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Cameron [Bonus Track]

  • 1. Magic of You
    2. Funkdown
    3. Together
    4. Let's Get It Off
    5. Can't Live Without Ya
    6. Feelin's
    7. All That's Good to Me - (TRUE instrumental, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1023

  • Credits
    ProducerRandy Muller

    Personnel: Cameron (vocals); Soloman Roberts, Jr., Anibal Sierra (guitar); Randy Muller (flute, piano, percussion, background vocals); Gerald Lebon (bass); Tommy McConnell (drums); Carlos Rodriguez (congas); Sandy Billups, Larry Payton, Denise Dunning Crawford, Bonny Dunning, Delores Dunning Milligan, Denise Muller (background vocals).
    Engineers: John Bradley, Akilli Walker, Jerry Gabinelli.
    Composer: Randy Muller.
    Personnel: Anibal Sierra (guitar); Randy Muller (flute, piano, percussion); Tommy McConnell (drums); Carlos Rodrguez (congas); Sandy Billups, Larry Payton, Bonny Dunning (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: John Bradley; Randy Muller.
    Audio Remasterer: Tom Moulton.
    Recording information: Black Tape Studios; Music Farm Studios.
    Arranger: Randy Muller.
    Renewing a partnership with Brass Construction's Randy Muller that was forged when the two played in the early-'70s group Panharmonics, Rafael Cameron released his solo debut on Salsoul in 1980. Backed by an uncredited Funk Deluxe (the instrumental alias of funk band Skyy, who were also produced by Muller), Cameron unleashed an exuberant, joyful fusion of funk underpinned by disco-inflected soul. Cameron brought a vivacity to the genre that had been missing in the onslaught of sub-disco bands that had glutted the marketplace. Both "Magic of You," which gave Cameron a Top 20 hit, and "Together" are lengthy dance grooves, divided into movements that break the pace but keep the flow. "Funkdown," meanwhile, is a throwback to classic funk that would have been as at home in the early '70s as it is here. It also lets both Cameron and Funk Deluxe really strut their stuff. But despite "Funkdown"'s brilliant edge, it was the heavily disco-fied "Let's Get It Off" that became a club hit, as much for its subtle raunch as for its effortless, spangly beats. But Cameron wasn't done yet, and proved he was as easy on the downbeat as the up, rounding the whole thing out with the marvelous, tender ballad "Feelin's," which landed him a third hit. The only problem with this outstanding LP is one of timing. Cameron slid this nugget into the Top 20 as the decade was ticking over. Too late for the dying disco movement and too early for the next wave of clubbers, it would have its flash, only to be forgotten in the long run. ~ Amy Hanson

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