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Inside Out

Cam ClarkeAudio CD
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Born and raised in los angeles, CAM CLARKE, son of actor ROBERT CLARKE ("the hideous sun demon", "the man from the planet x") and singer ALYCE KING (of THE KING SISTERS), started his career at the young age of six when he and his real-life family starred in their own music variety show on ABC called THE KING FAMILY. After first appearing on the very popular program, THE ... Read more in Amazon's Cam Clarke Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Allegro Corporation
  • ASIN: B00000J6K6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Something In The Way He Moves
2. Language Of The Heart
3. Can't Get Used To Losing You
4. Son Of A Preacher Man
5. Jesse
6. Someone Else's Star
7. If You Gotta Make a Fool Of Somebody
8. Rainy Night House
9. I Will Survive
10. His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
11. Palamino Road
12. The Water Is Wide

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Product Description

"Inside Out," Cam Clarke's debut solo recording is a unique album of classic love songs -- love songs sung from a gay perspective. Clarke's sexy and husky renditions of classic love songs by such artists as James Taylor, Carly Simon and Janis Ian, includes "Son Of A Preacherman," "Something In The Way He Moves," "Jesse," "His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin," "I Will Survive" and more.

"There are love songs in everyone's life that have special meaning. Especially those we heard when we 'came of age'," explains Clarke. "Well, when coming of age also includes the realization that you are gay, you learn to overlook the fact that every love song has a man singing about a woman (or vice versa) and your experience is from the outside looking in. I often thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could hear love songs from my perspective? So, here they are, tailored by me the singer, for you the listener. May you enjoy this man to man experience, from the Inside Out."

About the Artist

Though he may not be a household name, most people have "heard" Cam Clarke. One of the most in-demand voices in the world of voice-overs and animation,

Cam Clarke's career began as a child who spent a lot of time in both the studio and on the stage.

Born in Burbank, California in 1957 and raised Mormon by his parents, Alyce King of The King Sisters, and Robert Clarke, a star of many cult, horror films in the 1950s including "The Hideous Sun Demon," Cam himself was a part of the famous King Family, and has appeared on numerous television specials in the '60s and '70s. Cam's earliest memories in show business are of the many summers he spent in Lake Tahoe with his mother and aunts, (a.k.a. The King Sisters) who were part of the hip, "Rat Pack" era of show business. At age six, after spending many nights in the clubs with his cousins while his mom and aunts were performing, Cam found him self on stage, as well. "It wasn't something I planned on doing - it was more like I went from first grade, to second grade, to being on stage," admits Clarke.

It was a benefit The King Sisters were asked to put together for a Mormon fund-raiser that officially brought the family into the business. Adding the husbands and children to the act was initially nothing more than "a fun idea." This same show was then filmed and sold to ABC as a summer special in 1964. An instant hit, "The King Family" (which 36-member clan included Grandpa, the sisters, the husbands, and their 24 children) enjoyed success on television from 1965-1974.

"We toured during the summer months of my childhood and it was incredible," recalls Clarke. "We played State Fairs all over the country and everywhere we went, we kids took over! It was our own Camelot." However, this self-proclaimed "perfect little Church boy" would have his own share of inner turmoil to deal with. At the age of 23, after serving his two-year Mormon mission in Argentina and battling the Church's idea that his sexuality was "just a phase," Cam came to terms with his homosexuality. It was a typical night at the dinner table with his family. After dinner the conversation turned to the concept of ""unconditional love" - and an unplanned confession by Cam to his family. "What would you do if I told you I were gay?" was his comment, and within moments, his family rushed to him - not with anger and hate, but with love and support. He was one of the lucky ones. "I've heard horror stories by friends and their 'coming out" stories, but my family was fantastic. My father's words will stay with me forever - 'Son, I am so sorry - sorry that you had to go through all of this by yourself.'"

