Le grand public ne connaît pas ce nom. Par contre, les amateurs de funk et de soul savent très bien qui est ce guitariste. En effet, il a révolutionné la guitare rythmique de ces genres musicaux dans les années 80 et il était omniprésent, prolifique sur cette decennie.
Son travail avec les artistes “Change“, BB & Q Band, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Lillo Thomas, Paul Laurence, Fatback, Glenn Jones, Cameo et beaucoup d’autres est inestimable. Avec le bassiste Timmy Allen, ils formaient un duo de cordes incroyable. Sa façon de se placer dans un titre, son “touché”, son style rythmique étaient vite identifiables. Il suffit d’écouter le titre “Dreamer” de BB & Q band pour s’en rendre compte. Ce grand monsieur vient de nous quitter : Hommage. Voici quelques albums sur lesquels sa guitare était une vraie valeur ajoutée.
His work with “Change”, BB & Q Band, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Lillo Thomas, Paul Laurence, Fatback, Glenn Jones, Cameo and many more is unvaluable. With bassist Timmy Allen, he was an incredible duet. The way he played, his “touch”, his rythmic style were unique. You just have to listen “Dreamer” from BB & Q band to realize it. This great musician has just left for the musician paradise. Here are some albums where his contribution was incredible.
TS Monk (1981, Atlantic)*
Change “Sharing Your Love” (1982, Atlantic)***. One of the best funk band of the 80’s. Mike was part of it.
BB & Q Band (1982, Capitol)***. An other great funk band of the 80’s created by Jacques Fred Petrus. Mike was also part of it.
Fatback “With Love” (1983, Spring Records)**. This band had begun in the 70’s. They asked Mike to play on their albums because he was so…Funky!
Change “This Is Your Time” (1983, Atlantic)***
BB & Q Band “6 Million Times” (1983, Capitol)**
High Fashion “Make Up Your Mind” (1983, Capitol)**
Change “Change Of Heart” (1984, Atlantic)***. “Change” with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, just incredible! Thier best album in my opinion and again, great work from Mike “Dino” Campbell.
It Burns Me Up
Fatback “Phoenix” (1984, Cotillion)*
Change “Turn On Your Radio” (1985, Atlantic)**
Freddie Jackson “Rock Me Tonight” (1985, Capitol)***. When Freddie Jackson begun in 1986, he had success with the song “Rock Me Tonight” thanks to producer Paul Laurence and thanks to the guitar of Mike.
BB & Q Band “Genie” (1985, Cooltempo)***. Last and best BB & Q band album with Curtis hairston on vocals and Kae Williams as a producer. In my opinion, one of the best guitar line from Mike.
Freddie Jackson “Just Like The First Time” (1986, Capitol)***
Curtis Hairston “Curtis Hairston” (1986, Atlantic)***. The singer of BB & Q Band on “Genie” released his solo album a year later again with Kae williams as a producer and with the guitar of Mike.
Hold On (For Me)
Glenn Jones “Take It From Me” (1986, RCA)*
Melba Moore “A Lot Of Love” (1986, Capitol)**. Well, again a member of the “Hush” team with Mike. The Huggins brothers knew how his talent was great!
It’s Been So Long
Millie Jackson “An Imitation Of Love” (1986, Jive)*. Millie Jackson with Timmy Allen as a producer and, of course, Mike! The song “Hot Wild Unrestricted love” is just incredible. Just the “Change” style!
Aleem “Casually Formal” (1986, Atlantic)**. The sound of New-York in the early 80’s between R&B, electro and hip-hop. “Tommy Boy“, “Sugarhill”, Arthur Baker were very popular and Mike was here again!
Cashflow “Cashflow” (1986, Atlanta Artists)***. One of the best Larry Blackmon production, with Mike!
Glenn Jones “Glenn Jones” (1987, Jive)***
Jocelyn Brown “One From The Heart” (1987, Warner)**. When Jocelyn Brown asked John “Jellybean” Benitez as a producer, she didn’t forget who was the best guitar player in New-York.
Tony Terry “Forever Yours” (1987, Epic)
Chuck Stanley “The Finer Things In Life” (1987, Def Jam)***. In 1986, “Def Jam” signed three great soul artists: Tashan, Oran Jones and this artist. Once again, great contribution of Mike.
Lillo Thomas “Lillo” (1987, Capitol)***. Well! One of the best “Hush / Orpheus” artist with the “dream team” : Paul Laurence, Timmy Allen and Mike.
Stephanie Mills “If I Were Your Woman” (1987, MCA)**. Paul Laurence really enjoyed Mike. Actually, he was on each Paul production. “(You’re puttin’a) Rush On Me” is a classic of Paul sound.
Johnny Kemp “Secrets Of Flying” (1988, Columbia)**. “New jack Swing” and Mike!
Alex Bugnon “Love Season” (1988, Orpheus)***. The first album of Alex Bugnon with the New York City best musicians of the late 80’s : Poogie Bell (drums), Keith Robinson, Victor Bailey (bass), Rahni Song (keyboards) and Mike, among others.
Falling For You
Family Stand “Chain” (1989, Atlantic)*. “Ghetto Heaven” and Mike!
Victor Bailey “Bottom’s Up” (1989, Atlantic)***. Ouah! First solo album and his greatest in my opinion. Who’s on guitar?
Paul Laurence “Underexposed” (1989, Capitol)***. No comment! One of the best 80’s producer with his second and best solo album.
(She’s not an) Ordinary Girl
Glenn Jones “All For You” (1990, Zomba)**. One of the greatest singer of the 80’s with Teddy Riley as a producer and Mike, ten years after his first studio session.
(Do You Love) The One You’re With
Eric Gable “Can’t Wait To Get You Home” (1991, Orpheus)**