Vivid [Bonus Tracks]

Vivid [Bonus Tracks]

by Living Colour
     
 

In 1988, few heavy metal bands were comprised of all black members, and fewer had the talent or know-how to inject different musical forms into their hard rock sound (funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul, rap) -- but N.Y.C.'s Living Colour proved to be an exception. Unlike nearly all of the era's metal bands, the group's music has held up over time, thanks to its… See more details below

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In 1988, few heavy metal bands were comprised of all black members, and fewer had the talent or know-how to inject different musical forms into their hard rock sound (funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul, rap) -- but N.Y.C.'s Living Colour proved to be an exception. Unlike nearly all of the era's metal bands, the group's music has held up over time, thanks to its originality and execution. Living Colour leader/guitarist Vernon Reid spent years honing his six-string chops, and was one of the most respected guitarists in New York's underground scene. He couldn't have done a better job selecting members for his new rock band -- singer Corey Glover, bassist Muzz Skillings, and drummer Will Calhoun -- as their now-classic debut, Vivid, proves. Though the album was released in mid-1988, it picked up steam slowly, exploding at the year's end with the hit single/MTV anthem "Cult of Personality," which merged an instantly recognizable Reid guitar riff and lyrics that explored the dark side of world leaders past and present (and remains LC's best-known song). The album was also incredibly consistent, as proven by the rocker "Middle Man" (which contains lyrics from a note penned by Glover, in which he pondered suicide); the funky, anti-racist "Funny Vibe"; the touching "Open Letter (To a Landlord)"; plus, the Caribbean rock of "Glamour Boys." Add to it an inspired reading of Talking Heads' "Memories Can't Wait," the Zeppelin-esque "Desperate People," and two complex love songs ("I Want to Know" and "Broken Hearts"), and you have one of the finest hard rock albums of the '80s -- and for that matter, all time. [The 2002 reissue appends five bonus tracks: "Funny Vibe (Funky Vibe Mix)," a cover of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?," a live version of "Middle Man," a remix of "What's Your Favorite Color?," and a live version of "Cult of Personality."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998598522
catalogNumber:
85985

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Living Colour   Primary Artist
Mick Jagger   Harmonica,Background Vocals
William Calhoun   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Daddy O   Rap
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Muriel Fowler   Background Vocals
Corey Glover   Vocals
Vernon Reid   Guitar,Vocals
Muzz Skillings   Bass,Vocals
Tony Aliprantis   Voices

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Producer
Ron Saint Germain   Engineer
Paul Hamingson   Engineer
Topper Headon   Composer
Vernon Reid   Composer,Reissue Producer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Francine Stasium   Album Administrator
Steve Byram   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jeff Magid   Reissue Producer
Vlado Mellior   Mastering
Greg Tate   Liner Notes
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
T. Morris   Composer

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