Vivid

Here Legacy has completely revived one of the most exciting hard-rock records of the late '80s; while it's already thrilling just to hear these songs again, the digital remastering here has this liste

Here Legacy has completely revived one of the most exciting hard-rock records of the late '80s; while it's already thrilling just to hear these songs again, the digital remastering here has this listener feeling as though a blanket's been removed from around his speakers. Witness Will Calhoun's fatter drums as "Cult of Personality" breaks in, Vernon Reid's brighter riffing and Muzz Skillings' beefier bass in "Glamour Boys," the fuller, now-consuming backing vocals and synths in the intro to "Open Letter (To a Landlord)." Fourteen years since its release, Vivid also returns nicely repackaged with substantial liner notes and a slew of new studio and live photos. The disc's five bonus cuts include roaring live versions of "Cult" and "Middle Man" and an odd—albeit rockin' and soulful—take on the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go." A near-perfect reissue.—WO