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Living Colour

The Paris Concert DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Their music is heavy and crunchy, but it also grooves. They have as much in common with Jimi Hendrix as they do with the New York hard rock and punk scene from which they rose. With those two statements we can really only be talking about Living Colour. This DVD captures their July 2007 concert and finds them in fine form, playing as well as they ever have.

Living Colour’s music has always defied definition and categorization. They bring in influences from pretty much anywhere they choose without worrying about what their sound will be called. That makes them a unique musical entity. Their talent makes them an exceptional musical entity.

This concert benefits from having been filmed in high definition and the videography and sound are both top notch. The music is, too, though. These guys were purely on fire as they made their way through tracks from all periods of their history. We even get a couple covers in the form of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “Crosstown Traffic.” These guys deftly move from punk rock to metal to funk to jazz to R & B. The fans in attendance are obviously enjoying the show. Now you can, too. This is an awesome DVD and a lasting tribute to a unique and wonderful band.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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