Rose Colored Glasses (album)

Rose Colored Glasses
Studio album by John Conlee
Released October 11, 1978
Genre Country
Length 26:03
Label ABC
Producer Bud Logan
John Conlee chronology
Rose Colored Glasses

Rose Colored Glasses is the debut album by country music artist John Conlee. It was released on ABC Records, and was his only disc for the label; he would move to MCA Records the next year.[1]

The album was a commercial success, peaking just outside the country top 10 (at number 11), and would be his highest charting album until 1983.[2]

It featured 3 singles; the Conlee-written title track reached number 5 in America.[3] The next single, "Lady Lay Down" became a number one in the States,[4] while going to number 2 in Canada. The last single to be released from the record, the Conlee-written "Backside of Thirty" (in 1979) was also an American number 1,[4] while reaching number 5 in Canada. Among these singles, "Backside of Thirty" had originally been released in 1977, but it did not chart at the time.[1]

Kurt Wolff and Orla Duane, in their book Country Music: The Rough Guide, described the album's cuts as "among Conlee's finest, including the title track and especially 'Backside of Thirty'."[5]

Track listing

  1. "Rose Colored Glasses" (Conlee, George Baber) – 3:18
  2. "Something Special" (Dave Loggins) – 2:36
  3. "I'll Be Easy" (Conlee) – 1:55
  4. "Let Your Love Fall Back on Me" (Jonathan Lee) – 2:12
  5. "Backside of Thirty" (Conlee) – 2:33
  6. "Lady Lay Down" (Don Cook, Rafe VanHoy) – 3:05
  7. "She Loves My Troubles Away" (Rayburn Anthony, Max D. Barnes) – 2:28
  8. "Just Let It Slide" (A.L. "Doodle" Owens) – 2:47
  9. "Some Old California Memory" (Owens, Warren Robb) – 2:24
  10. "Hold On" (Conlee, Dick Kent) – 2:45



  1. 1 2 Stambler, Irwin; Landon, Grelun. Country Music: The Encyclopedia. Macmillan. pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-312-26487-9.
  2. "John Conlee: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  3. Huey, Steve. "John Conlee biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  4. 1 2 Whitburn, Joel (August 2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 102. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  5. Wolff, Kurt; Duane, Orla. Country Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 431. ISBN 1-85828-534-8.
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