Living Colour’s landmark 1988 album “Vivid” will be reissued in expanded form Sept. 3 via Epic/Sony Legacy, according to a label spokesperson. In addition to the Mick Jagger/Ed Stasium-produced set’s original 11 tracks, the revised edition will host five rarities, including three that have never before been issued on CD.
Among the unearthed material is a cover of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?,” also produced by Stasium and recorded in 1990 in Los Angeles. That track, and the a live version of the “Vivid” extract “Middle Man,” recorded the same year at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro, are excerpted from the band’s Japanese only release “Biscuits.”
Rounding out the rarities are two remixes: “Funny Vibe (Funky Vibe Mix)” – originally issued as a 12″ single and re-worked by Prince Paul and Bobby Simons with additional microphone work by Daddy-o and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flavor Flav; plus “What’s Your Favorite Color (LeBlanc Remix), which was remixed by Keith LeBlanc for a promotional 12” single. A 1988 concert performance of the band’s breakthrough hit “Cult of Personality,” closes out the reissue.
Largely credited for breaking down rock’s racial barriers and paving the way for bands such as Rage Against The Machine, “Vivid” featured the explosive MTV fixture “Cult of Personality” and yielded two further singles, the pensive “Open Letter (To a Landlord)” and the infectious, Carribean-influenced “Glamour Boys.” The set peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies.
Living Colour splintered in 1995 but has reunited for sporadic live performances in recent years.