Word Up!

Word Up!

by Cameo


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Many of the funk bands that were big in the 1970s had a hard time surviving in the 1980s, especially if they were horn bands. Having a killer horn section was something that a lot of 1970s funk outfits prided themselves on, and it was no fun when, in the 1980s, they were told that their horns sound dated and that urban contemporary audiences only wanted to hear synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines. But Cameo, unlike many funk bands that emerged in the late '70s, really thrived in the 1980s. Lead singer/producer Larry Blackmon insisted on changing with the times, and he did so by making Cameo more high-tech and seeing to it that albums like 1985's Single Life and 1986's Word Up! were relevant to the urban contemporary and hip-hop scenes. Nonetheless, Cameo still sounded like Cameo; Word Up!, in fact, is one of its best albums. The wildly infectious title song was a major hit, and Cameo is equally captivating on other funk treasures that include "Fast, Fierce and Funny," "Back and Forth," and "Candy." To the young urban contemporary and hip-hop fans who bought Word Up! in 1986, Cameo's funk was fresh and cutting edge; and at the same time, slightly older fans that Cameo had won over in the late '70s were still buying its records. Both commercially and creatively, Word Up! was a major triumph for Cameo.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042283026544
catalogNumber: 830265

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cameo   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Giovanni Hidalgo   Percussion
Bernard Wright   Keyboards
Wilbur Morris   Background Vocals
Larry Blackmon   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Saxophone
Patrick Buchanon   Guitar
Michael Burnett   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Duduka Da Fonseca   Percussion
Robert Funk   Trombone
Kenni Hairston   Keyboards
Tomi Jenkins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nathan Leftenant   Background Vocals
Sammy Merendino   Drums
Aaron Mills   Bass Guitar
Eric Rehl   Keyboards
Peter Scherer   Synthesizer
Charlie Singleton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Melvin Wells   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Merv DePyere   Keyboards
William "Willy Gunz" Morris   Background Vocals
Merv De Peyer   Keyboards
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Litterall   Trumpet
Kevin Kendrick   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Cameo   Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Larry Blackmon   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Matthew Casha   Engineer
Tomi Jenkins   Composer
Matthew Kasha   Engineer
Louis Levin   Direction
Sammy Merendino   Programming,drum programming
Kurt Neumann   Composer
Dave Ogrin   Engineer
Michel Sauvage   Engineer
Peter Scherer   Programming,Synclavier Programming
Eric Calvi   Engineer
Jerry Soloman   Engineer
J. Rodriguez   Engineer
David Krebs   Direction
Steve Leber   Direction
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Artie Matthews   Composer
George Morris   Composer
Sam Llanas   Composer
Kevin Kendrick   Composer

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Word Up! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To any one out there thinking about buying any of CAMEO's music, they should start with this CD. It is buy far the best album in their catalog. I'm telling you. I have heard all of CAMEO's albums from the 70's and 80's. This should be the first of the groups CD's you should buy. Not only is it their best album. It is one of the best albums of the 1980's period. "Cameosis" and "Secret Women" should be your next purchases. Just remember this is the one to get first baby.WORD UP !!!