Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1983 (2015)
12 Albums | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 472:20 minutes | ~ 20,2 GB
12 Albums | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 472:20 minutes | ~ 11,43 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

One of the most talented and successful R&B groups of the '70s featured future solo star Lionel Richie. This Collection includes the HD albums: Machine Gun (1974), Caught In The Act (1975), Movin' On (1975), Hot On The Tracks (1976), Commodores (1977), Natural High (1978), Midnight Magic (1979), Heroes (1980), In The Pocket (1981), Commodores 13 (1983), Nightdshift (1985), United (1986).


Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Machine Gun (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 36:00 minutes | 1,57 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 36:00 minutes | 762 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

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.

Tracklist:

01 - Machine Gun
02 - Young Girls Are My Weakness
03 - I Feel Sanctified
04 - The Bump
05 - Rapid Fire
06 - The Assembly Line
07 - The Zoo (The Human Zoo)
08 - Gonna Blow Your Mind
09 - There's A Song In My Heart
10 - Superman

Analyzed: Commodores / Machine Gun
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR14 0.00 dB -15.28 dB 2:40 01-Machine Gun
DR14 0.00 dB -16.24 dB 3:01 02-Young Girls Are My Weakness
DR14 0.00 dB -16.14 dB 3:46 03-I Feel Sanctified
DR14 0.00 dB -15.52 dB 4:09 04-The Bump
DR15 0.00 dB -16.03 dB 3:03 05-Rapid Fire
DR13 0.00 dB -15.24 dB 5:10 06-The Assembly Line
DR14 0.00 dB -15.45 dB 3:07 07-The Zoo (The Human Zoo)
DR14 0.00 dB -16.26 dB 5:42 08-Gonna Blow Your Mind
DR14 0.00 dB -15.45 dB 2:42 09-There's A Song In My Heart
DR13 0.00 dB -14.98 dB 2:39 10-Superman
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5902 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Caught In The Act (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:58 minutes | 1,71 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:58 minutes | 829 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

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.

Tracklist:

01 - Wide Open
02 - Slippery When Wet
03 - The Bump
04 - I'm Ready
05 - This Is Your Life
06 - Let's Do It Right
07 - Better Never Than Forever
08 - Look What You've Done To Me
09 - You Don't Know That I Know
10 - Wide Open (Reprise)

Analyzed: Commodores / Caught In The Act
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -11.55 dB 3:31 01-Wide Open
DR10 0.00 dB -11.26 dB 3:20 02-Slippery When Wet
DR11 0.00 dB -12.23 dB 2:53 03-The Bump
DR11 0.00 dB -11.79 dB 3:20 04-I'm Ready
DR11 0.00 dB -12.65 dB 5:52 05-This Is Your Life
DR10 0.00 dB -11.59 dB 3:42 06-Let's Do It Right
DR11 0.00 dB -12.97 dB 3:47 07-Better Never Than Forever
DR10 0.00 dB -11.98 dB 3:55 08-Look What You've Done To Me
DR11 0.00 dB -12.46 dB 6:33 09-You Don't Know That I Know
DR12 0.00 dB -14.68 dB 1:04 10-Wide Open (Reprise)
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5851 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Movin' On (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:40 minutes | 1,66 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:40 minutes | 809 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

R&B purists have often argued that the Commodores did their most essential work before 1977. It was in 1977 that they crossed over to the pop/adult contemporary audience in a major way with "Easy," and subsequent hits like 1978's "Three Times a Lady" and 1979's "Still" (both of which reached number one on Billboard's pop singles charts) certainly weren't the work of R&B snobs. Of course, Lionel Richie never claimed to be an R&B purist, although it is safe to say that the Commodores were still a hardcore funk/soul band when their third album, Movin' On, came out in 1975. From an R&B standpoint (as opposed to a pop or adult contemporary standpoint), this is one of their most essential releases. Those who love hard, gutsy 1970s funk can't go wrong with horn-powered gems like "Mary, Mary," "(Can I) Get a Witness," "Gimme My Mule," and "Hold On"; however, the song that Movin' On is best remembered for is the laid-back, gospel-drenched hit "Sweet Love." Written by Richie, "Sweet Love" is one of those secular soul tunes that isn't really gospel but borders on it; when Richie belts out the lyrics, "You got to keep on searching/harder/day by day," you feel like you're in the front row during an AME church service. And even though Movin' On is an LP that R&B purists rave about (rightly so), you can't say that it was ignored by pop audiences – "Sweet Love" was a number two R&B hit, but it also reached number five on Billboard's pop singles chart.

