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Machine Gun

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Before the Commodores started having major adult contemporary hits like "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," and "Still," they were happy to be a full-time funk/soul band. The Southerners became increasingly pop-minded in the late '70s, but when their debut album, Machine Gun, came out in 1974, their music was unapologetically gritty. This was, without question, a very promising debut -- Lionel Richie and his allies really hit the ground running on sweaty funk items like "Young Girls Are My Weakness," "The Bump," "Gonna Blow Your Mind," and the single "I Feel Sanctified." These songs aren't funk-pop or sophisticated funk -- they're hardcore funk. What you won't find on Machine Gun are a lot of sentimental love ballads. In the late '70s, the Commodores became as famous for their ballads as they were for their funk and dance material, but believe it or not, there are no ballads to be found on this consistently funky, mostly up-tempo debut. As much as this LP has going for it, Machine Gun isn't the Commodores' best or most essential album. Machine Gun is rewarding, but their subsequent albums Caught in the Act (1975), Movin' On (1975), and Hot on the Tracks (1976) are even stronger.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Machine Gun
The Commodores
00:02:40

Ronald LaPread, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Orange, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas McClary, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Milan Williams, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Clark, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William King, Percussion, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Young Girls Are My Weakness
James Anthony Carmichael
00:03:01

Ronald LaPread, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Commodores, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William King, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I Feel Sanctified
The Commodores
00:03:46

Ronald LaPread, ComposerLyricist - Thomas McClary, ComposerLyricist - Milan Williams, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer, MainArtist - Jeffrey Bowen, ComposerLyricist - Walter Lee Orange, ComposerLyricist - William Roderick Miller, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
The Bump
The Commodores
00:04:09

Milan Williams, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Rapid Fire
The Commodores
00:03:03

Milan Williams, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
The Assembly Line
The Commodores
00:05:10

Pamela Sawyer, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Commodores, MainArtist - Gloria Jones, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Zoo (The Human Zoo) (Single Version)
The Commodores
00:03:06

Ronald LaPread, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pamela Sawyer, ComposerLyricist - Pam Sawyer, Producer - Thomas McClary, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Ingram, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lionel Richie, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Commodores, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gloria Jones, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Gonna Blow Your Mind
The Commodores
00:05:41

Thomas McClary, ComposerLyricist - Milan Williams, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer, MainArtist - Walter Lee Orange, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
There's A Song In My Heart
The Commodores
00:02:42

Clayton Ivey, Producer - Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - Commodores, MainArtist - Terry Woodford, Producer

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Superman
The Commodores
00:02:38

Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Before the Commodores started having major adult contemporary hits like "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," and "Still," they were happy to be a full-time funk/soul band. The Southerners became increasingly pop-minded in the late '70s, but when their debut album, Machine Gun, came out in 1974, their music was unapologetically gritty. This was, without question, a very promising debut -- Lionel Richie and his allies really hit the ground running on sweaty funk items like "Young Girls Are My Weakness," "The Bump," "Gonna Blow Your Mind," and the single "I Feel Sanctified." These songs aren't funk-pop or sophisticated funk -- they're hardcore funk. What you won't find on Machine Gun are a lot of sentimental love ballads. In the late '70s, the Commodores became as famous for their ballads as they were for their funk and dance material, but believe it or not, there are no ballads to be found on this consistently funky, mostly up-tempo debut. As much as this LP has going for it, Machine Gun isn't the Commodores' best or most essential album. Machine Gun is rewarding, but their subsequent albums Caught in the Act (1975), Movin' On (1975), and Hot on the Tracks (1976) are even stronger.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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