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Sly Fox - 1985 Let's Go All The Way

ALBUM: Let's Go All The Way
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12367
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Michael Camacho - vocals * Gary 'Mudbone' Cooper - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let's Go All The Way * 02 Don't Play With Fire * 03 I Still Remember * 04 Won't Let You Go (A Wedding Song) * 05 Como Tu Te Liama? (What Is Your Name) * 06 Stay True * 07 If Push Comes To A Shove * 08 Merry-Go-Round

Some of you might remember the 1986 hit single from this duo called 'Let's Go All The Way'. Styled in a similar vein to Prince, and other black dance acts of the era (Cameo etc), Sly Fox were pigeon-holed in the dance-pop come new wave category, but their sharp hi-tech approach also drew interest from those with melodic preferences too. The brain child of New York DJ Ted Currier, Sly Fox were the vocal pair of former Parliament member Gary 'Mudbone' Cooper and L.A Puerto Rican Michael Camacho. Signed to Capitol, the album, released in late 1985, didn't do a great deal. Actually, it was pretty much panned by every critic this side of the black stump, but that single did excellent business on the charts. It was a crossover track, which touched all the different radio formats of the day.

The Songs
That song leads off. Big, spacious, thumping, it's no wonder it did well on radio. The next track 'Don't Play With Fire' is tailor made for us AORsters. A fantastic pop rocker, it has Go West as a reference point (believe it or not), and the guitar solo is fairly stinging! The bass synths are a feature on 'I Still Remember', very much a sequenced song, but has the element of 'cool' running through it. The change-up moment is the piano ballad 'Won't Let You Go', a tender piece which didn't do a lot for me. Unlike 'Como Tu Te Llama', which is as hi-tech and funky as you can get. Sort of like early 80's Mothers Finest but without the heavy guitars. 'Stay True' keeps things in hi-tech territory, while the final two tracks 'If Push Comes To A Shove' and 'Merry Go Round' don't quite finish off the album as I would've hoped.

In Summary
Having heard the entire album, yes there is a bit of space quality wise, but if you like acts like the aforementioned Prince, Mothers Finest and Go West, then this might be worth an investigation. It's never been released on CD, so don't bother looking for it. Put it this way, I quite like it, and because of that it gets a review here at GDM.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 24 2014 04:23:18
Sly Fox - 1985/86 - Let's Go All The Way

#2 | AOR Lee on April 29 2014 06:17:15
Let's Go All The Way was massive here in South Africa. Strange they didn't seem to release a follow up single. The album didn't break any sales records, just ticked over
#3 | super80boy on May 04 2014 15:59:55
Right when I threw it on the turntable I was like 'I remember that song'...I guess you can chalk this up to a one hit wonder group, but there are a couple of other decent moments here upon further investigation.
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