Tracklist:

01 - Hold On
02 - Free
03 - Mary, Mary
04 - Sweet Love
05 - (Can I) Get A Witness
06 - Gimme My Mule
07 - Time
08 - Cebu

Analyzed: Commodores / Movin' On
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 0.00 dB -12.18 dB 4:14 01-Hold On
DR10 0.00 dB -11.51 dB 3:53 02-Free
DR12 0.00 dB -13.49 dB 4:23 03-Mary, Mary
DR11 0.00 dB -13.56 dB 6:34 04-Sweet Love
DR11 0.00 dB -12.81 dB 4:09 05-(Can I) Get A Witness
DR12 0.00 dB -13.54 dB 5:13 06-Gimme My Mule
DR12 0.00 dB -13.52 dB 4:24 07-Time
DR12 0.00 dB -13.74 dB 4:49 08-Cebu
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5945 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Hot On The Tracks (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 38:52 minutes | 1,7 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:52 minutes | 840 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

1976's Hot on the Tracks was the Commodores' fourth album, and it was also the last album they recorded before becoming a major crossover act. From 1977 on, the Commodores were as big among pop and adult contemporary audiences as they were with R&B audiences. That isn't to say that pop fans ignored them before 1977; "Just to Be Close to You," the single that Hot on the Tracks is best known for, reached number seven on Billboard's pop singles chart as well as number one on its R&B singles chart. The album itself made it to number one on Billboard's R&B albums chart, while climbing to number 12 on its pop albums chart. Nonetheless, this is an R&B record first and foremost, and the Commodores never sound like they're going out of their way to be pop. R&B purists should have no problem with "Just to Be Close to You," which is very much a soul ballad and doesn't have the adult contemporary appeal of subsequent hits like "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," and "Still." Nor should they have any problem with hardcore funk treasures such as "Fancy Dancer" (a number nine R&B hit), "Come Inside," "Let's Get Started," and the quirky "Quick Draw." For those who prefer the Commodores' hardcore funk and soul over their crossover material, Hot on the Tracks is recommended without hesitation.

Tracklist:

01 - Let's Get Started
02 - Girl, I Think The World About You
03 - High On Sunshine
04 - Just To Be Close To You
05 - Fancy Dancer
06 - Come Inside
07 - Thumpin' Music
08 - Captain Quickdraw
09 - Can't Let You Tease Me

Analyzed: Commodores / Hot On The Tracks
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 0.00 dB -13.56 dB 3:58 01-Let's Get Started
DR10 0.00 dB -11.97 dB 4:35 02-Girl, I Think The World About You
DR11 0.00 dB -14.08 dB 4:26 03-High On Sunshine
DR11 0.00 dB -13.61 dB 6:25 04-Just To Be Close To You
DR11 0.00 dB -13.03 dB 4:27 05-Fancy Dancer
DR11 0.00 dB -13.82 dB 3:53 06-Come Inside
DR11 0.00 dB -13.38 dB 3:27 07-Thumpin' Music
DR12 0.00 dB -13.66 dB 4:27 08-Captain Quickdraw
DR11 0.00 dB -12.72 dB 3:13 09-Can't Let You Tease Me
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 6069 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Commodores (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 38:59 minutes | 1,71 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:59 minutes | 865 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

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.

