In the Pocket

In the Pocket

by The Commodores


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In the Pocket

In 1980 and 1981, many people in the music world suspected that Lionel Richie would soon be leaving the Commodores to pursue a solo career -- and sure enough, he officially became a full-time solo artist in 1982. In the Pocket, released in 1981, turned out to be his final album with the group. Not surprisingly, Richie dominates the album, singing lead on everything from adult contemporary ballads like "Lucy" and "Oh No" (a number four pop
umber five R&B smash) to the sophisticated funk of "Why You Wanna Try Me" and the Top Five R&B favorite "Lady (You Bring Me Up)." Walter Orange and Thomas McClary also contribute some lead vocals, but the album's best-known songs are the ones that feature Richie. While In the Pocket doesn't contain a lot of hardcore funk à la "Brickhouse" or "Slippery When Wet," the sleeker, smoother sophisti-funk style is well represented by "Why You Wanna Try Me" and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)," as well as "Saturday Night" and "Keep on Taking Me Higher." Overall, In the Pocket isn't great -- "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" is certainly a gem, although the rest of the material is merely decent. But while In the Pocket isn't among the Commodores' essential releases, it was still a pleasant way for Richie to end his association with the Southern band.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0737463543828
catalogNumber: 635438

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Commodores   Primary Artist
Lionel Richie   Vocals
David Cochrane   Saxophone
Harold Hudson   Trumpet,Keyboards
Ronald LaPread   Electric Bass,Vocals
Walter Orange   Drums,Vocals
Milan Williams   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
William King   Trumpet,Vocals
Darrell Jones   Drums,Electric Guitar
Thomas McClary   Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Commodores   Arranger,Producer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Jane Clark   Engineer
David Cochrane   Composer
Johnny Lee   Art Direction
Calvin Harris   Engineer

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