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Inside Out
Cam Clarke
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Product Details
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lml Music
  • ASIN: B00000J6K6
  • Average Customer Review: based on 11 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: #266,704 in Music (See Top Sellers in Music)
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1. Something In The Way He Moves Listen Listen
2. Language Of The Heart Listen Listen
3. Can't Get Used To Losing You Listen Listen
4. Son Of A Preacher Man Listen Listen
5. Jesse Listen Listen
6. Someone Else's Star Listen
7. If You Gotta Make a Fool Of Somebody Listen
8. Rainy Night House Listen
9. I Will Survive Listen
10. His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin Listen
11. Palamino Road Listen
12. The Water Is Wide Listen

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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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"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."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

great sexy album, July 31, 2003
Reviewer:PK Bear "pkbear" (Methuen, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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

Cam does them better then the originals!, July 4, 2003
Reviewer: A music fan
I've been a fan of Cam longer then I can remember, so after following his voice acting career for so long it doesn't surprise me that he put out such a good CD. I honestly thought that he sung these, for the most part, better then the originals. Even though it's sung from a gay perspective, and that im not, he doesn't go over board with the gender's. I would defiantly recommend this CD, straight or gay, you defiantly wont be disappointed!

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Cam Clarke can sing!!!!, June 14, 2003
Reviewer: A music fan
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.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Relaxing and pleasurable, March 14, 2002
Reviewer:A. Butterfield (UK) - See all my reviews
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!

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

This popular cartoon voice actor can sing very well!, April 30, 2001
Reviewer:S. Baker "guru" (GOSHEN, IN United States) - See all my reviews
I've been a fan of Cam Clarke (a.k.a. Jimmy Flinders) ever since I heard his voice as Max Sterling and Lancer in the 1980s robot cartoon "Robotech". The Lancer character was a transvestite rock star (though straight) and actually sang several songs in the cartoon. (Yes, it was a groundbreaking cartoon!) He then went on to voice Leonardo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and a bunch of other cartoons and voiceovers for TV commercials. His speaking voice is great, and so is his singing voice. You can actually still get the Robotech soundtrack CD with several songs sung by him in a 1980's techno style, but his voice has improved a lot in this CD. I get a kick out of people's reactions to this CD and they wonder why I would be listening to it since I'm straight, but it's just a really great CD and I get to tell them about Robotech too. I hope he puts out more CDs.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Inside Out and all over the place and back to the HEART!, April 3, 2001
Reviewer:Robin Conroy (Chicago,IL USA) - See all my reviews
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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