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Living ColourAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026IC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,622 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 Landlord)
6. Funny Vibe
7. Memories Can't Wait
8. Broken Hearts
9. Glamour Boys
10. What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)
11. Which Way To America?

Editorial Reviews

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 even jazz, which keeps things interesting. Living Colour were also one of the few bands to succeed in writing socio-politically conscious songs that never sound preachy; they take on politicians ("Cult of Personality"), slumlords ("Open Letter (To a Landlord)"), modern life ("Desperate People" and "Glamour Boys"), and the gap between rich and poor in America ("Which Way to America?"). Outstanding music, skilled lyric-writing, and Corey Glover's strong singing make these songs entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time, something most bands never manage to do. -- Genevieve Williams

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Living Colour ~ Vivid

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By S B
Format:Audio CD
The liner notes on this remaster make references to later-era "rap/metal hybrids" like Rage Against the Machine and Linkin Park. Stylistically, this debut record from one of the most successful all-Black rock bands owes more to the funk and punk and Bad Brains and Red Hot Chili Peppers than to Run DMC or Public Enemy. Here's a song-by-song review:
1. Cult of Personality. Unless you were living under a rock in 1989, you know this signature tune and hard rock classic - the powerful vocals of Corey Glover, the metal/jazz guitar explosion, the Zepplenesque drumming.
2. I Want to Know. If there is a single weak track on this record, it is this very simple pop-rock tune.
3. Middle Man. Although often forgotten, this funky rocker was actually the first single and breakthrough to rock radio.
4. Desparate People. A dose of punk, an lyrical omage to Led Zeppelin, and a whole lotta hard rock make this one a live staple.
5. Open Letter (to a Landlord). This was one of their breakthrough hits, a social commentary backed up by simple balladry versus punk sensibilities.
6. Funny Vibe. On comes the tongue-in-cheek funk with "social commentary" by Chuck D and Flava Flav.
7. Memories Can't Wait. The fact that they would cover Talking Heads on their debut is not so suprising given their CBGBs background, but the blistering guitar work is shockingly good.
8. Broken Hearts. With a little help from their friends (Mick Jaggar on harmonica), the band combines the blues with some hip-hop beats.
9. Glamour Boys. As perhaps the most infectious hit from the summer of 1989, on this one, they combine elements of reggae, funk, and metal and a little help from Mick Jaggar (who contributed background vocals and production).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from start to finish September 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While I respect the view of the listener below, I must disagree with him/her on several points. First off, this is an amazing album from first song to last, with literally no filler. There are plenty of songs on here that rival anything that has come before or since -- they will stand the test of time as testaments to the potential of what passionate, talented rockers can produce.
The reader below asks "In how many ways do we need to hear how unfair society can be?" What an awfully naive question. Apparently, the answer for Living Colour is "not enough"! Sure, their agenda is clearly social justice and racial equality, but what do you expect coming from an African-American band playing "white" hard rock? In my opinion, Living Colour's message is one that needs to be repeated over and over.
As far as Vernon Reid "going overboard," I don't blame him for wanting to show off his considerable chops on this debut. But don't fail to point out how different he is from mere mindless Van Halen clones. Reid's style is all his own, a strange, broiling brew of influences including funk, jazz, rock, country, and more. He is a sharper, smarter player than just about any of those shredders from the 80's.
I'm not sure why their funky songs sound "contrived" to the reader below, but to me they sound awesome. What is contrived about them? They funk like crazy, and prove that Living Colour are probably the best rock funkers ever (aside from the Red Hot Chili Peppers). If you want contrived, listen to the garbage that's on the radio these days. THAT'S contrived.
All in all, a landmark album from a much-missed group.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from the summer of 1988 February 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colour Your World December 27, 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band, Great Album
My dad had this album when I was a kid and I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now. They were definitely ahead of their time for the R&B and Shreddy metal mix. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian A. Munsterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I think i'm addicted to Living Colour. But this is a really good cd. Good Christmas gift. Now if i could just listen to the others.
Published 4 months ago by Shania
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Vinyl Reprint
Comes with a nice clear red vinyl record. Bought it for autograph purposes and it came out fantastic! Highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by captainamerica
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE GREAT ALBUM!!!!!
LIVING COLOUR is a great HEAVY ROCK band...Their debut VIVID is filled with amazing songs like CULT OF PERSONALITY, MIDDLE MAN, GLAMOUR BOYS and OPEN LETTER.... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Living Colour
A Classic slamming rock album with driving beats, screaming guitars, wailing vocals and even the funny (funky vibe) !!!!!!
you've got to have this in your collection
Published 12 months ago by Jascherm
5.0 out of 5 stars I ordered this for my son.
My son likes all kinds of music. This is one he wanted. We ordered it and he lives it very much.
Published 13 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars i love 80s music.
thanks to wwe superstar CM punk I cam across this awesome 80s band and love the whole album. plus the low price made it a no brainer.
Published 13 months ago by clinttheman
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic style rock
Plain and simple. Rock done right that forgoes the traditional white stereotype of hard rockers. A definite must have for any 80's collection
Published 13 months ago by Spike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Originally I bought this album on cassette. I forgot how good it know the hits but the filler songs are just as good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joe Cortelli
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