Contrary to what its title implies, 1978 Platinum Tour isn't a live album. This ten-song LP, which contains nothing but studio recordings, is a promotional item that Motown sent out to the media in the hope of getting them to cover the Commodores' American tour of 1978. Although 1978 Platinum Tour was never released commercially, copies of the record nonetheless found their way to some used record stores and vinyl swap meets, and -- not surprisingly -- it became somewhat of a collector's item among hardcore Commodores fans. Side one focuses on the band's major hits, including "Sweet Love" from 1975's Movin' On, "Just to Be Close to You" from 1976's Hot on the Tracks, and "Easy" and "Brick House" from 1977's The Commodores. The oldest thing on the LP is the instrumental title track of the Commodores' 1974 debut album, Machine Gun. Meanwhile, side two is devoted to material from 1978's Natural High, which was the Commodores' most recent album at the time and had gone double platinum. The material on side two ranges from the funky "Such a Woman" to the hits "Three Times a Lady" and "Flying High." Motown described 1978 Platinum Tour as "a taste of treats to come," which doesn't mean that it contains any previously unreleased material -- rather, Motown was giving the media a taste of the types of songs they could expect to hear when the Commodores came to their area. 1978 Platinum Tour wasn't around very long; after the initial pressing, no more copies were made. And, of course, that made the LP all the more appealing to collectors.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson