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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMXQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Green Light
2. Juicy Fruit
3. Hips
4. Would You Like to (Fool Around)
5. Your Love's Too Good (To Spread Around)
6. Hip Dip Skippedabeat
7. Ready for Your Love
8. The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit, Pt. 2) [Instrumental]

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Love that song with all my heart.
Mecca Egypt
This album WAS and still IS a classic three decades later!
Starr
This album is a must have for your music collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob Pickett, KISS-FM NYC/Producer on December 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD launched Mtume (James Mtume) and his band to the forefront of the R&B genre in the 80s. The title song, Juicy Fruit, went #1 for a couple of weeks on the R&B chart and crossed over for a short time as well onto the POP chart. The hitmaking ways of Mtume are quite understandable once you realize that this is the same Mtume who wrote all the hits for Stephanie Mills in her early years, Phyllis Hyman (You Know How To Love Me), Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (Closer I Get To You and Back Together Again). Mtume comes from a great jazz tradition -- he is part of the renown Heath family of jazz musicians, Tooty Heath, Percy Heath (MJQ) and Jimmy Heath. You need to checkout a couple of CDs before Juicy Fruit and the follow-up hit CD, You, Me and He and Theatre Of The Mind. Fantastic music from a great musician, songwriter and thinker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ohmysohopeless on April 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think "Juicy Fruit" so dominates over the rest of the album that many people would be dissapointed if they expect songs of similar flavor; I know I was one of them. While "Juicy Fruit" is very chic, shophisticated track, the rest of the cuts are very funky all the way. Now that I have developed an appreciation for funk music, however, the rest of tracks became also very listenable to me. There are a bunch of above-average electronic funk of early-'80s in this album.
Having said that, nothing really comes close to "Juicy Fruit," not because the rest sucks but because "Juicy Fruit" is one of those special songs that can totally convey the color and flavor of the musical style in the specific period in time.
If you are not interested in electronic funk of early-'80s, pass up this album; "Juicy Fruit" can be heard elsewhere in compilation albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Starr on October 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard "Juicy Fruit" on the radio. It was so different and fresh; like nothing that was out there at that time. It's no wonder it rocketed to the top of the R&B chart in 1983. It was also very unusual for a Funk band to preview a new album with a ballad back then, but it worked; it had appeal and people both on and off the dancefloor could relate to it. I saw Mtume live a year later in Boston. Everyone was waving packs of Juicy Fruit gum at the band from the audience!

Other than the first smash single and the song that would feature an opening Hip Hop beat that would be sampled countless times by DROVES of other artists in the R&B/Hip Hop communities, there's a lot to like here. Mtume, which is fronted by a soul sista by the name of Tawatha Agee and by James Mtume himself (the mastermind behind the songs and great production) takes the listener on an audio journey of both uptempo and midtempo Funk songs from the Old School era of Soul music (the 80's.)

The best cuts are "Green Light," "Hips," and "Your Love's Too Good to Spread Around" as well as the title cut and "Would You Like to Fool Around." The silly/funny, "Hipdipskippedabeat" is unforgettable by the fact that it's a Rap song that tells a story about a brotha who's just too hip to be cool. This album WAS and still IS a classic three decades later!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mykel Marion on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is another jem that every funk lover (Like Me) should have. All the songs on this album are good dance music. If you love funk from the 80's you'll love this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Preston on September 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
James Mtume's group Mtume made a solid album in Juicy Fruit! Even in the same year that Michael Jackson dominated the music charts, this album exploded and had some funky songs too! One of my favorites on this album is Ready for Your Love. Sexy, funky, percolating groove, with Tawatha Agee sounding so soulful on this song. Mary J. Blige needs to do a remake of this song soon. Hip Dip Skipped A Beat is just as hot and Would You Like to Fool Around as well as Green Light are also funky. I don't think that the next two albums they did, could match this one--this was their funkiest album! Still one of the classic '80s albums--and it's finally on CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soulchild'sA'Comin' on March 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When "Juicy Fruit" blew airways in the spring of 1983, it blew everyones minds with the candy coated lyrics topped off with the sensual funky beat. The song was soo taboo that a few of the lyrics were replaced in the music video, but most radio stations kept the lyrics: "I'll be your lollipop, you can lick me everywhere." Who also knew that it would be one of the most sampled songs in the history of Hip-hop music (Biggie Smalls was the first to sample it 11 years later and it was the best sample). Thats why when the Juicy Fruit album was released, many listeners just bought the single, but there were some great followup radio friendly album tracks like "Hips" and "Ready For Your Love" plus the sexual funked-up single, "Would You Like To Fool Around" which is my favorite cut from the album besides the title track. Since I was born in the fall of 1983, I was only familar with "Juicy Fruit" from listening to Kiss FM and older cousins' albums, but never really knew the name of the group until Biggie Smalls sampled it for his #1 hit, "Juicy." Then as I got older, I found out that the group had other great hit singles like "You, Me, & He" of which was a big hit for the band in 1984. I know that my dad use to tape many videos from New York Hot Tracks back in the early to mid 1980s, but unfotunatley he never taped the "Juicy Fruit" video and I never saw it until 2001 on BET on a program called Black In The Day (use to come on every Wednesday night). For 1983, the video was like a wonderland and it was simple and full of colored smoke, jerri curls, braids, lights, fruit, champagne, fruit, and a gorgeous lady dazzling to the beat with a red suited cigar (not "blunt") smoking pop locker. The album itself is a "go getter" and a playlist(s) favorite for a 80s R&B fan.
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