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Men at WorkAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B001U9BS4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive
2. Overkill
3. Settle Down My Boy
4. Upstairs In My House
5. No Sign Of Yesterday
6. It's A Mistake
7. High Wire
8. Blue For You
9. I Like To
10. No Restrictions
11. Shintaro (Non LP B-Side)
12. Till The Money Runs Out (Non LP B-Side)
13. Upstairs At My House (Live)
14. Fallin' Down (Live)(Non LP B-Side)
15. The Longest Night (Live, Previously Unreleased on CD outside of Australia)

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Cargo was the second album for Men at Work released in 1983.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for '80s fans January 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Men At Work's second album was released in the Spring of 1983 when their debut album was still in the Top Ten. And while "Business As Usual" would prove to be a hard act to follow, the success of this album was enough for them to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx.

"Cargo" yielded two huge hit singles: the creepy "Overkill" and the anti-nuclear anthem "It's A Mistake" along with the minor hit "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive". Other noteworthy tracks include "Settle Down My Boy" written and sung by Ron Strykert, "No Sign Of Yesterday", "Blue For You", and "High Wire". Unfortunately there are at least two tracks here worthy of being called filler: "Upstairs In My House" and "No Restrictions".

The bonus tracks are interesting at best. The humorous "Shintaro" and the mostly instrumental "Till The Money Runs Out" were B-sides while the last two live tracks, the reggae sounding "Fallin' Down" and "The Longest Night" haven't appeared previously on a Men At Work album until now.

Differences in songwriting & management took its effect on this album resulting in two members leaving a year later and eventually their breakup but this album proved that they could still make good music together. "Cargo" may not be quite as solid as "Business As Usual" but if you grew up in the eighties listening to MAW like I did, then I strongly suggest you add this to your collection. Because they may have been together for only a short time, but they accomplished so much in that short amount of time that they've become one of the most memorable bands of the eighties..maybe of all time.

Okay, maybe not.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD RECORD March 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I was 10, all I could think about was Men At Work. They were my first favorite band. Their first album, Business as usual(1982) was a solid piece of work but there were too many candy songs on it. Cargo only has one candy song (Dr. Heckyll and Mr.Jive)and the rest are pure pop bliss. The guitar work on this album (Ron Strykert)is brilliant. Songs like "I Like To", "Blue for You", "No Restrictions", and "No sign of Yesterday" are all sort of dark in their own poppy way. It really seemed as if Men At Work were getting much better and greater things were yet to come. I truly beleive that the drumming of Jerry Spieser was just as good as anybody ever (before or since) and Colin Hay had the voice of a superstar. I think this album really could have been and certainly should have been the launching pad to an even more focused project. The only other studio album that they did was almost 3 years later and without Spieser and Bassist John Reese (two hearts 1985). The album was terrible and almost completely void of that great Men At Work sound. I have no idea why these guys couldnt stick together but I do know it cost us some great music. Great Album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The epitome of 80's sound August 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you're younger, you will never understand the very real fear that existed in the 80's... a fear that nuclear war was inevitable, and likely to begin at any moment. Now that the Cold War is over, we are hearing about some of the things that happened (secret at the time), and it's amazing we survived this long.
Overkill and It's A Mistake are about that fear. And by hearing it in music, GOOD music, it was possible to laugh a little at the fear.
Cargo is definitely a more mature album than Business As Usual. If you liked the pop stuff, get into this more serious stuff... you'll love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked BUSINESS AS USUAL, you'll love CARGO July 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you branded men at work as one hit fools and overlooked their sophomore release CARGO, take a second look, this album rocks! It seems that CARGO sufficiently sunk the 80's band, but I think it's their strongest work. Songs like overkill, high wire, and it's a mistake play with tight rhythms, melodic hooks and soaring vocals. A recent remake of the song overkill by some indie band (colin hay actually makes a guest appearance in the final verse) reminded me of how awesome these guys were. If you're a fan of the regatta de blanc that the police pioneered, check out CARGO. You'll appreciate this album for it's lack of commercial success. When you pick up business as usual you'll be bored quickly with songs like down under and who can it be now, tracks you've heard thousands of times on your local 80s radio stations. On Cargo you'll hear songs you've never heard before that will became instant favorites. This album is definitely the jewel in Men At Work's crown. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ghosts appear and fade away March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Men at Work remasters are selling pretty fast. I saw them everywhere when they were first released, but now all the Borders and Best Buys in my area list them as unavaible, and they're also gone from both our Tower outlet and our awesome local store called Twist and Shout. I'm betting most of the people who like Men at Work got on board with them in the 80s, and while I really like them still, I get why some people think of them as forgettable. I just disagree with those people.

I actually love this album 5 stars worth, but I know it's not a 5 star album, not by a longshot. It is better than Business as Usual, though, with fewer songs that sound like pure novelty tunes. And heck, I really like Business as Usual. But Heckyll and Jive and Settle Down are typical Men at Work oddball songs, not really lyrical or universal, and High Wire and Blue for You are pretty forgettable. Still, Settle Down is decent as just music, offering a cool, kinetic pulse that Colin Hay's vocal bridges interrupt with nice modulations, and Blue for You has a quiet earnestness to it at first, though it probably took about 7 minutes to write. Ok, so that's 2 pretty bad songs and 2 pretty acceptable ones.

But the rest of the album hits a plateau and remains there. Overkill still stands as one of the great 80s radio tunes--ethereal picked guitar recorded over a nice groove of rhythm guitar and simple bass, plus that terrific guitar solo that segues into sax and then ends as a duet before Hay repeats the opening verse more intensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Remix and Remaster by Mark Wilder!
This without a question one of my favorite recordings of all-time. This version is from the original studio multi-tracks. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars great grpup
great music just as i remember it and they are such a great sounding group of musicians good music i miss the 80's
Published 11 months ago by crazyjim
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Mistake To Not Own This CD
Cargo (1983) is the worthy follow up to the enormously successful debut album, Business as Usual, released just a year earlier. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Todd7
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
They have a great way of sounds. It makes you want to be near a beach and dance all through the night at a party.
Published 12 months ago by Rita
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I was just in the mood for some Men At Work so I picked this one up. The cd arrived in excellent shape for being a used cd. Awesome!!!
Published 12 months ago by ReliaStream
5.0 out of 5 stars Cargo By Men At Work
This is the second Album from a great band that can out of Australia I have their first album called Business as Usual this was another wonderful album from the group I have not... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Denise M. Bristow
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