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The Best of Klymaxx: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I had forgotten about Klymaxx until I heard the song "I'd Still Say Yes" on the Radio. I enjoyed the song, found out it was Klymaxx and bought this CD! The 12-inch version's of "The Men All Pause," "Meeting in the Ladies Room," "Sexy" and "I'd Still Say Yes" could more than justify the price! "I Miss You" is also a personal favorite! For once, I give this collection "5" stars! Good job, Klymaxx and MCA Records
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2004
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The Go-Go's got an awful lot press for being a true all girl band. But Klymaxx, not so much. I never knew why. Men All Pause and Meeting in the Ladies Room, burned up the clubs. Patrons went crazy. These girls be funky. Certainly not BW!. Lorena Lungs could rip the songs like no one else. Listening to her sing Sexy makes me wonder why record producers these days seek out voices like Amerie's (light and pretty,but light on emotion). Ballad or bumper, these ladies rocked, in the truest sense. Bernadette Cooper, bless her crazy self went on to produce a great album for herself and for Alisa Randolph (try to find these gems on Amazon!). I miss this group. These Divas Need Love Too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2003
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This was one of my favorite groups back in the late 80's. I'm sorry that they did not last long, but they have some great songs on this collection.
The Men all Pause, I Miss You, Good Lovin, Divas Need Love Too, and I'd Still Say Yes, sound just as good 15+ yrs later. Klymaxx was one of the best girl groups out there. I'm glad this collection is out, brings back good memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2008
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Klymaxx, the brain child of drummer Bernadette Cooper, formed in the late 70s as a group of female musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers. The group went through some lineup changes before settling on their "classic" lineup in the 80s for their albums, "Meeting In the Ladies Room," and "Klymaxx." Cooper, along with Joyce "Fenderella" Irby, Cheryl "Unruly" Cooley, Lynn Malsby, Robin "Space Baby" Gridder and Lorena "Lungs" Stewart made some of the brashest, cool and fun songs of that period.

Nobody had attitude like Klymaxx in the 80s. Their breakout song, "The Men All Pause" put all the men on notice in the club that they were the flyest and fiercest females in the joint! Bernadette Cooper also introduced her famous "Slap Me!" tag in the song. The next single and title track, "Meeting in The Ladies Room" was another fun and funky song that introduced Lorena Stewart's strong, diva voice that warned the ladies in the club that if they stepped to their men, reprecussions would be taken! But everything about Klymaxx songs weren't attitude driven. They proved they could be just as convincing on heartfelt love songs like the early Babyface penned "I'd Still Say Yes" featuring Howard Hewitt on background vocals, became a quiet storm classic, "Man Sized Love," from the "Running Scared" Soundtrack and their signature song, the Lynn Malsby penned "I Miss You" which featured Joyce Irby's tender and smooth voice, became a love letter for women and men longing for lost love and and also became an instant classic. After the success of their 1986 self-titled album, that featured hits like the outrageous "Sexy," and the appropiately titled for Klymaxx, "Divas Need Love Too," Cooper and Irby left the group to pursue solo careers with Malsby departing soon afterward. Cooley, Stewart, and Gridder soldiered on as a trio and even scored a Top 3 R&B single in 1990 with "Good Love," but brokeup shortly after that. The remaining years had Cooley reforming a new Klymaxx with new musicians and vocalists that resulted in a legal battle for years with Bernadette Cooper, who formed the original Klymaxx. The ladies reunited (without Cooley and Gridder) for the VH1 special "Bands Reunited" in 2004 and played a concert in Los Angeles that was standing room only. There's even been talk that the "classic" Klymaxx may reunite for a reunion tour and new CD.

