The Definitive Collection

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Any single-disc Cameo compilation is going to come up short. There's no way around it. The group's charting singles cannot be contained on two CDs, and even a wisely selected disc of their best album material, spread across 13 releases from 1977 through 1988, would rival many of their contemporaries' best work. The Definitive Collection is in no way definitive, and it's not only due to its size. It's heavily weighted toward the group's mid-'80s albums -- front-loaded with "Word Up!," "Single Life," "Candy," and "She's Strange" -- which will only perpetuate the misconception that Cameo were only briefly relevant as a silly symbol of '80s outrageousness. Though it has to be said that Cameo did not help their cause when,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Any single-disc Cameo compilation is going to come up short. There's no way around it. The group's charting singles cannot be contained on two CDs, and even a wisely selected disc of their best album material, spread across 13 releases from 1977 through 1988, would rival many of their contemporaries' best work. The Definitive Collection is in no way definitive, and it's not only due to its size. It's heavily weighted toward the group's mid-'80s albums -- front-loaded with "Word Up!," "Single Life," "Candy," and "She's Strange" -- which will only perpetuate the misconception that Cameo were only briefly relevant as a silly symbol of '80s outrageousness. Though it has to be said that Cameo did not help their cause when, in 2005, they performed "Word Up!" and a cover of Bowling for Soup's "1985" on an episode of a nationally televised program called Hit Me Baby One More Time. They went on before Howard Jones. This disc will only be helpful to you if you want those mid-'80s hits and simply don't care about how great Cameo had been for several years prior to their mainstream peak. It does dip into the years when Cameo were a constant presence on the black singles chart, with dynamite singles like "I Just Want to Be," "Rigor Mortis," and "Why Have I Lost You," but it's lacking far too much to be considered definitive. Gold
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 602498796566
  • Catalog Number: 000611202
  • Sales rank: 27,602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Word Up! (4:22)
  2. 2 Single Life (4:30)
  3. 3 Candy (4:26)
  4. 4 She's Strange (3:48)
  5. 5 Sparkle (4:53)
  6. 6 I Just Want to Be (3:42)
  7. 7 Shake Your Pants (6:24)
  8. 8 Rigor Mortis (5:23)
  9. 9 Attack Me with Your Love (4:33)
  10. 10 Back and Forth (3:54)
  11. 11 Why Have I Lost You (5:16)
  12. 12 Flirt (4:09)
  13. 13 Skin I'm In (4:38)
  14. 14 Talkin' out the Side of Your Neck (4:08)
  15. 15 Keep It Hot (4:44)
  16. 16 Freaky Dancin' (4:17)
  17. 17 Just Be Yourself (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cameo Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Larry Blackmon Composer, Producer
Tomi Jenkins Composer
Greg "Doc" Johnson Composer
Arnett Leftenant Composer
Nathan Leftenant Composer
Anthony Lockett Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Amy Linden Liner Notes
David Redfern Inlay Photography
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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