Vivid (Living Colour album)

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Vivid
Living Colour-Vivid.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 3, 1988 (1988-05-03)[1]
Recorded1987–88
Studio
Genre
Length49:13
LabelEpic
ProducerEd Stasium, Mick Jagger
Living Colour chronology
Vivid
(1988)
Time's Up
(1990)
Singles from Vivid
  1. "Cult of Personality"
    Released: July 14, 1988
  2. "Middle Man"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Glamour Boys"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Open Letter (To a Landlord)"
    Released: 1988
  5. "Funny Vibe"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times4/4 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Kerrang!4.5/5[6]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[10]
The Village VoiceB[11]

Vivid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Living Colour, released on May 3, 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. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Cult of Personality"Vernon Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun4:54
2."I Want to Know"Reid4:24
3."Middle Man"Glover, Reid3:47
4."Desperate People"Calhoun, Reid, Glover, Skillings5:36
5."Open Letter (To a Landlord)"Reid, Tracie Morris5:32
6."Funny Vibe"Reid4:20
7."Memories Can't Wait" (Talking Heads cover)David Byrne, Jerry Harrison4:30
8."Broken Hearts"Reid4:50
9."Glamour Boys"Reid3:39
10."What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)"Reid, Glover3:56
11."Which Way to America"Reid3:41
Total length:49:13

(Note: Track 11 runs 3:56 on original CD issues, and 1:41 on original vinyl and remastered CD issues.)

Personnel[edit]

Living Colour
Additional personnel
Production
  • Ed Stasium – producer and engineer on tracks 1-8 and 10, mixing on track 9 and 11
  • Mick Jagger – producer on tracks 9 and 11
  • Ron St. Germain – engineer on tracks 9 and 11
  • Paul Hamingson – engineer on tracks 1-8 and 10, mixing
  • Danny Mormando, Debi Cornish, Stephen Immerwahr, Mike McMackin, Tom Durack, U.E. Natasi – assistant engineers
  • Greg Calbi – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 15
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 92

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. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  3. ^ McLeese, Don (April 18, 1988). "Chapman, O'Connor bring fresh air to popular music". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 198–199. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Watts, Chris (May 7, 1988). "Living Colour: Vivid". Kerrang!. No. 186.
  7. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 28, 1988). "Living Colour: Vivid (Epic)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  8. ^ Fricke, David (June 16, 1988). "Living Colour: Vivid". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Living Colour". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 491. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 24, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Living Colour – Vivid". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Living Colour Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Living Colour – Vivid". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Living Colour – Vivid" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 23, 2017.

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