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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Many of the funk bands that were big in the 1970s had a hard time surviving in the 1980s, especially if they were horn bands. Having a killer horn section was something that a lot of 1970s funk outfits prided themselves on, and it was no fun when, in the 1980s, they were told that their horns sound dated and that urban contemporary audiences only wanted to hear synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines. But 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 and seeing to it that albums like 1985's Single Life and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Many of the funk bands that were big in the 1970s had a hard time surviving in the 1980s, especially if they were horn bands. Having a killer horn section was something that a lot of 1970s funk outfits prided themselves on, and it was no fun when, in the 1980s, they were told that their horns sound dated and that urban contemporary audiences only wanted to hear synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines. But 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 and seeing to it that albums like 1985's Single Life and 1986's Word Up! were relevant to the urban contemporary and hip-hop scenes. Nonetheless, Cameo still sounded like Cameo; Word Up!, in fact, is one of its best albums. The wildly infectious title song was a major hit, and Cameo is equally captivating on other funk treasures that include "Fast, Fierce and Funny," "Back and Forth," and "Candy." To the young urban contemporary and hip-hop fans who bought Word Up! in 1986, Cameo's funk was fresh and cutting edge; and at the same time, slightly older fans that Cameo had won over in the late '70s were still buying its records. Both commercially and creatively, Word Up! was a major triumph for Cameo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 042283026520
  • Catalog Number: 830265
  • Sales rank: 26,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Word Up! (4:21)
  2. 2 Candy (5:39)
  3. 3 Back And Forth (6:33)
  4. 4 Don't Be Lonely (5:19)
  5. 5 She's Mine (4:37)
  6. 6 Fast, Fierce & Funny (4:09)
  7. 7 You Can Have The World (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cameo Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Brecker Saxophone
Giovanni Hidalgo Percussion
Bernard Wright Keyboards
Wilbur Morris Background Vocals
Larry Blackmon Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Brecker Saxophone
Patrick Buchanon Guitar
Michael Burnett Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Crispin Cioe Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Duduka Da Fonseca Percussion
Robert Funk Trombone
Kenni Hairston Keyboards
Tomi Jenkins Vocals, Background Vocals
Kevin Kendricks Keyboards
Nathan Leftenant Background Vocals
Sammy Merendino Drums
Aaron Mills Bass Guitar
Eric Rehl Keyboards
Peter Scherer Synthesizer
Charlie Singleton Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Thornton Percussion
Melvin Wells Saxophone, Background Vocals
Merv DePyere Keyboards
William "Willy Gunz" Morris Background Vocals
Merv De Peyer Keyboards
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Cameo Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements
Larry Alexander Engineer
Larry Blackmon Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements
Matthew Casha Engineer
Tomi Jenkins Composer
Matthew Kasha Engineer
Louis Levin Direction
Sammy Merendino Programming, drum programming
Kurt Neumann Composer
Dave Ogrin Engineer
Michel Sauvage Engineer
Peter Scherer Programming, Synclavier Programming
Eric Calvi Engineer
Jerry Soloman Engineer
J. Rodriguez Engineer
David Krebs Direction
Steve Leber Direction
Bill Levy Art Direction
Jose Rodriquez Mastering
Artie Matthews Composer
George Morris Composer
Sam Llanas Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CAMEO's Best Album By Far!!!

    To any one out there thinking about buying any of CAMEO's music, they should start with this CD. It is buy far the best album in their catalog. I'm telling you. I have heard all of CAMEO's albums from the 70's and 80's. This should be the first of the groups CD's you should buy. Not only is it their best album. It is one of the best albums of the 1980's period. "Cameosis" and "Secret Women" should be your next purchases. Just remember this is the one to get first baby.WORD UP !!!

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