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Company B Audio CD
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Miami Sound Machine, Expose and the Cover Girls were at the forefront of the Miami pop sound in the 80's. Less known because they mainly had two big splashes on the dance charts were Company B, and like the Andrews Sisters who sang about the boogie-woogie bugle boy of well, you know, there were three girls in CB. This debut album features the original lineup of Lori L., Susan Johnson, and Lezlee Livrano, who were bedecked in blue dresses and platinum blonde shock wigs similar to Tina Turner. The sound here have a consistent sound, nothing varying too much in terms of moderate dance floor BPM, nothing that would top Stock-Aitken-Waterman, but it's good enough to stay awake. Here are some highlights.
"Fascinated" was the only Top 40 single for these girls and the "Axel F" like keyboards, which were also like those used in Expose's "Point Of No Return", caught my attention. I kept thinking that yeah, they sounded close to Expose, even down to the lead vocalist. Despite its low showing on the singles chart, it peaked the hot dance charts.
"Perfect Lover" peaked at #12 on the hot dance charts with synths and a rhythm bordering on the Cover Girls' "Because Of You."
"Full Circle" was the other #1 that topped the dance and maxi-single charts, and I can see why. This song incorporates the usual synths but catchy hooks in the chorus instead of the usual outright numbing jam of drum machines. At 5:43, it's the longest song here. It was also this song performed on Dance MTV that I saw them live for the first time and was finally able to match voices with faces. I either laughed or rolled my eyes at the wigs, I remember. One of the standout cuts.
"Jam On Me" incorporates a more Latin sound but nothing much else.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More great 80's Freestyle Dance Music Dec 6 2005
By G. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Fascinated' was one of the best dance songs of the 80's!! This cd is full of those 80's keyboards sounds that keep you grooving! 'Signed In Your Book Of Love' should've been a massive club hit, 'Full Circle'(another hit), 'Spin Me Around', 'Jam On Me' just rock! If you love and remember this style of dance music you'll love this cd, also I recommend finding the 12'mixes of the singles because they are great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars company b self titled cd revew Feb. 27 2013
By Michael A. Iaquinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
the music on this cd i think is amazing music and especially the song fascinated which is my favorite song on this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Group, My Favorite Album May 16 2011
By Thomas Chlebus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Company B first got my attention when I saw the video for "Fascinated." Those mildly fetishy blue leather outfits will do that for an 18-year-old. Still, I didn't have a video component when I listened, and I still listen to this album in 2011.

The songs all have very similar themes, being either invitations or effectively love letters to whoever the narrator is involved with. This is worth noting because it is 180 degrees away from the accustions, demands, and criticisms typical of songs by female vocalists for the last 10 or so years.

Lyrics tend to be racy, stopping short of being vulgar. For example, "Fascinated" begins with the line, "I want to play with you tonight." The second verse of "Infatuate Me" says, "Let me give you / everything I've got that's nice," and Lori made "nice" sound impressively suggestive.

The music is built on sequences, and in most of the songs they are introduced one at a time, which gives an interesting layered effect.

"Fascinated" has that up-front keyboard sequence that makes the song soothing, almost hypnotic. The lead vocal is Charlotte McKinnon (not in the cover photo) and her gentle, seductive delivery is perfect for the lyrics.

Lori (who has lead vocals on 8 of the 10 tracks) takes a similar tack on most of the songs. I think my favorite of Lori's is "Spin Me Around." Besides the infectiousness of the music, this track is notable for having very little suggestiveness in the lyrics--it says pretty much that the work week is over and it's time to party.

Lezlee sings "Full Circle." She uses a stronger delivery than Lori does, getting almost brassy in the chorus. As in "Fascinated" the songis an invitation, with the narrator telling a guy, "You've been so good to me / Let me be your baby." As a seduction it's more blunt than "Fascinated" but I doubt Lezlee got many complaints....

All told, the songs are almost seductively easy to listen to. And listen to...and listen to.... I love Company B, and I love this album.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser album of Miami sound, lots of beats, not much else Dec 4 2003
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Miami Sound Machine, Expose and the Cover Girls were at the forefront of the Miami pop sound in the 80's. Less known because they mainly had two big splashes on the dance charts were Company B, and like the Andrews Sisters who sang about the boogie-woogie bugle boy of well, you know, there were three girls in CB. This debut album features the original lineup of Lori L., Susan Johnson, and Lezlee Livrano, who were bedecked in blue dresses and platinum blonde shock wigs similar to Tina Turner. The sound here have a consistent sound, nothing varying too much in terms of moderate dance floor BPM, nothing that would top Stock-Aitken-Waterman, but it's good enough to stay awake. Here are some highlights.
"Fascinated" was the only Top 40 single for these girls and the "Axel F" like keyboards, which were also like those used in Expose's "Point Of No Return", caught my attention. I kept thinking that yeah, they sounded close to Expose, even down to the lead vocalist. Despite its low showing on the singles chart, it peaked the hot dance charts.
"Perfect Lover" peaked at #12 on the hot dance charts with synths and a rhythm bordering on the Cover Girls' "Because Of You."
"Full Circle" was the other #1 that topped the dance and maxi-single charts, and I can see why. This song incorporates the usual synths but catchy hooks in the chorus instead of the usual outright numbing jam of drum machines. At 5:43, it's the longest song here. It was also this song performed on Dance MTV that I saw them live for the first time and was finally able to match voices with faces. I either laughed or rolled my eyes at the wigs, I remember. One of the standout cuts.
"Jam On Me" incorporates a more Latin sound but nothing much else. As for the other four songs I didn't go into, they have drum machines, synths, vocals, but not much else. And the average length of the songs is five and a half minutes, indicating their dance floor function. Not as good as Expose, but better than Sweet Sensation, as the sounds are richer than that of SS.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's C.D. Jan. 6 2013
By robert dallas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been trying to get this c.d. for quite some time and It is great music listening enjoyment! Thank You !
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