1985 Morris Day – Color Of Success

Color of Success is the 1985 debut album by the funk/R&B singer, Morris Day. Released a year after departing previous band, The Time, the album is similar in style to The Time’s material, even going so far as to copy The Time’s formula of six songs per album. The album’s highlight is “The Oak Tree”, a funky-pop number about a dance, akin to “The Bird” by The Time. The album was produced, arranged and composed by Day, who also played drums and keyboards throughout the album. Also on keyboards was Rickey “Freeze” Smith, who would later join Day in the revamped version of The Time in the mid-1990s.


1Color Of Success (Morris Day)5:20
2The Character (Morris Day)4:07
3The Oak Tree (Morris Day)7:22
4Love Sign (Morris Day)6:22
5Don’t Wait For Me (Morris Day)7:13
6Love Addiction (Morris Day)5:10



DrumsMorris Day
Drums (programming)Stephen Mitchell
GuitarHorace Coleman
GuitarRoland Bautista
GuitarTony Berg
GuitarHowie Rice
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerHowie Rice
SynthesizerRickey Smith
SynthesizerStephen Mitchell
ProgrammingStephen Mitchell
PercussionMorris Day
Background VocalsAugie Johnson
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsClydene Jackson
Background VocalsKit Hain
Background VocalsMary Bridges
Background VocalsMaxayn Lewis
Background VocalsSharon Robinson

Other Musicians

Voice (Voice Overs And Party Guests) – Barry Josephson (Track 3), Candy Clark (Track 3), Carol Perry (Track 4), Raechel Donahue (Track 1), Rama V, The Construction Kids (Track 3)

Liner Notes

Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Morris Day
Coordinator (Photography Coordination) – Sharon Rosenbush
Engineer – Richard Kaplan
Engineer (Assistant Engineers) – Chuck Johnson, Jeff Poe
Mixed By – Michael Brauer, Morris Day
Mixed By (Assistant Engineer) – Alex Haas

Art Direction – Jeri McManus
Photography By – Peter Kaplan

Published By – Ya D Sir Music
Published By – CBS Feist Catalog Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Recorded At – Indigo Ranch Studios
Mixed At – Mediasound
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation