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Formed: 1967 (47 years ago)


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There were a few great '70s live R&B albums, from Earth, Wind & Fire to War, from Bill Withers to Marvin Gaye , Curtis Mayfield to Donny Hathaway. Count in that illustrious group the Commodores' 1977 double-LP Commodores Live! But the latter has never been released on CD in the U.S. Now that omission has been gloriously rectified with the single-disc Commodores Live! (Motown/UME), released March 26, 2002, as part of the new series, 'Motown Classic Albums - Remastered & Revisited.'

Featuring the definitive live versions of many of their hits, from "Brick House" to "Zoom" to "Easy," and the bonus studio track of the #1 R&B hit "Too Hot Ta Trot," the 13-selection Commodores Live! documents a band at the top of its game. Recorded at Atlanta's Omni Theater and Landover, MD's Capital Center during the group's triumphant, criss-crossing trek across America that summer, Commodores Live! has been 24-bit digitally remastered and the package features a new essay.

Lead singer/alto sax man Lionel Richie, co-lead vocalist/drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange, guitarist Thomas McClary, bassist Ronald LaPread, keyboardist Milan Williams and trumpeter/choreographer William King honed their chops on stage. In fact, their big break was the plum but grueling gig of opening for the Jackson 5 in the early '70s. Signed to Motown, their sophomore album, 1975's Caught In The Act, contained their first #1 R&B hit, "Slippery When Wet." The albums and tours that followed found the group gaining an ever-growing audience.

But it was with their self-titled fifth album, released in spring 1977, that the group achieved its long-range goal: to become "the black Beatles." The molasses-thick funk of "Brick House," the moody Quiet Storm blues of "Zoom" and the country/soul crossover of "Easy" broke the band wide open across the radio dial--a #3 pop hit and #1 soul for eight weeks.

Commodores Live! arrived later that year. Along with live versions of the quartet of hits already mentioned, the album included "Fancy Dancer" with its funky mid-song breakdown, and Lionel and Clyde's harmony on the coda of "Just To Be Close To You." Fans pounced on the one-two punch of "I Feel Sanctified" and a stunning 11-minute take on "Brick House," featuring the notorious Brick House Contest--"hottie participation" at its most bodacious. Also heard are "Won't You Come Dance With Me," "Come Inside," "Funny Feelings" and "Sweet Love" as well as the all-new studio jam "Too Hot Ta Trot." When the red-hot group was invited to appear in the disco flick Thank God It's Friday, it became one of the film's featured songs, and the track was a No.1 R&B smash.

Commodores Live! peaked at #3 pop and #2 soul. On any fan's chart of live R&B albums of the '70s, Commodores Live! is right at the top.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

There were a few great '70s live R&B albums, from Earth, Wind & Fire to War, from Bill Withers to Marvin Gaye , Curtis Mayfield to Donny Hathaway. Count in that illustrious group the Commodores' 1977 double-LP Commodores Live! But the latter has never been released on CD in the U.S. Now that omission has been gloriously rectified with the single-disc Commodores Live! (Motown/UME), released March 26, 2002, as part of the new series, 'Motown Classic Albums - Remastered & Revisited.'

Featuring the definitive live versions of many of their hits, from "Brick House" to "Zoom" to "Easy," and the bonus studio track of the #1 R&B hit "Too Hot Ta Trot," the 13-selection Commodores Live! documents a band at the top of its game. Recorded at Atlanta's Omni Theater and Landover, MD's Capital Center during the group's triumphant, criss-crossing trek across America that summer, Commodores Live! has been 24-bit digitally remastered and the package features a new essay.

Lead singer/alto sax man Lionel Richie, co-lead vocalist/drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange, guitarist Thomas McClary, bassist Ronald LaPread, keyboardist Milan Williams and trumpeter/choreographer William King honed their chops on stage. In fact, their big break was the plum but grueling gig of opening for the Jackson 5 in the early '70s. Signed to Motown, their sophomore album, 1975's Caught In The Act, contained their first #1 R&B hit, "Slippery When Wet." The albums and tours that followed found the group gaining an ever-growing audience.