Tracklist:

01 - Squeeze The Fruit
02 - Funny Feelings
03 - Heaven Knows
04 - Zoom
05 - Won't You Come Dance WIth Me
06 - Brick House
07 - Funky Situation
08 - Patch It Up
09 - Easy

Analyzed: Commodores / Commodores
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -11.94 dB 3:02 01-Squeeze The Fruit
DR11 0.00 dB -12.64 dB 4:53 02-Funny Feelings
DR11 0.00 dB -13.29 dB 4:47 03-Heaven Knows
DR10 0.00 dB -12.48 dB 6:47 04-Zoom
DR11 0.00 dB -12.15 dB 3:51 05-Won't You Come Dance WIth Me
DR10 0.00 dB -11.73 dB 3:32 06-Brick House
DR12 0.00 dB -13.63 dB 3:47 07-Funky Situation
DR11 0.00 dB -12.07 dB 4:03 08-Patch It Up
DR9 0.00 dB -10.56 dB 4:17 09-Easy
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 6157 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Natural High (1978/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 42:12 minutes | 1,67 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:12 minutes | 884 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Commodores' sixth studio album, Natural High, is best known for the ballad "Three Times a Lady," which became a staple of adult contemporary radio and reached number one on both the pop and R&B charts. "Three Times a Lady" was their first number one pop hit, and Lionel Richie was being recognized as a major crossover star. Not everyone liked "Three Times a Lady" – some people found the song to be much too sappy, and R&B purists argued that The Commodores were watering their music down. But even if "Three Times a Lady" isn't your cup of tea, Natural High still has a lot to offer R&B fans. "X-Rated Movie," "Such a Woman," and "I Like What You Do" are exhilarating examples of hardcore funk, and those who appreciate artists like Heatwave and the Brothers Johnson will find a lot to admire about "Fire Girl" and "Flying High" (both of which are sleek examples of the sophisticated funk style). Meanwhile, "Say Yeah" (featuring Richie) is a first-rate R&B slow jam. Whatever your opinion of "Three Times a Lady" – whether you love it or hate it – the fact is that Natural High has more plusses than minuses and was a generally respectable, if imperfect, addition to The Commodores' catalog.

Tracklist:

01 - Fire Girl
02 - X-Rated Movie
03 - Flying High
04 - Three Times A Lady
05 - Such A Woman
06 - Say Yeah
07 - I Like What You Do
08 - Visions

Analyzed: Commodores / Natural High
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 0.00 dB -13.85 dB 4:18 01-Fire Girl
DR13 0.00 dB -14.33 dB 4:48 02-X-Rated Movie
DR13 -0.01 dB -15.08 dB 5:16 03-Flying High
DR12 0.00 dB -17.02 dB 6:52 04-Three Times A Lady
DR13 0.00 dB -15.41 dB 4:41 05-Such A Woman
DR12 0.00 dB -15.56 dB 5:43 06-Say Yeah
DR13 0.00 dB -14.59 dB 4:50 07-I Like What You Do
DR14 0.00 dB -17.59 dB 5:44 08-Visions
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5389 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Midnight Magic (1979/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 39:33 minutes | 1,53 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:33 minutes | 821 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

When the Commodores' seventh studio album, Midnight Magic, came out in 1979, one could safely assume that the LP would contain at least one adult contemporary ballad. And sure enough, Midnight Magic contains the ballad "Still," which was a number one pop hit (as well as a number one R&B hit) and became a staple on adult contemporary radio. The sappy ballad (which features Lionel Richie) wasn't without its detractors, who felt that the Commodores had become too much of a slick crossover act. But even if "Still" doesn't excite you, the rest of the album isn't bad. "Wonderland" (a number 21 R&B hit) is an enjoyable R&B slow jam, and fans of sophisticated funk (as opposed to hardcore funk) should appreciate "You're Special," "Gettin' It," and the disco-minded title song. "Sexy Lady" is the only thing on the LP that can honestly be described as hardcore funk; most of the up-tempo tunes favor the type of sophisticated funk that the Brothers Johnson, Rufus/Chaka Khan, and Heatwave were known for in the late '70s. Next to "Still," the album's best-known track is "Sail On," which reached number eight on Billboard's R&B singles chart (and number four on its pop single chart) despite the fact that it is essentially a pop-country song. Some R&B purists saw "Sail On" as a blatant example of how watered down the Commodores had become, but it's still a charming and likable tune – one that wouldn't have been out of place on a Dolly Parton or Glen Campbell LP. Midnight Magic isn't one of the Commodores' essential releases, and R&B purists are advised to stick to the band's pre-1977 albums. Nonetheless, this is a generally decent, if uneven, record that has more strengths than weaknesses.

