Living Colour has recently enjoyed a revival of sorts, after having reunited in 2008 for a tour, which culminated in the release of a live DVD and CD recorded at the famed CBGB club and then, their first studio album in over 10 years (fifth overall) just released last month.
That revival now continues with the release of The Paris Concert, a 2-CD package featuring 17 tracks recorded in July of 2007 at the infamous New Morning Club in Paris.
Like Fishbone, Kings X and Bad Brains before them, Living Colour is a unique blend of rock, metal and funk, always stretching and blending the boundries of all three, and the Paris Concert set does not disappoint.
The pure musicianship of this group is phenominal; Vernon Reed is a legendary guitarist and talented producer, and bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun lay down an impeccably solid rhythm section under the vocal prowess of Corey Glover.
The band's music is often political and controversial, touching upon a wide range of social commentary.
From the business exploitations of "Type", to the loving-angst of "Love Rears it's Ugly Head" to the racist overtones of "Funny Vibe", Living Colour never took the easy way out or chose path of least resistance with the messages in their songs.
A couple of nice cover twists in the set list, including the Temptations "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and the Jimi Hendrix classic "Crosstown Traffic," mix in nicely with newer cuts like "Nova/Wall" and "Sacred Ground."
Of course there are also plenty of fan favorites throughout the set including Ignorance Is Bliss," "Memories Can't Wait", "Glamour Boys" and of course, the show-stopping closer and the band's biggest hit with "Cult Of Personality."
Despite their relative successes and a loyal following, Living Colour never got the true recognition they deserved as being innovative artists who bore their own path through the New York City underground and into the national spotlight.