Commodores (album)

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Commodores
Studio album by Commodores
Released March 30, 1977
Recorded 1976-77
Genre Funk, soul
Length 38:22
Label Motown Records
Producer James Anthony Carmichael The Commodores
Commodores chronology
Hot on the Tracks
(1976)
Commodores
(1977)
Natural High
(1978)

Commodores is the self-titled fifth studio album by the Commodores, released in 1977. The album spent eight weeks at the top of the R&B/soul albums chart, the second of their albums to do so, and was their first Top 5 pop album.

There is also a previously released extended version.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The band employed a variety of musical styles for the album, highlighted by the popular sex anthem "Brick House". With Walter Orange's squeaking/growling voice on the lead, and Ronald LaPread's roundtone bassline, this track peaked on the U.S. Hot 100 at #5, and the U.S. R&B Chart at #4. As their second single, "Brick House" helped to propel the Commodores into the spotlight as a leading R&B act.[citation needed]

In contrast to "Brick House", "Easy" is a pop-soul ballad with mellow vocals by Lionel Richie with a Southern country twist.

"Zoom" is one of the Commodores' best known tunes, despite not being released as a single in the US. It reached #38 on the UK singles chart.[2] Fergie sampled "Zoom" in her song "All That I Got (The Make-Up Song)" on the album The Dutchess.

In the UK, this album was released as Zoom on Tamla Motown STML 12057.

The album was dedicated to Kathy Faye LaPread, bass guitarist Ronald LaPread's wife, who died from cancer around that time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Squeeze the Fruit" - (Walter Orange) 3:00
  2. "Funny Feelings" - (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 4:51
  3. "Heaven Knows" - (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 4:41
  4. "Zoom" - (Lionel Richie, Ronald La Pread) 6:43
  5. "Won't You Come Dance With Me" - (Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary) 3:47
  6. "Brick House" - (Shirley Hanna-King [uncredited], Lionel Richie, Milan Williams, Walter Orange, Ronald La Pread, Thomas McClary, William King) 3:27
  7. "Funky Situation" - (William King) 3:39
  8. "Patch It Up" - (Milan Williams) 3:58
  9. "Easy" - (Lionel Richie) 4:16

Extended track time release:

  1. "Squeeze The Fruit" 3:03
  2. "Funny Feelings" 5:57
  3. "Heaven Knows" 6:16
  4. "Zoom" 7:06
  5. "Won't You Come Dance With Me" 4:08
  6. "Brick House" 3:46
  7. "Funky Situation" 4:12
  8. "Patch It Up" 4:03
  9. "Easy" 4:50

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
1977 Commodores 3 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[5]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1977 "Brick House" 5 4 34
"Easy" 4 1

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