Tracklist:

01 - Gettin' It
02 - Midnight Magic
03 - You're Special
04 - Still
05 - Wonderland (Long Version)
06 - Sexy Lady
07 - Lovin You
08 - Sail On
09 - 12:01 A.M.

Analyzed: Commodores / Midnight Magic
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.01 dB -15.01 dB 3:47 01-Gettin' It
DR13 0.00 dB -15.35 dB 5:53 02-Midnight Magic
DR13 -0.35 dB -16.43 dB 3:38 03-You're Special
DR14 0.00 dB -18.10 dB 5:53 04-Still
DR13 -0.79 dB -17.15 dB 5:30 05-Wonderland (Long Version)
DR13 0.00 dB -15.79 dB 3:39 06-Sexy Lady
DR13 -0.29 dB -16.98 dB 4:36 07-Lovin You
DR13 -0.32 dB -16.48 dB 5:38 08-Sail On
DR15 -0.17 dB -16.98 dB 0:59 09-12:01 A.M.
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5287 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Heroes (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 43:43 minutes | 1,76 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:43 minutes | 942 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

From 1974 until the end of the '70s, the Commodores enjoyed kicking out the hits. As the 1980s rolled in, the Commodores did not lose much steam as they scored their first Top Ten hit of the decade with the midtempo beauty "Old Fashion Love." From the flattering lyric to the zestful groove, the splendid selection is complemented by Lionel Richie's colorful delivery. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts."Heroes" extols everyday people for their feats and courage and checked in at 27 after 11 weeks on the charts. The former Tuskegee collegians were not known to do gospel, but the self-contained sextet scored big with "Jesus Is Love." Richie's prayerful message and pleading cries are solidified with a lyric and melody that complement one another. The song's popularity is far greater than what the charts reflected (number 37). "Wake Up Children" and "Mighty Spirit" are two other inspirational selections.

Tracklist:

01 - Got To Be Together
02 - Celebrate
03 - Old-Fashion Love
04 - Heroes
05 - All The Way Down
06 - Sorry To Say
07 - Wake Up Children
08 - Mighty Spirit
09 - Jesus Is Love

Analyzed: Commodores / Heroes
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 0.00 dB -14.05 dB 5:46 01-Got To Be Together
DR12 0.00 dB -14.68 dB 5:06 02-Celebrate
DR11 0.00 dB -12.60 dB 4:57 03-Old-Fashion Love
DR14 0.00 dB -17.82 dB 5:25 04-Heroes
DR13 0.00 dB -13.78 dB 3:38 05-All The Way Down
DR12 0.00 dB -14.19 dB 4:04 06-Sorry To Say
DR12 0.00 dB -15.07 dB 4:35 07-Wake Up Children
DR14 0.00 dB -15.71 dB 4:06 08-Mighty Spirit
DR11 0.00 dB -14.46 dB 6:06 09-Jesus Is Love
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5586 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - In The Pocket (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:10 minutes | 1,62 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:10 minutes | 794 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

In 1980 and 1981, many people in the music world suspected that Lionel Richie would soon be leaving the Commodores to pursue a solo career – and sure enough, he officially became a full-time solo artist in 1982. In the Pocket, released in 1981, turned out to be his final album with the group. Not surprisingly, Richie dominates the album, singing lead on everything from adult contemporary ballads like "Lucy" and "Oh No" (a number four pop/number five R&B smash) to the sophisticated funk of "Why You Wanna Try Me" and the Top Five R&B favorite "Lady (You Bring Me Up)." Walter Orange and Thomas McClary also contribute some lead vocals, but the album's best-known songs are the ones that feature Richie. While In the Pocket doesn't contain a lot of hardcore funk à la "Brickhouse" or "Slippery When Wet," the sleeker, smoother sophisti-funk style is well represented by "Why You Wanna Try Me" and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)," as well as "Saturday Night" and "Keep on Taking Me Higher." Overall, In the Pocket isn't great – "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" is certainly a gem, although the rest of the material is merely decent. But while In the Pocket isn't among the Commodores' essential releases, it was still a pleasant way for Richie to end his association with the Southern band.

