Living Colour

Biscuits

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Released in conjunction with the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in 1991 (which Living Colour was part of, along with Jane's Addiction, Rollins Band, Ice-T, etc.), the six-track EP Biscuits was somewhat of a letdown. Coming off such a strong album as Time's Up, it was almost anticlimactic that a set of four so-so studio outtakes and a pair of live tracks was issued so shortly after the band's last release. While there's no denying that the ferocious reading of "Desperate People" from CBGB's in December of 1989 is awesome, covers of James Brown's "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" and Jimi Hendrix's "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" do not improve on the originals (as their cover of Talking Heads' "Memories Can't Wait" had, which is included here as a live version). Two outtakes from the Time's Up sessions, the metallic "Money Talks" and another cover, Al Green's "Love and Happiness," just don't measure up to the high quality of that 1990 album's other selections. Biscuits is recommended to hardcore fans only; newcomers should stick to any of Living Colour's three full-length studio albums: Vivid, Time's Up, or Stain.

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