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Album Review

Champaign had huge hits with 1981's "How About Us" and 1983's "Try Again," but by the late 1980s, the Illinois group was struggling. So Champaign turned to the same Jackson, MS-based label that had been a refuge for Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Latimore and other soul veterans: Malaco. In 1990, Champaign signed with Malaco and recorded IV, its first album since 1984's Woman In Flames. Lead singer Pauli Carman had been recording as a solo artist, and returned to the band for this decent but not earth-shattering release. Instead of jumping on the new jack swing bandwagon and adding an abundance of rapping, Champaign pretty much sticks with the type of pop-flavored R&B it had been recording since the early 1980s. Although Champaign uses a lot of keyboards and drum machines, R&B/adult contemporary tunes like "Belong," "Teardrops Fall" and "Trials of the Heart" aren't much different from the songs Champaign had done for its Columbia debut almost ten years earlier. The production is high-tech, but the writing is pretty much the same. IV was ignored by urban contemporary radio, and adult contemporary radio wasn't very responsive either.

Customer Reviews

What the heck is going on around here??

Could someone explain why the song "TRY AGAIN", which is Champaign's 2nd most popular hit, is not available?? Plus, what's with this offering only a karaoke version..."I WANT THE ORIGINAL SONG!!! C'mom, ITunes, work it out for us--I know i'm not the only one who feels this way.

Great CD

I agree. iTunes should carry more Champaign CD's. Where are the hits?!


What I really meant is it's typical that "Champaign" a group that had basically a couple of hits at best and 5 albums total for some reason iTunes has a problem getting them on their store. This album has no hits to speak of, I mean where the hell is Champaigns first album "How "Bout Us" which of course had their greatest hit with the song of the same name? Where's the song "Try Again" from "Modern Heart" on iTunes? For that matter where is a decent greatest hits album that has BOTH songs which is ALL you need? Really the exclusion of those two songs and their albums for in what seems like an eternity is something that doesn't make the least bit of sense to me.

What's the struggle in putting up what few songs AND albums that exist of Champaigns catalog up on iTunes? It's like they're trying to annoy you on purpose by withholding the only notable couple of songs that you'd ever would want from this group. Typical iTunes nonsense, hopefully they stop it and put up those songs/albums or at least a greatest hits that has both up here so we can all move on.


Formed: 1981 in Champaign, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Champaign took its name from its home city of Champaign, IL. The group was an interracial septet comprising singers Pauli Carman and Rena Jones, guitarist Howard Reeder, keyboardists Michael Day and Dana Walden, bassist Michael Reed, and percussionist Rocky Maffitt. They hit a commercial peak with their 1981 debut album, How 'Bout Us, whose title track was a hit single (Top Five in the U.K. and on the U.S. R&B chart). Follow-ups included Modern...
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