Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988
Living Colour chronology. Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour, released on May 3, 1988 through Epic Records. It was one of the most popular albums of 1988, reaching No. 6 on the . Billboard 200 chart and certified double platinum by the RIAA. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Vivid as 71st on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
Living Colour were, and remain, phenomenal musicians who landed in the funk rock arena by default, simply because their talents were too big for every other idiom. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, a jazz player, funk giant and shredder, and fronted by Corey Glover, Living Colour made an immediate splash with their debut album Vivid. Part of this was due to their fluorescent trousers, but the rest was down to massive songs such as Cult Of Personality and the pop anthem Glamour Boys. Listen on Apple Music
Album · 1987 · 16 Songs. Living Colour's debut, Vivid, proved that it could. Conceived by Vernon Reid-a Santana-influenced guitarist with experience in New York's avant-jazz scene-the band ripped and ran with a palette that took in screaming metal, lyrical flights, various stripes of funk, and even pseudo-Beach Boys pop (see I Want to Know ). It was a dead-serious mission; "Cult of Personality, the band's trademark song, opened with a sample of Malcolm X's voice.
Following such a tremendous hard-rocking opener, the last thing one would expect to hear from the remainder of the album is diversity. Yet, that is exactly what is served up and makes 'Vivid' such an impressive debut. Providing a fusion of rock ('Middle Man'), funk ('Theme Song'), pop ('I Want To Know'), metal ('Desperate People'), jazz ('Broken Hearts'), punk ('Which Way To America"'), reggae ('Glamour Boys')
Vivid (Living Colour album), Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour, released on May 3, 1988 through Epic Records It was one of the most popu. Considine, J D 2004 "Living Colour" In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster p 491 ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds 1995 Spin Alternative Record Guide Vintage Books ISBN 0-679-75574-8. Christgau, Robert May 24, 1988 "Christgau's Consumer Guide" The Village Voice Retrieved February 14, 2018.
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.
|A1||Cult Of Personality||4:53|
|A2||I Want To Know||4:23|
|A5||Open Letter (To A Landlord)||5:30|
|B2||Memories Can't Wait||4:30|
|B5||What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)||1:38|
|B6||Which Way To America?||3:40|
- Producer – Ed Stasium, Mick Jagger (tracks: B4, B6)
NotesCover variant: barcode ends in "-1"
Comes with lyrics inner sleeve.
Cat N° on hype sticker: 44099-S1
Cat N° on spine: BFE 44099
Cat N° on label: E 44099
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 7464-44099-1
- Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, etched): AL44099 1A DMM G2 STERLING DMM q2 SO LET IT BE WRITTEN... A7
- Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, etched): BL - 44099-1ADMM G4 SO LET IT BE DONE. STERLING DMM q2 F3
|EK 85985||Living Colour||Vivid (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Epic||EK 85985||US||Unknown|
|EPC 460758 4||Living Colour||Vivid (Cass, Album)||Epic||EPC 460758 4||Netherlands||1989|
|EPC 509453 2, 509453 2, 5094532000||Living Colour||Vivid (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Epic, Legacy, Epic||EPC 509453 2, 509453 2, 5094532000||Europe||2002|
|FET 44099||Living Colour||Vivid (Cass, Album, Dol)||Epic||FET 44099||US||1988|
|EPC 460758 1, 460758 1||Living Colour||Vivid (LP, Album)||Suzy, Epic||EPC 460758 1, 460758 1||Yugoslavia||1989|