Living Colour

The Paris Concert [DVD]

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In an hour and three-quarters at the New Morning nightclub in Paris in July 2007, Living Colour gave a convincing account of their nearly two-decade career, playing 17 songs drawn from their three initial albums, Vivid (1988), Time's Up (1990), and Stain (1993), as well as the reunion collection CollideĆøscope (2003). The show began with "Type" from Time's Up, rendered as a medley with the old reggae hit "Police and Thieves," and ended, inevitably, with the band's sole Top 20 pop hit, "Cult of Personality," and in between each bandmember got a chance to shine. Singer Corey Glover held the spotlight much of the time with his strong vocals, but guitarist Vernon Reid took characteristically dense and noisy solos on such songs as "Funny Vibe," "Sacred Ground," and "Flying." "Vernon is now going to play the blues," declared Glover as Reid launched a lengthy introduction to "Memories Can't Wait." (It was the longest stage remark of the evening.) Bassist Doug Wimbish had already provided his own distinctive and melodic introduction to "Nova," playing a six-string instrument, and he also sang lead vocals on his own "Either Way." Drummer Will Calhoun had his six-and-half-minute "Drum Solo," and also took other solos here and there, notably in "Sacred Ground." The biggest audience reaction came from a faithful interpretation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Crosstown Traffic" that maybe should have been an encore instead of appearing in the middle of the set. But no one could complain with this no-frills club show that presented the highlights of Living Colour's work in their first 20 years.

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