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Album Review

The original members of the Cover Girls (Louise "Angel" Sabater, Sunshine Wright, and Caroline Jackson) weren't fantastic singers; their voices were undeniably thin. But then, no one honestly believed that they were the next Martha & the Vandellas. Despite their obvious limitations as singers, the Cover Girls made some memorable contributions to Latin freestyle — in fact, their debut album, Show Me, is among freestyle's most important releases. Boasting such producers as Andy Panda Tripoli, Lewis A. Martineé (the brains behind Exposé), and Little Louie Vega, Show Me is full of infectious, Latin-flavored dance-pop grooves that no freestyle enthusiast should be without. "Inside Outside," "Because of You," "One Night Affair" (not to be confused with the Gamble & Huff classic), and the hit title track are, without question, some of freestyle's most essential recordings. Meanwhile, the unexpected and very retro "That Boy of Mine" finds the New York trio recalling the girl group sound of the early '60s. Show Me contains a few mediocre tunes, but they are the exception instead of the rule. All things considered, Show Me is an album that anyone with even a casual interest in freestyle should own.

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Best Freestyle Female Group!

I just love the Cover Girls. My favorite song would have to be "Because Of You". As much as I love this version from the Show Me album, I really do like the 12" remix. I can never get enough Cover Girls. The best.

nice! :D

i actually liked some of their music..my uncle came thru with what they had.. and i was suprised that how other people respond to it.. :] great hits! :D

Fantastic

I must've worn out my original cassette copy of this album within a year of buying it. "Love Emergency" is a bit disappointing in the same way that fat-free vanilla ice cream is a disappointing way to end a 7-course gourmet dinner.

The opening title track is a definite 5/5. Vibrant. Propulsive. Pure energy from start to finish. If you're not moving when this song's playing, you're probably wearing a toe tag.

"Because of You" is also a 5/5. It keeps the energy going but takes just a slightly different tack on the rhythm.

"That Boy of Mine" is another 5/5. It's also high-energy but with a 60s girl-group throwback sound. This is a song that would've sounded right at home with the Ronettes or the Crystals--or imagine the Supremes with Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound production.

"One Night Affair," another 5/5, returns the Girls to the late 80s freestyle sound. (It was the last song on the original "Side 1"of the album and cassette which meant that side 1 was an absolute essential for any party or club. If the songs had been mixed to play non-stop, there wouldn't have been any way for clubgoers to sit down.)

"Spring Love," another 5/5, opened the original Side 2 with another slight change in the tempo. It seemed to take elements of the Philly Soul sound and blended them with freestyle. A decade earlier (without the freestyle sound) and this song could've been done by the Three Degrees or First Choice.

"Inside Outside" is another 5/5 and is probably my single favorite track from the album. I don't know what it is about this one song over all the other freestyle songs (maybe the slight changes in the song's tempo or what seems to be a more subtle percussive sound--the percussion is definitely there but there seem to be points where it almost vanishes before suddenly booming back to the forefront) but I just love the song.

"Promise Me" is another 5/5 but is an utterly heartwrenching ballad of a lover gone wrong and what the wayward love will have to do to set things right once again.

"Love Emergency" is (as noted at the start of the review) a disappointment--a 2/5--but only because it comes at the end of the album. Had it been sequenced somewhere else, it could've been a 4/5 but coming after the gorgeous "Promise Me," it just falls flat. (Maybe ending the album with "Promise Me" would've been a stroke of genius, especially when heard on the CD. Ending the CD with the ballad would've been a night at a club in a microcosm--keeping the party going and wrapping it up with that "last dance" before closing.)

Biography

Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Dance

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

The Cover Girls, formed in 1986, was the project of songwriter/producer Andy "Panda" Tripoli and music promoter Sal Abbatiello. The New York-based dance-pop group featured a revolving lineup of vocalists that began with Caroline Jackson, Louise "Angel" Sabater, and Sunshine Wright. The trio got off to a hot start. Five of the eight songs from Show Me, their 1987 debut album, reached at least one Billboard singles chart. "Because of You" and "Promise Me," the two most popular A-sides, reached the...
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