Oct 15, 2016

RhoDeo 1641 Grooves

Hello,  so the Walloon part of Belgium is blocking CETA and those nitwit journo's are crying foul in concert with industrialists. The extremely nefarious European commision is up in arms as they see their underhand plan to force the EU into submission and accept TTIP, as any US company with a shed in Canada can have everything they want from CETA and thus there's no longer a reason to oppose TTIP and that's the reason this trojan horse was created in the first place. The deal only serves to interest the elite and wealthy whilst putting job security and social welfare for others at risk.
The EU is lead by mentally challenged alpha's (no clue when it comes to figures), idiots like socalled socialist leaders like french president Hollande who's despised by 70% of the french and fat bully Sigmar Gabriel the German vice cancellor, ignore the calls of the people and continue the sell out of Europe's wealth and health and turn us all into multinational serves....

Today's artists are an American soul-influenced funk group that formed in the early 1970s. They were initially a 14-member group known as the New York City Players; this name was later changed as it was too confusing to the average American fan as Ohio is so close to New York City (apparently-no it isn't, but then idiots are us-infact it was their label that told them to change their name) anyway a lawsuit from Ohio Players forced them to play under a different name, god knows who came up with the silly one they came up with (Larry Blackmon). I guess this name change cost them serious money in global appeal, as for those Ohio players most didn't make it into this century and the last one died this year. Karma is a bitch as they say .. ..... N'joy

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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 themselves upon younger generations of R&B and hip-hop acts. By the time the group's popularity started to fizzle in the late '80s, a series of R&B chart hits -- ranging from greasy funk workouts to synthesized funk swingers to dripping ballads -- was left in their wake. Further separating Cameo from their forebears, they didn't have a diaper-clad guitarist. Instead, they had a codpiece-wearing lead vocalist.

Cardiac Arrest That vocalist was Larry Blackmon. In 1974, the ex-Juilliard student and New York City club-goer instigated a funk band with a membership of 13 called the New York City Players. Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins, and Nathan Leftenant formed the group's nucleus. The Casablanca label signed the group to their Chocolate City offshoot, and shortly after that, the group changed its name to Cameo. Their excellent debut album, 1977's Cardiac Arrest, was highlighted by four singles. Three of those hit the Billboard R&B chart: "Rigor Mortis" (number 33), "Funk Funk" (number 20), and "Post Mortem" (number 70). Although the group was clearly inspired by elder funk groups like Parliament, Funkadelic, and the Ohio Players, Cardiac Arrest made Cameo's case for belonging in the same division an open-and-shut one.

In an attempt to keep the ball rolling, 1978 saw the release of Cameo's second and third albums. Neither We All Know Who We Are nor Ugly Ego were as solid as the debut, but the group's singular characteristics were becoming increasingly evident. The winding, horn-punctuated "It's Serious" (from We All Know Who We Are) narrowly missed the Top 20 of the R&B chart, while "Insane" (from Ugly Ego) dipped just inside it, peaking at number 17. The best halves of these two albums would've made a fine sophomore LP.

1979's Secret Omen, featuring a disco-fied re-visiting of Cardiac Arrest's "Find My Way" and the magnificently funky and slightly loony "I Just Want to Be" (a number-three R&B chart hit), was stacked with fine album cuts and brought Cameo back as a group that excelled in the LP format. "Sparkle" was one of their best ballads, a sinewy number that hit the Top Ten. Five albums released between 1980 and 1983 (Cameosis, Feel Me, Knights of the Sound Table, Alligator Woman, Style) brought about a slight dip in quality on the album front. Despite an abundance of filler on each record, none of those albums were strict disappointments, delivering hot Top 20 R&B singles like "Shake Your Pants," "We're Goin' Out Tonight," "Keep It Hot," "Freaky Dancin'" "Just Be Yourself," "Flirt," and "Style."

