Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour

Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour

by Living Colour


Eleven years after Living Colour released its post-breakup compilation Pride and three years after their reunion album Collideøscope, Epic/Legacy released the career-spanning collection Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour. Since Living Colour had a career that burned like a supernova -- bright and intense at its beginning in 1988, but by 1993, they had imploded -- they're an ideal band for a compilation, and Everything Is Possible is indeed an excellent history of the band, drawing heavily from 1988's Vivid and its 1990 follow-up, Time's Up, while treating 1993's Stain as a footnote and sampling from the reunion record. As such, this is a lively portrait of the band at its peak, containing nearly all of the MTV and album rock radio hits (Stain's "Leave It Alone" is missing, but it's not noticeable), plus a healthy representation of the best album tracks. That almost all of these are culled from Vivid (over half the album is here) and Time's Up (just under half the album, if the "Soulpower Hip Hop Remix" of "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" is counted) is, again, no surprise: not only did the band turned dank and gloomy for Stain, but their neon-colored fiercely multi-cultural hard rock was in full force for those two albums. Truth be told, it even showed signs of exhausting itself on Time's Up, something that Everything Is Possible obscures even if it can't completely hide it: by that point, the politics, genre-hopping, celebrity cameos, and PC social consciousness were dampening the freshness of Vivid, which itself suffered from being overly earnest and as self-consciously complicated as the stop-start riff to their biggest hit, "Cult of Personality." Nevertheless, over the course of those two albums Living Colour produced some bright, ambitious hard rock that crystallized a lot of the ideas and trends of the late '80s and early '90s, and nowhere is that better heard than on this compilation, which captures a band that was and remains as interesting to theorize about as it is to listen to.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969482421
catalogNumber: 94824

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Living Colour   Primary Artist
Mick Jagger   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Maceo Parker   Saxophone
Will Calhoun   Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Vocals,Sampling,electronic percussion,Water Drums
Annette Daniels   Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Muriel Fowler   Background Vocals
William Fowler   Background Vocals
Doug E. Fresh   Mouth Percussion
Corey Glover   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Toshi Kubota   Guest Appearance
Yubie Navas   Guest Appearance
Vernon Reid   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Sampling
Alva Rogers   Guest Appearance
Rosa Russ   Background Vocals
Muzz Skillings   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Francine Stasium   Guest Appearance
Doug Wimbish   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Ambience
Derin Young   Vocals,Background Vocals
D.K. Dyson   Background Vocals
Fowler Family   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Mick Jagger   Producer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Pete Brown   Composer
Will Calhoun   Composer,Loop
Eric Clapton   Composer
Ron Saint Germain   Producer,Engineer
Corey Glover   Composer
Paul Hamingson   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Vernon Reid   Composer,Sound Design
Soulshock   Producer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Doug Wimbish   Composer,beats,Sound Design
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Greg Tate   Liner Notes
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
Drew Carolan   Back Cover

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