Cameosis

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Cameosis
Cameo-cameosis.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 24, 1980
Recorded1979–1980
H&L Studios
(Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)
GenreSoul, funk
Length33:32
LabelChocolate City Records
ProducerLarry Blackmon
Cameo chronology
Secret Omen
(1979)
Cameosis
(1980)
Feel Me
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide: The '80sC[2]

Cameosis is the fifth album by the funk/soul band Cameo, released in 1980. It is generally regarded by fans as the band's best album overall.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Cameosis reached number one on the R&B album charts and number twenty five on the Billboard 200 album charts. It was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the US. The two singles, "We're Goin' Out Tonight" and "Shake Your Pants", charted on the R&B singles charts at number 11 and 8 respectively. However, "Shake Your Pants" received considerable radio play as an album track, and was already a bonafide hit prior to being released as a single. The album's closing track, "Why Have I Lost You", was a new version of the same song that had been released on the band's second album. This re-recorded rendition also received considerable airplay, and has remained a staple of the late night "quiet storm" format at urban adult contemporary radio.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Cameosis – (Larry Blackmon, Aaron Mills) 4:09
  2. Shake Your Pants – (Larry Blackmon) 6:21
  3. Please You – (Larry Blackmon, Gregory Johnson) 4:15
  4. We're Goin' Out Tonight – (Larry Blackmon, Nathan Leftenant, Tomi Jenkins) 4:40
  5. I Care for You – (Larry Blackmon, Anthony Lockett) 4:34
  6. On the One – (Larry Blackmon, Anthony Lockett, Tomi Jenkins) 4:59
  7. Why Have I Lost You – (Larry Blackmon) 4:34

Personnel[edit]

Cameo[edit]

  • Larry Blackmon - lead vocals, drums, percussion
  • Gregory Johnson - keyboards, Fender Rhodes, vocals
  • Aaron Mills - bass guitar, vocals
  • Thomas 'T.C.' Campbell - piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog synthesizer
  • Anthony Lockett - guitar, vocals
  • Arnett Leftenant - saxophone, vocals
  • Nathan Leftenant - trumpet, vocals
  • Jeryl Bright - trombone
  • Tomi Jenkins, Wayne Cooper - vocals

Others[edit]

  • Arthur Young - trumpet
  • Angel Allende - congas

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
1980 Cameosis 25 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1980 "We're Goin' Out Tonight" 11
"Shake Your Pants" 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Cameo". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 067973015X.
  3. ^ "Cameo US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Cameo US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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