Early Gold and New Spins

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Freed from Motown's vaults, these early Commodores tracks represent the music they wowed college campuses with before exploding all over the charts: innovative covers, keyboardist Milan Williams' originals, and mainly-instrumental pieces with drummer Walter Orange breaking off into an occasional vocal. Lionel Richie contributes on sax with the band's fiery horn section. If you liked "Machine Gun" you'll love these high-energy romps. Especially delightful are "Who's Making Love" and "Baby This Is Forever," a Williams original reminiscent of Young-Holt Trio's "Soulful Strut."

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