Klymaxx laid the groundwork for strong, independent women who took charge of their lives. They were not shy about letting you know it was all about them, but they weren't so arrogant that you didn't relate to them. They wrote, produced and played their own songs. They also had that 80s fashion sense and dubbed themselves "Glam Divas!," with the crazy hair, spandex, lace, bras, makeup and heels, but they were always taken seriously as musicians. George Clinton personally requested to work with them and Prince personally invited them to open for him on his "Around the World In A Day" tour in 1985. Female artists of today owe debt of gratitude to the 'Maxx. Nobody was a "Fierce" as them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2004
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Absolutely a MUST-HAVE for anyone who loves 80's music (or just excellent pop/funk/r&b!)
These ladies are the REAL DEAL. In an industry that was controlled and dominated by men, a young lady named Bernadette Cooper pulled together an amazing group of talents including Joyce "Fenderella" Irby, Lorena "Lungs" Stewart and Lynn Malsby. These Original Divas WROTE this music, they PLAYED the instruments, and they SANG the vocals. What's more, they kicked a** at it all!!
Recently featured on an episode of VH1's "Bands Reunited", there is now renewed interest (to say the least!) in the original Klymaxx.
By the way, if you want to check out the REAL, original Klymaxx's website, go to WWW.KLYMAXX.ORG
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2004
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If you want to listen to some of the BEST from the 80's from "THE ORIGINAL DIVAS" - well, here it is! This stuff is GREAT!
By the way, you can find the REAL Klymaxx website at "WWW.KLYMAXX.ORG"
The original members of Klymaxx were also recently featured on a fantastic episode of VH1's "Bands Reunited" series.
Basically, if you're into 80's music (or just damn good pop/funk/r&b) you've GOTTA have this CD in your collection...period!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2008
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If Beyonce's all-woman band released their own album, it would be Klymaxx for the new millenium! With the exception of some songs where the drum machine was overemphasized for weak lyrics, I still say "Yes!" for Klymaxx for being the premier woman funk band. As Quincy Jones called him ("his wooley genius"), Rod Temperton wrote songs that were tailor-made for the artists who sang them, and "Man-Size Love" was it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2003
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These are some of the best, classic dance tunes of all times (not to mention Joyce "Fenderella" Irby's killer ballad, I Miss You!....what an absolute classic!) Although Klymaxx has apparently reformed in recent days, you definitely can't beat the original vocals of Bernadette Cooper & Joyce Irby. God, can you imagine what a real "reunion concert" with these ladies would be like. One can only dream!!
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on January 21, 2010
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This collection is vicious and sassy. I gave it only 4 stars because It's missing a smash, The infamous "Wild Girls". I would've preferred that over "Private Party" which is useless, forgettable and dusty, Where did they barf that up from?. How is this a "Best Of..." without "Wild Girls"? This would fiercly be a 5 star review had "Wild Girls" been sitting lovely on the tracklist.

I'm sure many people don't even recall much of these songs as hits. I remember "The Men All Paused" "Ladie's Room" "I Miss You" & "I'd Still Say Yes", Who the hell doesn't?. I have no idea what radio station they ever played any of the other tracks on. Which is normal when they release a "Best Of..." album. I guess that's what it is "The Best Of" which to most would imply that they're hits which I can plainly see isn't the case. Moving on...

These songs are back in style. The 80's have arrived once again, The decade that was like a holiday season. Very festive and full of celebration and life. A time we'll never see again, it's come and gone. Which is why collections like this one are very meaningful.

Like with every collection there's always the songs we've never heard of right? Three unfamiliar songs that took me away instantly are "Lock And Key" "Man Size Love" and "Sexy". They're like NEW to me. So, Bonus points for gathering some extra goodies.

"Lock And Key" has (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) written ALL---OVER---IT (Who could miss that?), What a FABULOUS production. This is the epitome of what hot 80's Pop music sounds like.

"Sexy" is pretty much the same formula as "Men All Paused" & "Ladie's Room". The beat is identical but slightly winded down a notch. NOT TO WORRY, You'll still be able to strut and lose control. It's still upbeat and danceable, It's just a subtle difference in pace, that's all.

"Man Size Love" unforgettable, I'm surprised this song didn't top charts. It's extremely catchy, upbeat and melodic. I love the lyrics. "Diva's Need Love Too" is a nice track also.

Overall i'm satisfied with the song choices except for "Private Party" & "Good Love". I understand they're last album was in the 90's but Klymaxx is associated heavily with the 80's, And because this is a "Best Of..." it should only feature "The Best". "Good Love" is not as bland as "Private Party" but i'm sure they could've found something else to replace one of them with. Preferably "Private Party" should go and "Wild Girls" should take it's place.
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on October 12, 2009
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Klymaxx, an all-girl 80's group never reached the heights of groups like the Pointer Sisters, EnVogue, or Destiny's Child. This was unfortunate! This talented group could not only sing; but they wrote many of their own songs and played their own accompaniments. This CD offers an overview of this talented sextet. They could rock it on fast tunes like: "Meeting in the Ladies Room". They could also sing lovely ballads like "I Miss You". Both of these are on this collection along with lesser known gems. Their failure to demonstrate significant professional growth probably led to their demise. Their later songs seemed repetitious of their earlier works. Nevertheless, this collection showcases them at their peak and well represents the music of this period.
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