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Time's Up

Living ColourAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • ASIN: B00000274U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favourite albums February 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Since hearing Vernon Reid's blistering solo on Cult of Personality, I was a Living Colour fan. I actually found the rest of Vivid a little too poppy, and Times Up took several months to grow on me.

It is a far more mature and thoughful work than Vivid, and is one of those albums that always seems to reveal new textures and layers on every listen - that's what keeps me coming back for more. It's a testament to solid production and brilliant musicianship.

As much as I am blown away by Reid's playing outside the boundaries, the rest of the band hold it down equally well. Listen to the interplay between Muzz Skillings' chatty bass and William Calhoun's frenetic drumming on songs like "This Is The Life" - which bears some resemblance to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", with its lazy Bonham-like drums and eastern scales. Calhoun, like Reid, is jazz trained and it's evident in the way he can improvise within a groove.

A standout track for me is "Under Cover of Darkness", a funk laden work which lyrically deals with issues of sex and intimacy, and features a ring modulated guitar solo and beautiful bass riffs.

I really feel that black bands, especially stereotype-smashing ones such as Living Colour and Fishbone, did not (do not?) get the recognition and airplay they deserve - and there have been plenty of imitators since.

Consider this album part of an alternative history lesson in rock music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The 10 Greatest CD's Of All Time July 4, 2003
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This disc shows just how fabulous rock 'n' roll can be. Cory Glover's vocals are stunningly expressive. Vernon Reid's guitar is genious. The lyrics to songs shed true light on the human condition and in some cases insspire: "THIS IS THE LIFE YOU HAVE!!!" Oh ... and it will rock your socks off. If you can't groove to this disc, you ain't got no groove.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Living Colour Album April 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Vivid" was a great album, but "Time's Up" upped the ante and is one of my favorite albums of all time. It's a brilliant collection of songs with a wide range of influences spanning heavy metal, calypso, blues, jazz and hip hop. The rhythm section is tight, Vernon Reid's guitar blazes and the songwriting is creative with many dissonant and fulfilling chord choices.
My favorite tracks are the dark and dissonant "Love Rears its Ugly Head," "Elvis is Dead" (Elvis has left the building!), the hard driving "Type" and "Under the Cover of Darkness" (with Queen Latifah). The best track of all however is the closer "This is the Life," an epic piece with an inspiring message - "this is the life you have!"
Time's Up is a timeless classic.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL BLACK RAGE! June 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This 1990 release actually altered the way I listen to music, ALL music. I was a lad of 21 the first time I heard it and my senses still haven't recovered. The differences between this LP and thier debut "Vivid" are so shocking they may scare away listeners upon first listen. The first thing you notice is the sound of the music; everything here sounds recorded live in the studio and consist mostly of first takes. "Times Up" is a terrifying vision of the impending apocalypse and the bands' blistering delivery drives home the immediacy of the message. Every member of Living Colour is in tip-top form on this opening salvo; drummer William Calhoun is the first one you hear and he introduces this hardcore/punk track with 2 hard snare beats and slams right into the fray with guitarist Vernon Reid and bassist Muzz Skillings thrashing along at such a frantic pace it leaves you breathless. And when lead vocalist Corey Glover enters, wailing 'times up, the rivers have no life, times up, the world is full of strife, times up, the sky is falling, times up, the Lord is calling!', the urgency in his voice is enough to give you chills, for my money, this is the best opening song of any rock album ever. If you're still standing after this track, you'll be blessed with the oppurtunity to catch your breath as "History Lesson" schools you in the significance of music in the Negro/Slave experience (it features sound bites from historical films narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and the basso profundo of James Earl Jones). Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance June 15, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Arguably their best album, although it does sound a little dated in 2004. Nonetheless, these are incredible musicians, all are at the top of their game here. Corey's singing is amazing, Vernon's a genius who sounds like he's from another planet on much of the album, Will has impeccable timing, and Muzz Skillings (who never really got his props like his replacement, Doug Wimbish did) plays the bass like he has extra fingers. Amazing and sorely underappreciated in its time. It's really too bad after all this time, things they sing about are still going on, including having a Bush in office. Sigh.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Strong After 16 Years February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was pleased to discover recently Living Colour having reformed and posted a fantastic live gig on [...] so I thought I would revisit this album from my teen years and see how it fares today against modern rock acts.

Simply, when did we as fans of music allow the popular acts of today to feed us such drivel? In the early nineties we had such diverse and upcoming acts as Living Colour, Warrior Soul and King's X attempting to change the face of rock and drag us from the stone age imagery of heavy metal. Now we have Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park. Marylin Manson. Unbelievable.

This album is an object lesson in how to play instruments. And sing. With passion and conviction about subjects. Not overly political like Rage Against the Machine, not about 'bling' or heavy metal monsters but more suggestive, catchy in places and psychedelic in others. Actually, reading some of these reviews I actually prefer tracks like 'This Is The Life' and 'Fight The Fight'. Time's Up, the opener, has not only a frightening guitar solo (thanks to the other reviewer) but an unbelievable time change.

Call me sentimental, but thank the powers they've decided to give it another go. A band with depth in a time of total shallowness - this album should be bought by anyone who has an interest in rock music and pretty much anyone who likes to hear a bit of soul and honesty in delivery.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record!
Great record! Stoked to finally have this on vinyl! Saw the band on the Vivid Anniversary tour and cant wait to see the Anniversary tour for this release. Read more
Published 10 months ago by cutrate
While i really like VIVID and STAIN, TIME's UP is my favourite album from the great LIVING COLOUR..... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fluminense
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd go for 2.5, but 2 seems too little.
I like 50% of this album's content. If you're like me, you're a metal fan, and a fan of rockin' in general, and what does this album do? Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Scoggin
5.0 out of 5 stars living colour fan
This one is hard to find and never got remaster. it had so many hits and won tons of awards that year for it.
Published 18 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
This was my second album as a teenager. And after recently listening it over I came to this conclusion: After 20 years it still kicks ass. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by M. Flikweert
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Access But Once Your in "Times Up" is Limitless!
5 Stars = Masterpiece

"Times Up," is one of those rare albums that at first just did not grab me a lot, especially when it was love at first sound with "Vivid". Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by JAMES MCCORMICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the 90's?
I won't say this is without a doubt the best album of the 1990's, but for my money, it's GOT to be a nominee. Read more
Published on October 8, 2008 by zlh67
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic
This is Living Colour's most eclectic cd's. It explores it's african american influnses on some songs and on others they totally rock out.
Published on December 25, 2007 by Michael Taber
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The best African American rock band of all time. No further comment needed. Every rock fan must have all albums from Living Colour.
Published on May 17, 2007 by Marko Mandelc
5.0 out of 5 stars truly exceptional band and CD
I consider this CD to be Living Colour's masterpiece and one of my all time favorites, one of my "desert island top 10 must haves. Read more
Published on May 4, 2007 by R. B. Jennings
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