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Vivid (Rm) (Expanded) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 18 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006IK2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cult Of Personality
2. I Want To Know
3. Middle Man
4. Desperate People
5. Open Letter (To A Landord)
6. Funny Vibe
7. Memories Can't Wait
8. Broken Hearts
9. Glamour Boys
10. What's Your Favorite Color?
11. Which Way To America
12. Funny Vibe (Funky Vibe Mix( (Bonus Track)
13. Should I Stay Or Should I Go (bonus Track)
14. What's Your Favorite Color (LeBlanc Remix) (Bonus Track)
15. Middle Man (Live) (Bonus Track)
16. Cult of Personality (Live( (Bonus Track)

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Product Description

Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1988 debut from the New York rockers. Music On Vinyl.

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Living Colour's exceptional debut is strong all the way through--there simply isn't any weak material on this album. Generally classified as hard rock, Vivid also contains touches of funk and jazz to keep things interesting. Living Colour were also one of the few bands of their time to write politically conscious songs that never sound preachy. They take on politicians ("Cult of Personality"), slumlords ("Open Letter"), modern life ("Desperate People," "Glamour Boys"), and the gap between rich and poor in America ("Which Way to America?"). Outstanding music and lyrics, and Corey Glover's strong singing, make these songs simultaneously entertaining and thought provoking. The 2002 reissue is fleshed out with five bonus tracks, including a live version of "Cult of Personality" and a cover of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go." --Genevieve Williams

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. D. Daniels on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I heard of Living Colour it was the fall of 1987 when i read an article of the Black Rock Coalition and was looking foward to the release of their first album, in May of 1988 I bought Vivid expect your typical heavy metal album but with a black twist. Nothing ever prepared me for the sonic assault on my musical senses. From corey glover's soulful singing to a rythum section that actually sounded like a one in heavy rock music from Muzz Skillings and Will Calhoun and the Jazzy yet heavy as heck soloing from the best guitar player of the past 20 years Vernon Reid.I told all my friends from metalheads to soulsters to get this album, from the Zep-like riffs to the ornette coleman like soloing from Reid on "Cult of Personality" to the Bad Brains/AC/DC like thrash of "Desprate People" to the country blues hip-hop of "Broken Hearts" and the socca-rock riffage of "Glamour Boys " the lyrics make you think without being preachy and this is the band I thought (and still think)this band as the true heirs to the Led Zeppelin heavy metal mantle diverse music like they played and musicianship that is top-notch. get this album now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ca on Feb. 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the first disc's I ever bought was Living Colour's Vivid. It still remains one of my favorite. A friend had gotten tickets to see them right around the time this disc was released, and at that point the only song I knew of the album was Cult Of Personality.
So, I figured since I was going to be seeing them live I better hear what they sound like. I bought the disc for my new cd-player that I just got for X-mas and I was blown away.
It, rocked, was funky got slow and had this electricity about it. I saw them live a couple of weeks later and I can honestly say they rocked the joint and they knew it. Still one of the best live shows I've ever seen.
I put it in just the other day and was rocking out to Middle Man like it was 1989 all over again. So many great groves on this disc with the cover of Talking Head's these Memories Can't Wait being at the top of my list.
All the Living Colour disc's rock but the original Vivid still has that place in my heart because it is what brought me to the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lemos on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was 18, in the army when I first heard CULT OF PERSONALITY on the radio. I was blown away. I had never heard music like that before and the first chance I got, I went out and got a copy of VIVID. Now this is the third time I have bought this album and I still believe I get my money worths. These guys really know how to play and I think its a shame that they cant get played on the radio today. The songs on this album are so much better than everything in todays music scene. You want great tunes, than this is a great album to start. Beside PERSONALITY, we have the killer songs: MIDDLE MAN, I WANT TO KNOW, GLAMOUR BOYS, OPEN LETTER(TO A LANDLORD), WHICH WAY TO AMERICA, and DESPERATE PEOPLE. This album benefits from being remasted and the sound quality is so great. I can still put this album on and never get tired of listening to it. That my friends is a sign of how good an album is. Even the bonus songs are worth listening to, I enjoy the cover of SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO. If you are looking for good music, than pick up this album. I dont think you will be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fuzz on July 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Living Colour released their first album in the late 80's, I remember them being touted as a black heavy metal group. Their first album was released when the whole hair metal thing was in full stride. However, Living Colour was much more than that. Although, this wasn't their best album, it was a phenomenal debut. With radio songs like Cult of Personality, Middle Man, and Glamour Boys and much better songs like Funny Vibe, Desperate People, Open Letter to a Landlord, Memories Can't Wait, Which Way to America, this album presented a good combination of pop, jazzy, funky tunes that you could listen to over and over again. They had a very, very unique sound. Just listen to the funky bassline on Funny Vibe to know what I mean. Instead of only singing about love, sex, and the latest girlfriend, they dove into topics like racism, politics, social justice. I wish more artists would do that today. In fact on their 2nd album, in my opinion, their best, they leave the pop world behind and explore something much more interesting, and in the end, much better. The extras are found on some of their older releases, but they are all worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum on Sept. 15 2002
Format: Audio CD
Living Colour exploded onto the music in 1989 with Vivid their powerful debut record. The band explored subjects such as racism, living conditions in the inner cities and the style but no substance lifestyle. Vernon Reid is one of the best guitarists around and he plays in manic, buzzsaw style. Muzz Skillings and Will Calhoun provide a solid rhythm section with Mr. Skillings playing an extremely heavy bass. Corey Glover plays the rock frontman to a tee. "Cult Of Personality" is a monumental rock song with Mr. Reid's guitar work standing out. The song is intercut with snippets of dialogue from political leaders like JFK & FDR. "Middle Man", "Desperate People" & "Broken Hearts' are all great songs while "Memories Can Wait" is an interesting cover of an old Talking Heads song. "Open Letter (To A Landlord)" may be the best song on the album with Mr. Glover really letting loose on it. Mick Jagger shows up as producer on two tracks, "Glamour Boys" & "Which Way To America" and the songs have a funkier vibe. The album was a top ten hit and the band toured with the Stones on their Steel Wheels tour. The band made a couple more solid records after Vivid, but none of them could match its excellent. Unfortunately, the band has faded into obscurity and finally disbanded.
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