(2002) Anthology

Cameo

... read moreMercury's Cameo Anthology supersedes the two single-disc Best of Cameo volumes issued in the mid-'90s with a lengthy two-CD set that comprehensively chronicles the group's tenure on the Chocolate City and Atlanta Artists labels in the 1970s and '80s and just into the '90s. More casual fans may want...

02:33′:02″ 30 Songs

Disk 1

1
Rigor Mortis
Cameo
5:21
2
Post Mortem
Cameo
4:19
3
Funk Funk
Cameo
4:47
4
Find My Way
Cameo
4:57
5
It's Serious
Cameo
8:07
6
We All Know Who We Are
Cameo
5:51
7
Insane
Cameo
4:56
8
I Just Want To Be (12" Extended Mix)
Cameo
6:17
9
Sparkle
Cameo
4:50
10
Shake Your Pants
Cameo
6:20
11
We're Goin' Out Tonight
Cameo
4:41
12
Why Have I Lost You (Version 2)
Cameo
5:16
13
Keep It Hot
Cameo
4:39
14
Feel Me
Cameo
6:08

Disk 2

1
Freaky Dancin'
Cameo
5:20
2
Don't Be So Cool
Cameo
4:13
3
Just Be Yourself
Cameo
4:02
4
Flirt
Cameo
4:15
5
Alligator Woman/Secrets Of Time
Cameo
6:35
6
Style (Single Version)
Cameo
4:16
7
She's Strange
Cameo
7:11
8
Talkin' Out The Side Of Your Neck
Cameo
4:03
9
Hangin' Downtown
Cameo
5:05
10
Attack Me With Your Love
Cameo
4:30
11
Single Life
Cameo
4:29
12
Word Up
Cameo
4:15
13
Candy
Cameo
5:32
14
Back And Forth (7" Version)
Cameo
3:48
15
Skin I'm In (Single Version)
Cameo
4:30
16
I Want It Now (Single Version)
Cameo
4:29
Released 18 June 2002, A Mercury Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 2002 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Mercury's Cameo Anthology supersedes the two single-disc Best of Cameo volumes issued in the mid-'90s with a lengthy two-CD set that comprehensively chronicles the group's tenure on the Chocolate City and Atlanta Artists labels in the 1970s and '80s and just into the '90s. More casual fans may want to stick with the discount-priced 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cameo best-of, since this is a band best remembered for one particularly successful phase of a long career, the mid-'80s, when their new wave-influenced funk style led to the chart-topping R&B and Top Ten pop hit "Word Up." On Anthology, you don't get to that point in Cameo's story until 12 tracks into the second disc. What you do get is 23 of their 26 Top 40 R&B hits, beginning with 1977's "Rigor Mortis" and ending with 1990's "I Want It Now." (Inexplicably, one of the omissions is the 1988 Top Five R&B hit "You Make Me Work.") Along the way, Cameo can be heard to evolve from a Parliament/Funkadelic-style freeform funk band into a more disciplined unit who often sounds very similar to Earth, Wind & Fire, notably on the tracks "We're Goin' out Tonight" (1980) and "Feel Me" (1981). With "Freaky Dancin'," which appropriately opens the second disc, however, bandleader Larry Blackmon is starting to bring in his own interpretation of rock's new wave in the form of more aggressive playing while maintaining the funk feel, and by 1984's "She's Strange" he had found a sound for his band that would push them to a new level of popularity. That success would prove relatively short-lived, but by the time Cameo faded from the top of the charts in the early '90s they had built up quite a library of dance-oriented R&B, and most of the best of it is here. ~ William Ruhlmann