But it was with their self-titled fifth album, released in spring 1977, that the group achieved its long-range goal: to become "the black Beatles." The molasses-thick funk of "Brick House," the moody Quiet Storm blues of "Zoom" and the country/soul crossover of "Easy" broke the band wide open across the radio dial--a #3 pop hit and #1 soul for eight weeks.

Commodores Live! arrived later that year. Along with live versions of the quartet of hits already mentioned, the album included "Fancy Dancer" with its funky mid-song breakdown, and Lionel and Clyde's harmony on the coda of "Just To Be Close To You." Fans pounced on the one-two punch of "I Feel Sanctified" and a stunning 11-minute take on "Brick House," featuring the notorious Brick House Contest--"hottie participation" at its most bodacious. Also heard are "Won't You Come Dance With Me," "Come Inside," "Funny Feelings" and "Sweet Love" as well as the all-new studio jam "Too Hot Ta Trot." When the red-hot group was invited to appear in the disco flick Thank God It's Friday, it became one of the film's featured songs, and the track was a No.1 R&B smash.

Commodores Live! peaked at #3 pop and #2 soul. On any fan's chart of live R&B albums of the '70s, Commodores Live! is right at the top.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

There were a few great '70s live R&B albums, from Earth, Wind & Fire to War, from Bill Withers to Marvin Gaye , Curtis Mayfield to Donny Hathaway. Count in that illustrious group the Commodores' 1977 double-LP Commodores Live! But the latter has never been released on CD in the U.S. Now that omission has been gloriously rectified with the single-disc Commodores Live! (Motown/UME), released March 26, 2002, as part of the new series, 'Motown Classic Albums - Remastered & Revisited.'

Featuring the definitive live versions of many of their hits, from "Brick House" to "Zoom" to "Easy," and the bonus studio track of the #1 R&B hit "Too Hot Ta Trot," the 13-selection Commodores Live! documents a band at the top of its game. Recorded at Atlanta's Omni Theater and Landover, MD's Capital Center during the group's triumphant, criss-crossing trek across America that summer, Commodores Live! has been 24-bit digitally remastered and the package features a new essay.

Lead singer/alto sax man Lionel Richie, co-lead vocalist/drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange, guitarist Thomas McClary, bassist Ronald LaPread, keyboardist Milan Williams and trumpeter/choreographer William King honed their chops on stage. In fact, their big break was the plum but grueling gig of opening for the Jackson 5 in the early '70s. Signed to Motown, their sophomore album, 1975's Caught In The Act, contained their first #1 R&B hit, "Slippery When Wet." The albums and tours that followed found the group gaining an ever-growing audience.

But it was with their self-titled fifth album, released in spring 1977, that the group achieved its long-range goal: to become "the black Beatles." The molasses-thick funk of "Brick House," the moody Quiet Storm blues of "Zoom" and the country/soul crossover of "Easy" broke the band wide open across the radio dial--a #3 pop hit and #1 soul for eight weeks.

Commodores Live! arrived later that year. Along with live versions of the quartet of hits already mentioned, the album included "Fancy Dancer" with its funky mid-song breakdown, and Lionel and Clyde's harmony on the coda of "Just To Be Close To You." Fans pounced on the one-two punch of "I Feel Sanctified" and a stunning 11-minute take on "Brick House," featuring the notorious Brick House Contest--"hottie participation" at its most bodacious. Also heard are "Won't You Come Dance With Me," "Come Inside," "Funny Feelings" and "Sweet Love" as well as the all-new studio jam "Too Hot Ta Trot." When the red-hot group was invited to appear in the disco flick Thank God It's Friday, it became one of the film's featured songs, and the track was a No.1 R&B smash.

Commodores Live! peaked at #3 pop and #2 soul. On any fan's chart of live R&B albums of the '70s, Commodores Live! is right at the top.

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