booklet in Ultra HD. It’s packed with all-new artwork, an award-awaiting new cover by Bill, and 50 unreleased photos from the making of the album.

10 reviews for Flying Colors – True Colors (Album)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    rsdestruction (verified owner)

    Beyond the most optimistic expectations!
    Thanks to Bill I had the chance to listen to one of FC’s best albums!
    Great job by the band and all the team.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    tomwallace03 (verified owner)

    True Colors is a great new addition to any Flying Colors fan’s collection. The new photo book alone is worth the price. Just downloaded the music files and began listening. Love the quality of the WAV and MP3 files. Have not yet finished listening to all versions of all songs. But we, as Flying Color fans, know the talent within and behind this band. So we know we’ll be pleased.

    True Colors offers us all something refreshing and new to hold us over until the third album comes out. Can’t wait!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    jeremyhaynes (verified owner)

    This was like hearing This record, already one of my all time favorites, for the first time again. Casey’s angelic vocals sound as crisp as ever and it is great to hear the new mix on Kayla. Great job guys, can’t wait for FC III. This year???

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    mdptweety (verified owner)

    Excellent product. Every fan of Flying Colors must have it. The artwork it´s great and the quality of the music is awesome. Very happy with the chance to adquire this. Thanks Bill and all the family of FC!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    rapturepurple (verified owner)

    Love the album and the artwork!
    Any music of Flying Colors is worth getting, but this one shines among them all.
    Thrilled to bits already after the first listen, and am sure it will grow on me even more.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    juanpablocafiero (verified owner)

    Loving it! I am rediscovering one of my favourite albums. It was my introduction to prog so it´s kind of special. The new sound is great and it comes with a really cool new booklet. If you are a fan of this amazing musicians you must have it.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    danielrodriguesmiguel (verified owner)

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to the original sound of the first Flying Colors album. I mean, I’ve lived with the songs that make up that record for the past five years and I know them inside out. I have all the little nuances and subtleties of those songs imprinted in my head and I can probably mentally play all of them from start to finish at the drop of a hat. Could this new release surprise me in some way? I didn’t really now. Well, the answer is clearly affirmative. This anti-loudness version of the songs does give them a different (I’d say new—because it’s new to me– but they existed in this form before they were mastered) life and breath. You’ll immediately realize upon listening to “True Colors” that some parts of the songs pop out in ways they do not in the previously released version (sometimes catching you by surprise). In a way, I kind of felt like I was listening the songs for the first time so that was pretty cool!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    geoffbailie (verified owner)

    Pulled down from the metaphorical shelf, polished and buffed until it glistens, yes this is Flying Colors, but it’s fresher, crisper, clearer and fuller than it was. What this version does is present the songs at their very best – I’ve heard this music many many times before but compesssion means that elements got lost in the big sound – those are the things that stand out- backing vocals, little guitar or keyboard colourings , all supported by MP and Dave LaRue coming through packing the punch of one of rock’s finest rhythm sections. It’s not a case of “Ive already got that” but rather “Hear it again for the first time”

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    mike.public (verified owner)

    This sounds great. It’s really nice to see artists becoming aware that compression negates the sonic richness of their voices and instruments. Their audience doesn’t want it.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    runbydogs (verified owner)

    Absolutely loving it. Great to have had the chance to acquire this version!

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A must have !!! ::

April 17, 2018 Facundoetorres

Excellent re issue of the first album. A must have for any FC fan ! The quality in the art book is awesome.


February 17, 2018 Oorschot



February 8, 2018 Shopping.diedrich

I tried to dowload my purchased items, but I was only able to download the artwork, MP3- and Itunes-version. The FLAC- and wave-version wasn't completed. But when I try to restart the download I always recieve this massage "Sorry, you have reached your download limit for this file Go to shop" ... what can I do to get the other files I paid for? FLAC and wave are the only versions I'm interested for full sound experience. Please give me an answer ... regards, Florian Diedrich


February 3, 2018 Fioriblu67

Rubbish ::

January 19, 2018 OGILVIE.ANDREW

Rubbish Service . Had issues downloading the PDF booklet that was never resolved. and then just forgotten about

Paid my money for nothing. ::

October 26, 2017 Ryften

I ordered the Flying Colors "True Colors" download on October 18th. I went to download it for the first time today, October 25th, only to be told that the download had expired. At no point in the purchase process was I made aware that the download was time-sensitive. I was out of town on business, & made the initial purchase from a work computer, fully expecting that I could download what I had purchased when I arrived home & could use my personal machine. As it stands right now, I purchased an album from Calliopia for $8, and received absolutely nothing for my money. Any chance I can actually get what I purchased? Or did I just give my money away?

FLAC download canceled; won't allow another attempt ::

October 21, 2017 Greg.maran

I queued the FLAC version of the download and left the room. Came back to see the download was canceled. Tried to download again, and was informed that I have reached my download limit. The MP3 and digital book downloaded fine.

Download is not possible ::

October 20, 2017 Trafimovich

Very good. The problem was salved. Thank you

the download counter ::

October 12, 2017 Markus.J.Hermann

Somehow there was a bug in firefox during downloading the art work and mp3 fiels which yield that i dont have the files.


September 30, 2017

Review ::

September 29, 2017 Rfariacampos

What a great way to revisit one of my favorite albums ever! 5 years ago, Flying Colors show us this masterpiece and now we have a chance to hear again, on different way. Don't try to rush on this audition on you will miss the strings on " Kayla" or how the drums sounds better! Bill Evans: another great work!!!

A classic... ::

September 26, 2017 Jeremyhaynes

Thus was like hearing This record,already one of my all time favorites, for the first time again. Casey’s angelic vocals sound as crisp as ever and it is great to hear the new mix on Kayla. Great job guys, can’t wait for FC III. This year???

Excellent product, very happy!! ::

September 26, 2017 Mdptweety

Everything worked as promised. I'm very happy with the album! Thanks!

beyond the most optimistic expectations ::

September 26, 2017 Rsdestruction

Thanks to Bill's help I've had the chance to have a copy of this great album. Great work of the band and all the team, as usual!

True Colors Download ::

September 26, 2017 Lani.Monds

AWESOME!! Love all the extras (the digital book alone is amazing!!) and the great price...and the sound quality rocks - thanks, Bill!!!