Today, Cam continues his career in the industry as a voice-over actor with such credits as the singing voice of Simba in the recent Disney video hit, "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride", Leonardo in "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series, Snoopy from "The Peanuts" and Die Fledermaus on the Comedy Central hit cartoon, "The Tick." Cam's debut solo recording, "Inside Out," a collection of classic love songs sung from a gay perspective, was released on LML Music, May 18, 1999.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time May 20, 2000
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After a lifetime of hearing traditional (ie, straight) popular love songs, how satisfying to hear some from a gay male viewpoint. It's about time. The very few previous recordings from a gay male perspective have tended towards the political, or even worse, the campy. (Although Michael Callan had some fine moments) Cam Clarke's interpretations are simple, understated, yet very sexy. "Language of the Heart" and "Someone Else's Star" stand out as two that consistently get a tap on the repeat button. Unfortunately, "I Will Survive" is such a gay cliche that even Cam can't make it work (hence 4 stars instead of 5). But yes, it's about time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this because it sounded it interesting - but it is more. It is a statement of love, passion and understanding. I was raised in the world that Cam speaks of in liner notes - those of us who are gay wanted to sing these songs - not just to "camp" it up but to truly sing an idea that transcends the darkness many of us lived. Clarke's rendition of SON OF A PREACHER MAN simply begins the journey of truth. I had it on my CD Player as I was writing an article and had to stop to get in touch with my own thoughts and recognize that Clarke took a bold step by making each song personal. Listen to "Jesse", "Palimino Road", "Rainy night house" and know we have all been there. Then I was nervous by I WILL SURVIVE - Oh God another rendition of a stereotypical song - Clarke takes us into a new idea of what it means to survive - while many of us danced Clarke must have heard things that needed to be said. And the album closes with a celebration of vocal talent, tender rendering of lyrics and re-membering those who have traveled this road of life with us - THE WATER IS WIDE is more than just another song - it is a song of companionship - tribal in how we move. Thank you Cam and everyone - get it for yourself, a friend, someone who needs support or to help our young people understand diversity means we can ALL sing these words. BRAVO!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and pleasurable March 14, 2002
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Accept first that this is an album of covers from someone who's a singer and no more. Then enjoy.
Some of the songs here are a little obscure, but you'll know most of 'em, and Cam has chosen pretty well. He hasn't gone overboard with the gender-swapping, so thankfully it doesn't seem like it was the whole point of the project. But it's there, and it's nice to hear him sing "Something in the way he moves", and others, where the object of the song is a man.
I have to say that you soon get used to that though, and happily, this remains an attractive album when you do. Cam's voice is central to this, and he's got a warm, smoky, deep voice and a nice sense of phrasing that's very masculine, and soothing at the same time.
One or two of the songs (like "Jesse") sound cloying and too sentimental, but in general there's a good mixture. If "I Will Survive" seems like it's far too corny to be on here, have a listen, because it's not the version you'll be used to. In many ways, it's my favourite track because he's had to do something entirely different with it.
Okay, it's not the greatest work of art, but there will be times when it fits the bill. Play it to your unsuspecting straight friends and watch their faces!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cam Clarke can sing!!!! June 14, 2003
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I found that I wasn't the only who loved Cam Clarke (as a voice actor) since the days of Robotech. I never knew he could sing. I always wondered about that. (Just for the record and so no one makes this mistake again: in response to anharmyenone's statement, Cam Clarke NEVER sang a song on Robotech. Michael Bradley was the singing voice of Lancer/Yellow Dancer.)
Just hearing how different his voice is from singing and acting is surprising. His songs incorporate his rich, deep tones and that soothing country flavor. Plus, it gives a surprising twist to his cover songs that you could enjoy. And some songs give "gay pride" to those who feel the norms of society prevent these kinds of songs from getting airplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T TAKE IT OUT OF MY PLAYER! April 17, 2000
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This is an excellent disc! Not only is his selection of material exceptional, but his interpretations are perfect! One only needs listen to the masculine sensuality of Cam's readings on "Jesse" or "Something In the Way He Moves" to his seemingly innocent take on "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty would be proud), then on to the controlled anger of "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor, eat your heart out) to know that this is a talented interpreter of songs. Cam Clarke covers country, folk, pop and beyond with style, talent and panache. Also, the last track, "The Water Is Wide" has one of the best acapella sections I've heard on a recording in a long time. Can you tell I like this disc? It's an A+ in my book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sexy album July 31, 2003
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I got a copy of this album on a whim. Part of me dreaded that he'd end up sounding ..... to be blunt....a little fey. Couldn't be further from the truth. His voice is rich and sexy. A country-style tone pervades and just adds to the overall effect. What started as a whim has become a regular in our cd tray. I so hope that he records again. His version of Son of a Preacher man is the sexiest that I have heard
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