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Two CD set. The Biggest Hits from the Commodores which was one of the biggest band of the 70's features iconic ballads from 'Just To Be Close To You' to 'Still' and dance floor smashes from 'Brick House' to 'Too Hot Ta Trot.' Also includes their rare, early hits and later hits without Lionel Richie, plus classic album cuts 33 cuts plus more tracks than the previously available Anthology.
All tracks are digitally remastered.
This is part of the Motown Master series.
THE ANTHOLOGY SERIES contains a 20-page booklet with liner notes and rare photos.
Personnel: Darrell Jones (vocals, guitar, drums); Thomas McClary (vocals, guitar); Lionel Richie (vocals, saxophone, piano); David Cochrane (vocals, saxophone, keyboards); Harold Hudson (vocals, trumpet, keyboards); Walter Orange (vocals, drums, percussion); Ronald LaPread, J.D. Nicholas (vocals).
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Arrangers: Clayton Ivey; Peter Wolfe; Terry Woodford; Commodores.
From 1974 through 1988, the Commodores placed 29 singles on the R&B chart, only a handful of which are not included on this two-disc set, part of Universal's extensive and reliable Gold series. The missing cuts -- the most notable one being "Why You Wanna Try Me," the group's final single featuring Lionel Richie as the lead vocalist -- are by no means deal breakers, especially if you're looking for a thorough overview of the group's mid- to late-'70s hits. The missing charting singles were all released during the '80s. So, all the big songs are here, from "Machine Gun" to "Nightshift," and a handful of exceptional album cuts (like "Gimme My Mule" and "Cebu," but unfortunately not Hot on the Tracks' "Girl, I Think the World About You") are featured as well. ~ Andy Kellman
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