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25 July 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1986
  • Release Date: 25 July 2002
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 PolyGram Records Inc.
  • Total Length: 35:16
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001KOBWC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,112 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2003
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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Wow, what a group. I think their dress style has infused their music with some demi-God powers that blast funk and rhythm into your brain juices.

Never heard of Cameo until Korn covered their Word Up single. Then came across them on an 80's compilation album and realised they were pretty funky. I checked up on them a bit more and was shocked at how amazing they were and how I had never gotten into them before.

This old-school 80's funk band is to me, what funk music is all about. I have been trying to find this sound for years, without knowing it, and it hit me like a pair of pink parachute pants to the face when I heard them. Their sound is most similar to Funkadelic/Parliament and I would highly recommend them, and this album, to fans of funk.
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I had this album on cassette many years ago, I never stopped playing it then. I heard the track Candy played recently and it inspired me to buy this. It still sounds as good now.
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Bought this for a birthday present and it is never off the cd player it was well received really enjoy listening to it great buy !!
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This album epitomised all that was funky with Cameo, from their humble beginings when they were a 7 piece outfit to the later incarnation when it was just the 3 and you can't forget the "Cod piece" Blackmon wore that with pride and it often was commented on in the papers. but apart from that this CD is pure 80's funk. the coolest of the cool, you had to have this CD to be anyone. Some of the biggest singles of the 80's are on this album. Buy it, play it and say "awwwwwwwh"
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Cameo;s fairly short chart career is well defined here. 3 great tracks, and a few good ones. Shop around there are some great offers on with. Brilliant value.
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