Vivid (Living Colour album)

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Vivid
Studio album by Living Colour
Released May 3, 1988 (1988-05-03)
Recorded 1987–88 at Skyline, Sound On Sound and Right Track Studios in New York
Genre Heavy metal, funk metal, hard rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 49:13
Label Epic
Producer Ed Stasium, Mick Jagger
Living Colour chronology
Vivid
(1988)
Time's Up
(1990)
Singles from Vivid
  1. "Cult of Personality"
    Released: 1988 (1988)
  2. "Middle Man"
    Released: 1988 (1988)
  3. "Glamour Boys"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  4. "Open Letter (To a Landlord)"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  5. "Funny Vibe"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour. It was one of the most popular albums of 1988, reaching No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Vernon Reid, except where noted. 

Original
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cult of Personality"   Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun 4:54
2. "I Want to Know"     4:24
3. "Middle Man"   Glover, Reid 3:47
4. "Desperate People"   Calhoun, Reid, Glover, Skillings 5:36
5. "Open Letter (To a Landlord)"   Reid, Tracie Morris 5:32
6. "Funny Vibe"     4:20
7. "Memories Can't Wait"   David Byrne, Jerry Harrison (Originally from the 1979 Talking Heads album Fear of Music) 4:30
8. "Broken Hearts"     4:50
9. "Glamour Boys"     3:39
10. "What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)"   Reid, Glover 3:56
11. "Which Way to America?"     3:41
Total length:
49:13

Personnel[edit]

Living Colour[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mick Jagger – harmonica (8), backing vocals
  • Chuck Drapping (6)
  • Flavor Flav – social commentary (6)
  • The Fowler Family – additional backing vocals (2 and 5)
  • Dennis Diamond – carnival barker (8)

Production[3][edit]

  • Tracks 1-8 & 10 Produced by Ed Stasium. Recorded by Ed Stasium & Paul Hamingson. Mixed by Paul Hamingson.
  • Tracks 9 & 11 Produced by Mick Jagger. Recorded by Ron St. Germain. Mixed by Ed Stasium & Paul Hamingson.
  • Assistant Recording & Mix Engineers: Danny Mormando, Debi Cornish, Stephen Immerwahr, Mike McMackin, Tom Durack, U.E. Natasi
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • All Songs Published by Dare To Dream Music, except "Memories Can't Wait" (WB Music Corp./Bleu Disque Music Inc./Index Music).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
New Zealand Chart 2 [4]
U.S. Billboard 200 6 [5]
Norwegian Charts 7 [6]

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Cult of Personality" Billboard Hot 100 13
Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
"Middle Man" Denmark Singles Chart 55
1989 "Glamour Boys" Billboard Hot 100 31
Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
"Open Letter (To a Landlord)" Billboard Hot 100 82
Mainstream Rock Tracks 11

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1990 "Cult of Personality" Best Hard Rock Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Vivid - Living Colour". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
  2. ^ Davey Boy (2009-01-24). "Review: Living Colour - Vivid". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
  3. ^ Images for production information
  4. ^ charts.org.nz "Living Colour - Vivid". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ Billboard.com Billboard.com "Living Colour - Vivid [albums]". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  6. ^ charts.org.nor "Living Colour - Vivid". NorwegianCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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