She's Strange One of the most significant ripples in Cameo's time line came during that period, in 1982, when they packed up and set up shop in Atlanta. Pared down to a quintet and located in a less hectic city, the group became bigger fish in a smaller pond. Blackmon even started his own label, Atlanta Artist. The label's first LP, Style, also marked a significant shift in sound, with synthesizers taking on a pronounced role. Paydirt was struck with 1984's She's Strange; the title cut, a late-night slithery smolder, topped the R&B chart and eclipsed the Top 50 of the pop chart, kicking off a remarkable three-album run that made Cameo one of the most popular groups of the '80s. Single Life and Word Up!, released respectively in 1985 and 1986, continued the hot streak. The singles from those two albums -- "Attack Me With Your Love," "Single Life," "Word Up," "Candy," and "Back and Forth" -- held down the Top Five plateau of the R&B chart. "Word Up" even went to number six on the pop chart, giving them their biggest bite of the mainstream. The song was everywhere.

What goes up must come down, and that's exactly what happened to Cameo. Despite the fact that two more singles -- "Skin I'm In" and "I Want It Now" -- scaled up to number five on the R&B chart, neither Machismo nor Real Men Wear Black performed well as albums. After 1991's Emotional Violence, the group's profile was lowered significantly, but they did tour sporadically to the delight of hardcore fans as well as plenty of misguided people who thought Cameo was all about "Word Up" and nothing more. Notably, Blackmon spent a few years of the '90s at Warner Bros., as the vice president of A&R.

Cameo's presence continued to be felt throughout the early 2000s, not only through extensive sample use and less tangible influences upon younger artists and producers. Several retrospectives have kept the group's music alive: Casablanca's 1993 compilation The Best of Cameo is an excellent point of entry. Mercury's 12" Collection & More, released in 1999, covers the group's best dancefloor moments. 2002's spectacular Anthology, a double-disc set also released by Mercury, covers a lot of ground and does the group justice as a total package.

Tomi Jenkins, who released his self-produced album The Way in 2005, is writing and recording his follow-up EP. He is also the music supervisor/producer on the film Icemosis, the story of a 1970s fictional funk band. The film is in music production and they hope to have the film released in 2013. He is also the author of a murder mystery entitled "Crime, Love and Honor" which he is autographing and selling at concerts.
Aaron Mills continues to tour with Cameo as well as other artists. He has worked with Andre 3000 and Big Boi to record a bassline for "Ms. Jackson".

Ex-Cameo vocalist John Kellogg became an entertainment lawyer representing such hit artists as the O'Jays, the late Gerald Levert and LSG. He also pursued a career in music industry higher education, becoming Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management department at one of the world's leading institutions of contemporary music, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Larry Blackmon & Tomi Jenkins recorded the next Cameo album with a tentative release scheduled for late fall 2012 or early 2013. Still no news about that one.

Gregory B. Johnson has released 2 album's on his own label, Allspice Record Co. "A New Hip" (smooth Jazz) in 2007. "Funk Funk (Just For A Little Time)" in 2012 (urban funk). In 2015, Cameo announced a new residency show at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, opening March 2016.

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In 1977, one of funk's most promising debuts came from Cameo, whose first album, Cardiac Arrest, made it crystal clear that Larry Blackmon's outfit was a force to be reckoned with. If you were into hard, tough funk in 1977, it was impossible not to be excited by Cameo's debut. This excellent LP contains a romantic soul ballad ("Stay By My Side") as well as the original version of "Find My Way," which is the sort of smooth yet funky disco-soul that groups like the Trammps and Double Exposure were known for in the late '70s. But for the most part, this is an album of aggressive, unapologetically gritty funk. On classics like "Rigor Mortis," "Funk, Funk," and "Post Mortem," one can pinpoint Cameo's influences -- namely, Parliament/Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, and the Bar-Kays. But at the same time, these gems demonstrate that even in 1977, Cameo had a recognizable sound of its own. And ultimately, Cameo would become quite influential itself. For funk lovers, Cardiac Arrest is essential listening. Period.

