Knights of the Sound Table

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Knights of the Sound Table
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Studio album by Cameo
Released May 18, 1981
Recorded 1980–1981
H&L Studios
(Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)
Power Station
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 33:31
Label Chocolate City Records
Producer Larry Blackmon
Cameo chronology
Feel Me
(1980)
Knights of the Sound Table
(1981)
Alligator Woman
(1982)

Knights of the Sound Table is the seventh album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1981. It debuted at numbers 2 and 44 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively and spawned two singles: "Freaky Dancin'" and "I Like It".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Amy Hanson of AllMusic called it "a transitional album", commending the trademark funk tracks ("Knights by Nights", "Freaky Dancin'") associated with the band but found fault in filler ballads like "I'll Always Stay" and I Never Knew, and found the disco trappings of "The Sound Table" to be "too long after the genre left the dancefloor." Hanson concluded that "Despite such serious wobbles, though, the set is cohesive enough to forgive its failings, the sound of a band keeping their past alive while stretching their wings to the future."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Knights by Nights" Larry Blackmon, Aaron Mills, Thomas 'T.C.' Campbell 3:31
2. "Freaky Dancin'" Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins 5:23
3. "I Never Knew" Blackmon, Anthony Lockett 4:40
4. "Use It or Lose It" Blackmon 4:11
5. "The Sound Table" Blackmon, Lockett, Mills 3:41
6. "Don't Be So Cool" Blackmon, Mills 4:14
7. "I'll Always Stay" Blackmon, Lockett 3:54
8. "I Like It" Blackmon, Lockett, Campbell 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Larry Blackmon - lead vocals, drums, percussion
  • Gregory Johnson - Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, vocals
  • Aaron Mills - bass guitar, vocals
  • Thomas 'T.C.' Campbell - keyboards
  • Anthony Lockett - guitar, vocals
  • Arnett Leftenant - saxophone, vocals
  • Nathan Leftenant - trumpet, vocals
  • David Weber - trumpet
  • Jeryl Bright - trombone, vocals
  • Clifford Adams - trombone
  • Jose Rossy - percussion
  • Tomi Jenkins, Steve Moore, Charlie Singleton - vocals
  • Nona Hendryx - backing vocals

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[2]
US US
R&B
1981 Knights of the Sound Table 44 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1981 "Freaky Dancin'" 3 45
"I Like It" 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hanson, Amy. "Knights of the Sound Table - Cameo". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cameo US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cameo US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

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