Tracklist:

01 - Lady (You Bring Me Up)
02 - Saturday Night
03 - Keep On Taking Me Higher
04 - Oh No
05 - Why You Wanna Try Me
06 - This Love
07 - Been Loving You
08 - Lucy

Analyzed: Commodores / In The Pocket
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR14 -0.26 dB -16.53 dB 4:52 01-Lady (You Bring Me Up)
DR15 -0.21 dB -17.52 dB 5:01 02-Saturday Night
DR13 -0.50 dB -15.78 dB 5:22 03-Keep On Taking Me Higher
DR12 -1.90 dB -18.18 dB 3:03 04-Oh No
DR14 0.00 dB -15.28 dB 4:38 05-Why You Wanna Try Me
DR13 -0.55 dB -15.33 dB 5:19 06-This Love
DR13 -0.51 dB -15.23 dB 3:55 07-Been Loving You
DR14 -0.65 dB -18.91 dB 5:00 08-Lucy
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5998 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Commodores 13 (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:33 minutes | 1,74 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:33 minutes | 852 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

For the Commodores, losing Lionel Richie in 1982 was a lot like L.T.D. losing Jeffrey Osborne and Rose Royce losing Gwen Dickey – it was a severe blow, although not a fatal one. In fact, the Commodores had a few major hits after Richie's departure, including "Nightshift" (a number one R&B/number three pop smash) in 1984 and "Goin' to the Bank" in 1986. Released in 1983, Commodores 13 was the band's first post-Richie album as well as its first album without producer James Carmichael (who had been working with the Commodores since 1974). This LP came out around the same time as Richie's second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which sold over eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Commodores 13 didn't do nearly that well, although it's a generally decent, if uneven, record that had a number 20 R&B hit in "Only You." The lead vocals are handled by Walter Orange, Thomas McClary, and the Mean Machine's Harold Hudson, who was an interim vocalist rather than an official full-time vocalist. Not surprisingly, the Commodores cover both their R&B bases and their pop bases, getting into everything from sleek keyboard funk ("Touchdown," "Nothing Like a Woman") to adult contemporary ballads ("Only You"). Meanwhile, "Ooo Woman You," which McClary co-wrote with Melissa Manchester, is a catchy pop/rock number. Is Commodores 13 a masterpiece? No. This release isn't in a class with essential treasures like 1976's Hot on the Tracks or 1977's The Commodores. But it isn't a bad album, and it indicated that there could be life after Lionel Richie for the Commodores.

Tracklist:

01 - I'm In Love
02 - Turn Off The Lights
03 - Nothing Like A Woman
04 - Captured
05 - Touchdown
06 - Welcome Home
07 - Ooo, Woman You
08 - Only You

Analyzed: Commodores / Commodores 13
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -12.17 dB 4:07 01-I'm In Love
DR9 0.00 dB -11.08 dB 4:22 02-Turn Off The Lights
DR10 0.00 dB -11.72 dB 4:57 03-Nothing Like A Woman
DR10 0.00 dB -12.73 dB 4:36 04-Captured
DR11 0.00 dB -11.85 dB 4:50 05-Touchdown
DR11 0.00 dB -13.01 dB 5:20 06-Welcome Home
DR11 0.00 dB -11.86 dB 4:22 07-Ooo, Woman You
DR11 0.00 dB -14.52 dB 5:00 08-Only You
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 6275 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - Nightshift (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 38:49 minutes | 1,54 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 38:49 minutes | 916 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

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.

