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Album Review

The big single on Cameosis, the stimulating "Shake Your Pants," provokes body moves from the animated group vocals to the rump-shakin' groove. The vivacious number "We're Going out Tonight" is a man's salute to his lady. Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins sing in unison throughout the body of the song, with first tenor Wayne Cooper soaring in the vamp. The group puts a different twist on a remake of their own "Why Have I Lost You." Tomi Jenkins imparts a compassionate rap in the intro before crooning his way through the imaginative lyric, where Wayne Cooper reaches one climax after another. Like the original version, it, too, never graced the charts but found a home on radio. The sleeper on this album is "I Care for You." Anthony Lockett took the vocal lead on this tear-jerking ballad, in which a man tolerates his woman's questionable behavior. From Lockett's execution to the song's overall arrangement, this is a must-listen.

Customer Reviews

This is the Cameo album

Every song from top to bottom. I wanted to be in Cameo, dress like the dudes in Cameo, and have chest hair like the guys in Cameo. This album is funky, has great ballads, and much more interesting than the homework I wasn't doing when I was listening to it, over and over again.

Classic Funk!

The "Cameosis" & "Shake Your Pants" tracks set the tone for Cameo's unique funk sound that all funkateers can appreciate. "Why Have I Lost You?" shows the bands versatility with a smooth slower ballad.

Cameo masters funk and ballads in this timeless classic

In a time when releasing back to back albums in the same year was unheard of, Cameo released two albums: One with a strong ballad and dance emphasis "Cameosis" and one with a strong funk emphasis "Feel Me". "Cameosis" demonstrates Cameo's amazing ability to seamlessly work between different musical styles and reflect their mastery of those elements. To Cameo's credit, neither albums seem canned or forced. Both albums are of high quality in craftsmanship and songs. Furthermore, by the quality of their work, it appears that they sincerely enjoyed performing these songs both in the studio as well as on stage. In "Cameosis," memorable songs such as "We're going out tonight" reflects a time when messages about romance and good times meant something. "Shake Your Pants" with it's fast paced tempo and funk-filled beat would cause one to do exactly what the song says, making it a very enjoyable song to listen to. "Why Have I Lost You" is a very strong fit for "Cameosis" and is performed so well that it doesn't appear as a remake. Overall, if I was to have a top ten list for Cameo albums, "Cameosis" would easily rank in the top four hands down. This album is highly recommended and is enjoyable for both die-hard Cameo fans as well as casual fans of the best of funk and R&B.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An outlandish, in-your-face stage presence, a strange sense of humor, and a hard-driving funk sound that criss-crossed a few musical boundaries earned Cameo countless comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic in their early days. However, Cameo eventually wore off accusations of being derivative by transcending their influences and outlasting almost every single one of them. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the group remained up with the times and occasionally crept ahead of them, such that they became influences...
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