Caught in the Act (Commodores album)

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Caught in the Act
Studio album by Commodores
Released February 1975
Recorded 1974 at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Funk
Length 37:55
Label Motown
Producer Commodores, James Anthony Carmichael
Commodores chronology
Machine Gun
(1974)Machine Gun1974
Caught in the Act
Movin' On
(1975)Movin' On1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Caught in the Act is the second studio album by Commodores, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). Stylistically, this is a funk/R&B album and differs from the softer pop sound for which the group became known on later releases.[citation needed]

Caught in the Act included the hit "Slippery When Wet", which has been called a "prototype" of Wild Cherry's hit "Play That Funky Music" (1976).[citation needed] Other notable funk tracks include "Better Never Than Forever" and "Look What You've Done to Me". "I'm Ready" is a punchy instrumental dance number with a prominent clavinet line, in the same vein as their earlier hit, "Machine Gun".

The third track of this album, "The Bump", is an edited version of the fourth track in their preceding hit album, Machine Gun.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Wide Open" (Walter "Clyde" Orange) – 3:32
  2. "Slippery When Wet" (Thomas McClary) – 3:20
  3. "The Bump" (Milan Williams) – 2:53
  4. "I'm Ready" (Williams) – 3:24
  5. "This Is Your Life" (Lionel Richie) – 5:53

Side Two

  1. "Let's Do It Right" (Richie) – 3:45
  2. "Better Never Than Forever" (Williams) – 3:50
  3. "Look What You've Done To Me" (Ronald LaPread) – 3:56
  4. "You Don't Know That I Know" (LaPread, Richie, Orange, McClary, Williams, William King) – 6:33
  5. "Wide Open (Reprise)" (Orange) – 1:00



Year Chart positions[2]
1975 26 7


Year Single Chart positions[3]
1975 "Slippery When Wet" 19 1
"This Is Your Life" 13


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  2. ^ "The Commodores US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  3. ^ "The Commodores US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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