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The Commodores Anthology

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Motown
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005O6HX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on September 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Motown continues its reissue hit streak with this fine two-disc collection on the Commodores. As with Motown's other multi-disc sets, you get the full picture of the artists: from the early style-searching stages, through the hits years, and onto their inevitable decline.
The first thing that jumps out at you after listening to this thorough thirty-nine track set is just how versatile they were. The Commodores began as a hard funk band along the lines of the Ohio Players with early '70s hits like "Slippery When Wet" and "Young Girls Are My Weakness." All of the six group members were contributing to the hits at various times and lead vocal duties were shared by Lionel Richie and Walter Orange.
In the mid-'70s, Richie began to generate country ballads like "Sweet Love" and "Just To Be Close To You" which added a nice balance to the funk hits and brought the Commodores a pop audience. Soon, even the Orange-led high-energy funk numbers like "Brick House" and "Too Hot Ta Trot" were making it big on the pop charts, while Richie's pop evergreen "Three Times A Lady" became the biggest hit of its time.
By 1979, Richie's ballads were dominating the Commodores' singles releases, even though all of the band members continued to contribute to the albums. A bland sameness runs through Richie's ballads like "Still," "Sail On," and "Oh No," but the public ate them up anyway. Before Richie departed the Commodores in 1982, however, he did contribute a few fine change of pace singles like the poignant "Heroes" and the inspirational "Jesus Is Love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Soul & R&B today doesn't really have a unique distinction for what made the sights and sounds of the classic Motown era. It definitely is quite a shame, because there are so many people in this generation who are more interested in Lindsay Lohan, Ashanti, and Beyonce' that haven't discovered classic soul from one of the most legendary eras. The same is sadly said for The Commodores. Throughout three decade of Funk, Soul, Pop, and R&B, Lionel Richie, Walter Orange and company have made some of the most irrestible hits ever showcased. Their unique blends of harmonies and songs have truly shaped the era of feel good music, and now it is stretched into one unique anthology.

The Commodores: Anthology is a well-recognized reflection of one of the most unique acts to have ever discovered out of the 70's. The double album deliver well in showcasing the classic Motown vibe, and reintroducing so much from classics of the past. The collection includes some great guilty pleasure delights like the classic party track Brick House, Lady (You Bring Me Up), their breakthrough smash Machine Gun, and laid back mellow ballads like Easy, Still, Just To Be Close To You, and the soulful Three Times A Lady. The album does a great job delivering everything that The Commodores had from beginning to end, while letting listeneres have a vivid imagination to Funk, Soul and Pop into one. Not bad for a group of guys from Tuskegee, Alabama.

The Commodres: Anthology is a fantastic compilation for die hard Motowns fanatics, and Commodres followers young and old. It is definitely worth the purchase. Howvever, if you are not interested into this great double disc storyteller, I definitely would suggest their '97 Ultimate Collection instead.

Album Cover: B+

Songs: B+

Price: A-

Remastering: B 1/2+

Overall: B+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Qawi S. Robinson on July 31, 2002
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With the NUMEROUS (and I don't use the term loosely) anthologies for this group, this seemed to capture all my favorite songs and some that are becoming my favorites. When you mention the Commodores, you think of Brick House, Nightshift, Machine Gun, Easy, Zoom, etc. With those songs, it's hard not to find an anthology. What makes this one special is songs like Jesus Is Love, and some of their earlier instrumental work that is a bit hard to find. Nothing more can be said about a fantastic group and anthology. Just wish they'd get back together and do the old songs. Hey Lionel, what's your problem man?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blackworm on November 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here's a group that can kick out a funk-jazz instumental (Machine Gun), a booty-shakin' jam (Brick House), a laid-back mood-maker (Zoom), and a heart-felt ballad (Three Times A Lady), quicker than it takes prunes to work! The legacy of the Commodores will always be made to last, thanks to the hard work of the members and the fans who will continue to love them. This 2 disc set will carry any fan out of their mind and introduce new listeners to what made a funky beat bounce and what made love more meaningful. This collection is a must-have for any serious collector interested in have one of music's most spirited groups sitting on their racks and either disc in their player.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Fancy One on March 18, 2004
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Kudos to Motown/Universal for putting together this outstanding 2 CD anthology!! This far outdoes anything that company has put out over the years in regards to greatest hits collections and the like for this band.

Long before Lionel Richie became one of the biggest pop solo stars of the '80s, he was a member of this group, once dubbed "The Funkiest Band In The Land" and one of Motown's most successful acts during the 1970s. Richie wasn't even the central figure of the Commodores - not in the beginning, anyway. That was extraordinary drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange, who was their first lead singer (that's his voice you hear on the smashes "Brickhouse" and "Too Hot Ta Trot"). But since Walter was WAAAAYYY in the back during their concerts and Lionel was up in the front on piano or the sax, he was encouraged to take the lead more. The rest is history, as they say.

I grew up listening to the Commodores - I loved them - and I am so glad I recently rediscovered just how good they really were. They were certainly one of R&B's most versatile bands, cutting material that ranged from hot funk to romantic, heartfelt country-influenced pop. What a walk down memory lane!! This collection not only has the group's biggest hits, like the aforementioned two and the down-and-dirty booty-shakers like "Machine Gun" (their first hit), "The Bump", "Gimme My Mule", "Fancy Dancer" (This song is OFF THE HINGES! Now THIS is the Lionel I love! Lionel, come back home, all is forgiven!), "Slippery When Wet" and "I Feel Sanctified" and the soulful funk ballads like "This Is Your Life" (love this, love this, LOVE THIS!!), "Sweet Love", "Just To Be Close to You" and the country-soul of "Easy"...
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