Commodores, Commodores (1977)
Not their debut, in fact it arrives right smack bang in the middle of their meteoric chart run as commercial radio funk kings of the 1970s. Oh how I love the Commodores – and this, their
fifth studio album has some of their mega-hits (Brick House), best ballads (Easy) and maybe their very best song that isn’t Sail On – that would be Zoom! I have other Commodores albums. I love the Commodores – I even love (or at least ‘like’) them when Lionel Richie moved on and started off his solo run. I love Lionel – but you lot know that. When I was a kid my dad was into the Commodores and I couldn’t really tell where Lionel’s solo stuff started and the Commodores ended – even though now it’s far more obvious. Just great songwriting though and great performances. This album is a great showcase for all that the Commodores could offer. The songs mentioned above – of course. But also there’s bits and pieces of funk and disco, pop and of course the country music Lionel folded in on the funk and balladry. Amazing band. I love them. I was happy to find this album – just recently – at a bargain-bin price. It plays well too. No real scratches and scuffs.
Sample Track: Squeeze The Fruit
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