Vivid (Living Colour album)

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Vivid
Studio album by Living Colour
Released May 2, 1988 (1988-05-02)[1]
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: July 14, 1988 (July 14, 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[2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[3]

Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour, released on May 2, 1988 through Epic Records. 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[4][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 [5]
U.S. Billboard 200 6 [6]
Norwegian Charts 7 [7]

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. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Vivid - Living Colour". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
  3. ^ Davey Boy (2009-01-24). "Review: Living Colour - Vivid". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
  4. ^ Images for production information
  5. ^ charts.org.nz "Living Colour - Vivid". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  6. ^ Billboard.com Billboard.com "Living Colour - Vivid [albums]". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  7. ^ charts.org.nor "Living Colour - Vivid". NorwegianCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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