The Commodores,post-Lionel Richie
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 01/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This 1985 release was not highly acknowledged like the band's predecessors because it lacked the band's staple member,Lionel Richie. Three years earlier,Richie's solo career had taken off and his first three solo albums were megahits(1983's CAN'T SLOW DOWN was the biggest-seller). The only Top 20 hit from this album was the title track,mentioning the names Marvin and Jackie,referring to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson. The band obviously paid homage to these R&B legends. Back in '85,Richie's hits were WE ARE THE WORLD,co-written with Michael Jackson and SAY YOU SAY ME from the Columbia film WHITE NIGHTS and its soundtrack album(later appearing on his '86 release DANCING ON THE CEILING). WATW was recorded by an all-star ensemble known as USA For Africa. Sales from that song,album or single,went to benefit the ending of hunger,illness and lack of clothing and education in Africa. The Commodores disbanded not too long after this release."