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  • Audio CD (March 28 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FKH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Word Up
2. Candy
3. Back And Forth
4. Don't Be Lonely
5. She's Mine
6. Fast, Fierce & Funny
7. You Can Have The World

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Cameo, unlike many funk bands that emerged in the late '70s, really thrived in the 1980s. Lead singer/producer Larry Blackmon insisted on changing with the times, and he did so by making Cameo more high-tech. An outlandish, in-your-face stage presence, a strange sense of humor, and a hard-driving funk sound that criss-crossed a few musical boundaries earned Cameo countless comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic in their early days. However, Cameo eventually wore off accusations of being derivative by transcending their influences and outlasting almost every single one of them. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the group remained up with the times and occasionally crept ahead of them, such that they became influences themselves upon younger generations of R&B and hip-hop acts. Includes the single's 'Word Up' and 'Candy'. Universal.

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Format: Audio CD
1986 was quite a year. I was busy perfecting an advanced level of high school nerdiness that future generations would never be able to equal, and Cameo was releasing what was, to me, the coolest song I had ever heard in my life. Word Up was huge; not since the heyday of Fonzie had I encountered such a concentration of coolness in anything. Everybody loved this song, everybody played this song, and everybody inevitably introduced the word Owwwww into his/her vocabulary. Then the song Candy was released, another great song that increased the shelf life of Larry Blackmon's trademark Owwwww for several more months. The way I saw it, you couldn't even pretend to be cool without owning this album. At first glance, you look and see only seven songs and wonder what the deal is here, but let me rationalize this seeming weakness of the CD by explaining that the album is 35 minutes long, with two songs over five minutes long and one spanning an excess of six minutes; thus, while it's still a relatively short album, it is not "too short" by any means (especially for its time). While none of the other tracks comes close to equaling the power of Word Up, this is still a great album all the way around. The only thing I knew about funk at this time was that Rick James' Superfreak was the funkiest funk around. I knew nothing about Cameo's emergence in the late 70s and their successful adaptation to the musical changes of the 80s, not only surviving where other funk bands fell by the wayside but prospering like nobody's business. I guess this can be called hip-hop music; all I know is that this was bold, cutting edge stuff to my young little mind. Now, I can appreciate this album in altogether new ways, and I must say it's still all kinds of cool.Read more ›
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note: too bad i lost the password to my old account below, lol ... some copy & paste is in order therefore, yes? ;)
wow ... i remember hearing the title track on afn in frankfurt/main, germany some 14 years ago as if it was yesterday. after that aural experience during my adolescent phase, nothing remained the same: i went to the nearest department store and bought cameo's single, although i didn't even have a record player at that time. i was hooked (and i still am).
if it hadn't been for cameo, i'd probably still be one of those unfocused consumers that lack the appreciation for genuine artistic achievements. luckily for me, i've come to discover all the funk, soul and jazz gems that are worth checking out.
now, after this "general introduction", on to the actual review: the production is tight and on point. from the very first moment it becomes evident that mastermind blackmon and his mates can't go wrong with this one -- it's a midas thing: everything they touch turns into funk. the horn arrangements in particular (something i always gave them big respect for) are perfect and the lyrics are also decent and entertaining.
word up!: out of this world. this is a killer track, and even the worst cover version couldn't spoil it (as is the case with most terrific songs).
candy: indeed, sweet. melts in your ear, not in your stereo system.
back & forth: on the move -- shake your money-maker. the beat is extremely heavy and makes this song a winner. sure shot.
don't be lonely: now, this is a top-notch ballad delivered with *soul*. i feel it.
she's mine: hilarious and groovy. spice up your party with this cut.
fast, fierce & funny: it's all about the dough. nice inserts mocking the stock marketeers.
you can have the world: an appropriate closing track. in 1986, the world was theirs, with only prince's "parade/under the cherry moon" matching them.
hope i didn't bore y'all too much but this review i just *had* to write.
cheers.
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Format: Audio CD
wow ... i remember hearing the title track on afn in frankfurt/main, germany some 14 years ago as if it was yesterday. after that aural experience during my adolescent phase, nothing remained the same: i went to the nearest department store and bought cameo's single, although i didn't even have a record player at that time. i was hooked (and i still am).
if it hadn't been for cameo, i'd probably still be one of those unfocused consumers that lack the appreciation for genuine artistic achievements. luckily for me, i've come to discover all the funk, soul and jazz gems that are worth checking out.
now, after this »general introduction«, on to the actual review: the production is tight and on point. from the very first moment it becomes evident that mastermind blackmon and his mates can't go wrong with this one -- it's a midas thing: everything they touch turns into funk. the horn arrangements in particular (something i always gave them big respect for) are perfect and the lyrics are also decent and entertaining.
word up!: out of this world. this is a killer track, and even the worst cover version couldn't spoil it (as is the case with most terrific songs).
candy: indeed, sweet. melts in your ear, not in your stereo system.
back & forth: on the move -- shake your money-maker. the beat is extremely heavy and makes this song a winner. sure shot.
don't be lonely: now, this is a top-notch ballad delivered with *soul*. i feel it.
she's mine: hilarious and groovy. spice up your party with this cut.
fast, fierce & funny: it's all about the dough. nice inserts mocking the stock marketeers.
you can have the world: an appropriate closing track. in 1986, the world was theirs, with only prince's "parade/under the cherry moon" matching them.
hope i didn't bore y'all too much but this review i just *had* to write.
cheers.
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