The reissue on vinyl of the Commodores’ fifth studio album for Motown is available in international markets from July 14, following its North American release June 16. Commodores was first issued in 1977. This edition from Universal Music is cut from the original, unfaded master recordings, delivering on vinyl – for the first time – longer versions of seven of the nine tracks.
The LP, widely known as the “blue” album because of its cover art, features two of the Commodores’ biggest hits, “Brick House” and “Easy.” The latter was an international success for the group in ’77, with Top 10 chart placings in the U.K. and New Zealand, and Top 20 slots in Canada and Ireland. Another track, “Zoom,” became one of the Commodores’ best-known songs in concert, and was released as a single in Britain, where the album was entitled Zoom. Also in the U.K., a 1988 reissue of “Easy” climbed into the Top 20 that year.
During the year after the first release of Commodores, the six-man band undertook a major tour of Europe, with concerts in Holland, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. In 1978, they extended their reach to France, Norway, Sweden and Belgium.
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