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R&B - Released January 1, 1977 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Funk - Released January 1, 1974 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1985 | UNI - MOTOWN

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The Commodores made one final stab at regaining R&B glory when Lionel Richie and producer/arranger James Anthony Carmichael both left in the mid-'80s. J.D. Nicholas became their lead singer, and Dennis Lambert assumed production duties. They rebounded temporarily, when "Nightshift" leaped out of an otherwise ordinary album to become a Grammy-winning R&B and pop smash. It stayed atop the R&B charts for a month, and peaked at #3 on the pop chart. Unfortunately, it was also the end for Thomas McClary, who left the group once the album had run its course. It was their next-to-last hit, and basically the end for the band, although they continued for a couple more years. ~ Ron Wynn
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R&B - Released January 1, 1995 | Motown

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Pop - Released January 1, 2001 | Motown

There were essentially two Commodores -- the funk machine of the early '70s that kicked out such classics as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House," then the Lionel Richie-led smooth soulsters that glided to the top of the charts with such cuts as "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady." Motown's 2001 double disc collection Anthology very nearly splits those two phases in half, with the funk on the first disc and the balladeering on the second, with the important flaw of "Easy" showing up as the final number of the first disc. This is a bit of a hiccup in sequencing, but if the collection is just seen as sheer music, this satisfies, since it contains all the big hits -- both pop crossovers and R&B smashes -- along with some lesser-known sides and album tracks. For some, it may be a bit much, but for the serious fan, this is the set to get. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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R&B - Released January 1, 1975 | Motown (Capitol)

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R&B - Released January 1, 1977 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1975 | Motown (Capitol)

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The sophomore slump wasn't a problem for the Commodores. The band's first album, Machine Gun, was quite promising, but its sophomore album, Caught in the Act, is even stronger. This superb 1975 LP, which the Commodores produced and arranged with James Carmichael, is more diverse than its mostly up-tempo predecessor. There are plenty of up-tempo funk gems; anyone with a taste for hard, sweaty 1970s funk won't be disappointed by "Look What You've Done to Me," "Wide Open," or the hit "Slippery When Wet," which soared to number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart and urges unfaithful husbands to give up their adulterous ways. But Caught in the Act, unlike Machine Gun, doesn't neglect slower material; "You Don't Know That I Know" and "This Is Your Life" are first-rate soul ballads. Excellent from start to finish, Caught in the Act is among the Commodores' finest albums. ~ Alex Henderson
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Pop - Released January 1, 2006 | Universal Music Enterprises

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R&B - Released May 1, 1978 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1975 | Motown (Capitol)

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Pop - Released March 17, 1980 | Motown (Capitol)

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R&B - Released January 1, 1976 | Motown (Capitol)

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R&B - Released January 1, 1981 | Motown (Capitol)

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R&B - Released January 1, 1975 | Motown Record Company L.P.

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Pop - Released January 1, 1974 | UNI - MOTOWN

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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
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R&B - Released January 1, 1985 | Budget (MT)

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R&B - Released January 1, 1977 | Motown

The Commodores' early years were spent on the Southern funk circuit, where their energetic, catchy tunes, and keyboard-oriented funk made them both a college and a radio staple. They scored seminal hits with "Brick House" and "Slippery When Wet," although it became apparent quite early that lead vocalist Lionel Richie also had a bright future as a solo balladeer, with such tunes as "Easy" signaling his future on adult contemporary and Quiet Storm/urban contemporary radio. This collection highlights early up-tempo and ballad hits. ~ Ron Wynn
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Pop - Released January 1, 1974 | UNI - MOTOWN