Tracklist:

01 - Animal Instinct
02 - Nightshift
03 - I Keep Running
04 - Lay Back
05 - Slip Of The Tongue
06 - Play This Record Twice
07 - Janet
08 - The Woman In My Life
09 - Lightin' Up The Night

Analyzed: Commodores / Nightshift
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -1.26 dB -12.60 dB 4:49 01-Animal Instinct
DR10 -1.32 dB -13.22 dB 5:03 02-Nightshift
DR10 -1.46 dB -13.79 dB 4:11 03-I Keep Running
DR9 -1.53 dB -12.74 dB 5:02 04-Lay Back
DR9 -0.82 dB -11.92 dB 3:53 05-Slip Of The Tongue
DR10 -0.81 dB -11.98 dB 4:26 06-Play This Record Twice
DR10 -0.86 dB -12.42 dB 3:42 07-Janet
DR11 -0.79 dB -13.89 dB 3:39 08-The Woman In My Life
DR11 -0.76 dB -12.53 dB 4:05 09-Lightin' Up The Night
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5514 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Commodores - The Studio Album Collection 1974-1986 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192 kHz]

Commodores - United (1986/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 43:51 minutes | 1,97 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:51 minutes | 1008 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

United is the twelfth studio album by the Commodores, released in 1986 as the follow-up to their extremely successful album Nightshift from the previous year. This album included one of The Commodores' last significant hits in "Goin' to the Bank", and it has been the group's last major charting album to date, even though they went on to release several albums since. "Goin' to the Bank" climbed to number two on Billboard's R&B singles chart. The follow-up single, "Take It From Me", barely entered the top 40 on the R&B chart, while another single, the ballad "United in Love", peaked at #22 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

After over a decade at Motown, the Commodores moved to Mercury/PolyGram with 1986's United. By that time, the group's lineup consisted of British singer J.D. Nicholas (a Heatwave graduate who came on board in 1984) and original members Walter Orange (lead vocals, drums), William King (percussion, trumpet, synthesizers), and Milan Williams (keyboards). Lionel Richie (who was selling millions of records as a solo artist), Thomas McClary, and Ronald LaPread were all gone. An abundance of studio musicians and outside songwriters are employed on this high-tech, pop-minded urban contemporary outing, and not surprisingly, the Commodores no longer sound distinctive. Orange (who shares the lead vocals with Nicholas) is still recognizable, but even so, United doesn't really sound like a Commodores album. Although wildly uneven, the record has its moments. "Goin' to the Bank" (which climbed to number two on Billboard's R&B singles chart) and "Take It From Me" (both of which feature Orange) are infectious synth-funk items, and Nicholas has a pleasant spot on the adult contemporary ballad "United in Love." But most of the material (which was produced by Dennis Lambert, James Carmichael, and others) is forgettable. Again, United has its moments, but it pales in comparison to 1970s classics like Movin' On, Caught in the Act, and Hot on the Tracks.

Tracklist:

01 - Goin' To The Bank
02 - Take It From Me
03 - United In Love
04 - Can't Dance All Night
05 - You're The Only Woman I Need
06 - Land Of The Dreamer
07 - Talk To Me
08 - I Wanna Rock You
09 - Let's Apologize
10 - Serious Love

Analyzed: Commodores / United
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 0.00 dB -12.64 dB 4:19 01-Goin' To The Bank
DR12 0.00 dB -13.49 dB 4:01 02-Take It From Me
DR11 0.00 dB -13.94 dB 4:25 03-United In Love
DR12 0.00 dB -13.14 dB 3:58 04-Can't Dance All Night
DR12 0.00 dB -13.74 dB 4:40 05-You're The Only Woman I Need
DR12 0.00 dB -12.94 dB 4:28 06-Land Of The Dreamer
DR12 0.00 dB -13.92 dB 4:44 07-Talk To Me
DR12 0.00 dB -12.77 dB 5:24 08-I Wanna Rock You
DR11 0.00 dB -12.29 dB 3:51 09-Let's Apologize
DR12 0.00 dB -13.36 dB 4:02 10-Serious Love
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 6136 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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