Time's Up (Living Colour album)

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Time's Up
Living Colour Time's Up.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 28, 1990
StudioA&M Studios, Hollywood, California; RPM Studios, Los Angeles, California
ProducerEd Stasium
Living Colour chronology
Time's Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceA−[10]

Time's Up is the second studio album by the band Living Colour, released on August 28, 1990 through Epic Records. It was the follow-up to their successful 1988 album Vivid. Time's Up features a wide range of genres and also includes cameo appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, Maceo Parker and James Earl Jones. After the album was released, it reached gold status, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and later won a Grammy for best hard rock album of the year. It is the final album to feature Muzz Skillings on bass, though it was not his last release with the band (as he appeared on the Biscuits EP). In late February 2014, the album was reissued in Europe by Music On CD and is available once again.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Vernon Reid, except where noted.

1."Time's Up"Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun3:05
2."History Lesson" 0:52
4."Love Rears Its Ugly Head" 4:19
5."New Jack Theme" 3:30
6."Someone Like You"Skillings3:47
7."Elvis Is Dead (ft. Little Richard)" 3:50
8."Type" 6:26
9."Information Overload" 6:11
10."Under Cover of Darkness (ft. Queen Latifah)"Glover4:17
12."Fight the Fight"Calhoun, Glover, Reid, Skillings4:32
13."Tag Team Partners (ft. Doug E. Fresh)"Glover0:48
14."Solace of You"Glover, Reid3:38
15."This Is the Life" 6:23

Banded version[edit]

A special US advance promo version omitting "History Lesson", "Ology1" and "Tag Team Partners". Catalog number ESK 2171

1."Time's Up" 
3."Love Rears Its Ugly Head" 
4."New Jack Theme" 
5."Someone Like You" 
6."Elvis Is Dead" 
8."Information Overload" 
9."Under Cover of Darkness" 
10."Fight the Fight" 
11."Solace of You" 
12."This Is the Life" 


Living Colour

Guest musicians

Technical Personnel

  • John Aguto - assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi - mastering
  • Alan Friedman - programming
  • Lolly Grodner - assistant engineer
  • Paul Hamingson - engineer, assistant engineer
  • Jeff Lippay - assistant engineer
  • Ed Stasium - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Lex Van Pieterson - photography


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 15
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 56
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 20
US Billboard 200[18] 13


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1991 Time's Up Best Hard Rock Performance


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