Friday, April 30, 2010

Vernon Reid - Mistaken Identity (1996)

Vernon Reid (born August 22, 1958) is a British-born American guitarist, songwriter, composer and band leader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Living Colour, Reid was named #66 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Critic Steve Huey writes, "[Reid's] rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from heavy metal and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well."

Reid is best known for leading Living Colour. Early versions of the group formed in New York City in 1983, but the personnel solidified in 1985-86, and Reid led the group for about another decade.

Among the highlights: a double platinum-selling debut album Vivid, released in 1988; its gold-certified successor, Time's Up, released 1990; two consecutive Grammy Awards in the category of Best Hard Rock Performance; opening for the Rolling Stones' 1989 "Steel Wheels" tour; and appearing on the first Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991. Living Colour released CollideĆøscope in October 2003 on Sanctuary Records and "The Chair in the Doorway" in September of 2009 on Megaforce Records.

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Vernon Reid - Mistaken Identity (1996)
The debut solo album of American guitarist and Living Colour-member Vernon Reid, released in June 1996 on Sony Music-imprint label 550 Music. It features contributions from his backing band Masque, and production was handled by Reid, hip hop producer Prince Paul, and jazz producer Teo Macero.The album's title was inspired by Reid's experience with cultural identity in his life.

01. CP Time
02. Mistaken Identity
03. You Say He's Just A Psychic Friend
04. Who Are You [Mutation 1]
05. Lightnin'
06. The Projects
07. Uptown Drifter
08. Saint Cobain
09. Important Safety Instructions! [Mutation 2]
10. What's My Name
11. Signed Fictitious
12. Call Waiting To Exhale [mutation 3]
13. My Last Nerve
14. Freshwater Coconut
15. Mysterious Power
16. Unborne Embrace

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