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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000008DXV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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CD Album

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Work Hard, Skin I'm in and the Miles Davis infused In the Night are the best tracks but this is not a patch on Word Up. Listen to this and then listen to 'She's Mine' and you'll see what I mean...
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 28 Jun. 2014
By Trevor Doig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Arrived quickly and brand new as stated. This is the 3rd time I've owned this LP. So glad I have a the vinyl LP again. Thanks Trev :-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cameo Album That May Surprise You 3 Nov. 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From the moment I first heard about this album,it was always described as Cameo as only being the purveyors of some huge musical business unto themselves. This has very often be described as being an album that was made to "cash in" on the success of their previous album Word Up which,if I remember was still strongly in the public consciousness by the time this follow up arrived in 1988. Of course funk itself was not about capitalism ,communism,escapism or any "ism" in particular. It reflected on them,commented on them and to paraphrase the late Gil Scott-Heron" put you in the drivers seat". It used clever witty humor to make its points too. This was all part of Cameo's musical sensibilities from the very outset. They were from an era of bands who started out playing funk-not necessarily developing at least recording music together that had a strong jazz/Latin/blus/psychedelic back round from which the first generation of funk bands had started. Yet as the times changed,Cameo just changed the way they played funk. But never,ever became un-funky. By the time this album was released,there were noises being made by musicians/artists about a funk revival-at least music heavily inspired by it. And being in the commercial position Cameo were in at this point,they had something creatively potent to add to this new grooving brew starting to emerge.

The album opens up with "You Make Me Work",featuring a strong re-harmonizes the title songs refrain from the previous album with a heavier rock guitar element and some light electric organ touches in the back round-giving it a little more of a blues favor melodically in a fantastic hard funk number. The strong,uptempo dance-funk of "I Like The World" is a potent message song about empowering oneself in terms of protecting..well a world you really like and want to make better for yours and future generations. Its delivered with assertive power lyrically and vocally. Same goes for the more intensely bass/guitar driven "Skin I'm In"-with re-appropriates the racially assertive attitude (given such a boost up by the conscious hip-hop of the day such as Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions) that brings out the cultural double standards people put in place that make human differences seem like weaknesses rather than strengths. "Promiscuous" has a thick,horn packed funk ethic to it whereas "Pretty Girls and "Honey" both bring back the bass oriented hard funk rhythmic intensity (and in the case of the latter the melodic structure) of "Candy" from the previous album. "In The Night" brings in Miles Davis for a song in which the band very accurately replicates the reggae oriented opening bass/guitar line and the jazzy keyboard chords of "Fat Time" era Miles-done up in the rhythmically thick style of Cameo of course.

"Soul Tightened",with its JB informed groove (one of my favorites on this album) as well as the reggae of the closing "DKWIG" further emphasize the important closing point I am about to make about this album. Although this is very contemporary for the late 1980's this album finds Cameo,while still firmly in it's trio format,making something of a return to a well produced live band oriented funk sound as opposed to the naked and somewhat more electronic tinged direction they began in the middle of that decade. By bringing in the late musical icon Miles Davis into this session makes an everlasting point about Cameo's musicality. It can be even better defined by...well the reason some people see this album as a retread of the previous album. One of the qualities that may have allowed Cameo to continue playing hard funk while many of their contemporaries developed more pop oriented sounds to stay afloat was one ethic they kept to from James Brown himself. They often liked to take songs that had been successful with and re-arrange them into others in infinite combinations,or in some cases out and out re-visitations. And by linking that further into jazz-funk here,with sociopolitically charged message songs that have a strong racially aware consciousness,Cameo have made their cultural influences outside of funk abundantly clear. That is why I'd personally contend that this is one of Cameo's most importantly under-appreciated albums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not without a couple good ones, but mostly a cash-in on "Word Up" 13 April 2008
By Glen Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A towering presence in the world of funk, this long-lasting group has had many memorable hits. Their last album before this, 1986's "Word Up" was one of their best efforts, spawning smash hits with the title track and "Candy." The problem with this album isn't so much that it's all that bad, because it really isn't, but more the fact that it seems to be a deliberate carbon copy of its predecessor in some ways. The track "Pretty Girls" sounds almost exactly like the title track from "Word Up," and "Honey" is practically nothing more than "Candy" with the word "honey" in place of the word "candy." The slow groove "In The Night," featuring the legendary Miles Davis playing trumpet, is very good. However, if you want to experience Cameo's later works, go for their 1990 album "Real Men Wear Black" instead. It has more originality and generally makes better use of the new-jack swing formula than this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Jan. 2016
By KEVIN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Nov. 2015
By Geo - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good
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