Cameo - Cardiac Arrest    (flac  229mb)

01 Still Feels Good 4:14
02 Post Mortem 4:17
03 Smile 3:48
04 Funk Funk 4:44
05 Find My Way 3:23
05 Rigor Mortis 5:18
06 Good Times 4:59
07 Stay By My Side 4:23

Cameo - Cardiac Arrest  (ogg   88mb)

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Cameo's second album, We All Know Who We Are, which saw Cameo becoming increasingly successful.
This got into the top 60 on the mainstream chart and number 15 on the R&B countdown. The single It’s Serious not only gave the band a Top 20 R&B hit but also got onto the all important dance chart, hitting number 21. With songs like C on The Funk , Cameo were really finding their range and establishing a unique niche.

Cameo - We All Know Who We Are   (flac  230mb)

01 Inflation 4:45
02 C On The Funk 4:20
03 Why Have I Lost You 4:41
04 Stand Up 3:29
05 We All Know Who We Are 5:53
06 It's Serious 7:58
07 It's Over 4:12

Cameo - We All Know Who We Are  (ogg  89mb)

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As Cameo rode both the critical and commercial success resulting from their debut, Cardiac Arrest, Chocolate City took the group straight from the road and right into the studio to record its follow-up. Because of this, the overall quality of Ugly Ego suffers mildly. It's uneven at points, but this easily could be attributed to erratic song sequencing, something that thankfully can be rectified in the digital age by the custom programming button. The band was developing its definitive sound at this point -- the sound later heard on Secret Omen that would usher Cameo from being just another funk band to funk overlords. The uptempo "Insane" would later go on to be a fan favorite, and the slower moments found on "Give Love a Chance," "Friend to Me," and "Two of Us" prove that Cameo were more than just a good-time party band, but serious soulful balladeers when the time was appropriate.

Cameo - Ugly Ego   (flac 221mb)

01 I'll Be With You 4:21
02 Insane 5:01
03 Give Love A Chance 4:50
04 I Want You 4:07
05 Ugly Ego 4:53
06 Anything You Wanna Do 3:32
07 Friend To Me 5:12
08 Two Of Us 4:31

Cameo - Ugly Ego (ogg  91mb)

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Cameo never recorded a bad album, but it did record some uneven ones. One such LP was 1978's Ugly Ego, which was generally decent but fell short of the excellence of Cameo's superb debut album, Cardiac Arrest. But if Ugly Ego led some people to believe that Cameo might be slipping, the band's fourth album, Secret Omen, put that idea to rest. Released in 1979, Secret Omen is among Cameo's most essential releases. Everything on this album is a winner; anyone who appreciates sweaty, gutsy, horn-powered funk would have a hard time not loving "I Just Want to Be" (a major hit) and equally gritty gems like "New York," "Macho," and "The Rock." Meanwhile, a remake of "Find My Way" (previously heard on 1977's Cardiac Arrest) is even more disco-minded than the original version. Disco was never Cameo's specialty, but because disco was so huge in 1979, it made sense to revisit "Find My Way." And although "Find My Way" is atypical of Cameo on the whole, it's still a great song. Equally impressive is the hit soul ballad "Sparkle"; even though Larry Blackmon and friends are best known for up-tempo songs, they recorded their share of memorable ballads in the 1970s and 1980s. Secret Omen is recommended to anyone with even a casual interest in late-'70s funk.

Cameo - Secret Omen   (flac 227mb)

01 Energy 4:23
02 I Just Want To Be 5:18
03Find My Way 9:04
04 Macho 5:03
05 The Rock 3:55
06 Sparkle 4:51
07 New York 5:02

Cameo - Secret Omen (ogg  89mb)

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Anonymous said...

hi rho, bigfile seems to be down (or perhaps 'broken', the countdown hangs and you can't start the download). i've tried different browsers (firefox, chrome, opera...) and the results are all the same. could please upload 'secret omen' to a different cyberlocker ? thank you very much. temp.

VanceMan said...

I'm having the same issue with bigfile.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Big thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cameo re-ups would be greatly appreciated please