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In Search of the Rainbow [Import]

Mtume, エムトゥーメイAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • ASIN: B00005LPB9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give It On Up
2. (If You Want To)
3. You Can't Wait For Love
4. She's A Rainbow Dancer
5. We're Gonna Make It This Time
6. Dance Around My Navel
7. So You Wanna Be A Star
8. Spirit Of The Dance
9. Anticipatin'
10. Everythng Good To Me
11. Mrs. Sippi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy R&B with several above-average tracks January 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Around the time this 1980 album came out, James Mtume and his partner, Reggie Lucas, were known for their excellent production work with singers like Phyllis Hyman and Stephanie Mills. Mtume and Lucas are also skilled musicians, as demonstrated here. Mtume contributes lead vocals and background vocals and plays keyboards and percussion, while Lucas shines in his lead and rhythm guitar playing and joins in the background vocals as well. The stand-out track on this album is the disco song "So You Wanna Be A Star" (5:16), its sophisticated lyrics masterfully sung by Tawatha Agee. "Give It On Up (If You Want To)", a catchy disco song, is a nice way to start the album. It's followed by "You Can't Wait for Love", a powerful funky number which is another winner and my second-favorite here. "Dance Around My Navel" is a short, hilarious funk song, clocking in at just under 2 minutes. "We're Gonna Make It This Time" is a decent ballad. "Everything Good to Me" is a beautiful, slow "sunshine" song with violins. "Mrs. Sippi" is a repetitive but fun funk song which emphasizes the guitars. There are three songs which I found disappointing: "Anticipatin'" is an electro-funk song that's OK but not particularly memorable, and the disco songs "She's a Rainbow Dancer" and "Spirit of the Dance" don't reach the heights of the other two disco songs on the album and somehow sound dull. But overall this is a good album that more people should hear. Also featuring drummer Howard King, bassist Basil Fearrington, guitarist Ed Moore, and keyboardist Hubert Eaves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of best 80's NY album! January 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
song <So You Wanna Be A Star> is one of my best NY style tunes.
Really cool, but HOT!!
I'm proud this material is first CD issured in Japan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorfully-named band that makes rich, colorful music October 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Three years before their signature song, the controversial yet impossible-not-to-like "Juicy Fruit", Mtume released this funky disco album that has few, if any, poor moments. The underrated track "So You Wanna Be A Star" should be a must for old-school dance parties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Funk from the "Juicy Fruit" Guy April 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mtume is best known for his early '80s classic "Juicy Fruit" (one of the coolest tracks that I love), which sort of characterizes the R&B scene from that era --- the funky soul reinvented with sophisticated synth sounds. The stuff in this album is a tad before that "digital era." You hear it when the horns and strings are still alive and well. So if you are in search of Juicy Fruity sounds of '80s, I think you would be dissapointed by this. If you are into dance-funk with a slight jazz flavor, you'll find a bunch of quality tracks here.
Some of those Japanese (or even European) imports are true gems; the Japanese really love black music. Their CDs are very unreasonably priced, though. Too bad Americans don't seem to appreciate the brilliance of their own people.
The stand-out tracks for me are: "Spirit Of The Dance," "Anticipatin'," "Mrs. Sippi," "You Can't Wait For Love," and "So You Wanna Be A Star."
I recommend this album if you are exploring funk coming from jazz or soul backgrounds.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mtume October 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
what can i say about this cd it's a classic mtume/lucas had to be one of the best producing teams ever just listen to the music and the arrangements you don't hear it like this anymore. the stand out songs are 1 give it on up and 6. so you wanna be a star, if you purchase this one you will not be dissapointed.
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