32 Songs, 2 Hours 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lionel Richie is the definition of a crossover artist. His songwriting and singing is as informed by James Taylor as it is James Brown, and he could write hits for Motown then turn around and pen “Lady” for Kenny Rogers. Soft, dramatic ballads like “Hello” and “Say You, Say Me” brought a whole new look to R&B in the Eighties, and had a huge influence on the adult-contemporary R&B of Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, and Peabo Bryson. Meanwhile, Richie mastered a kind of lightweight pop soul with “Dancing On the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” songs that appealed to Michael Jackson fans and Toto fans alike. Amazingly, Richie released just three LPs in the Eighties, a decade in which he seemed to release hit singles by the month. The sequencing of Gold is strangely anti-chronological, with Richie’s early Commodores hits coming at the end and the first disc bouncing from year to year, but thematically it is the perfect summation of Richie’s dominance between 1974 ad 1986. The sterling hits are all here, but don’t overlook lesser-known gems like “Zoom,” “Sweet Love,” and “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” a wonderful piece of gospel-soul from Richie’s overlooked 1996 album Louder Than Words.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lionel Richie is the definition of a crossover artist. His songwriting and singing is as informed by James Taylor as it is James Brown, and he could write hits for Motown then turn around and pen “Lady” for Kenny Rogers. Soft, dramatic ballads like “Hello” and “Say You, Say Me” brought a whole new look to R&B in the Eighties, and had a huge influence on the adult-contemporary R&B of Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, and Peabo Bryson. Meanwhile, Richie mastered a kind of lightweight pop soul with “Dancing On the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” songs that appealed to Michael Jackson fans and Toto fans alike. Amazingly, Richie released just three LPs in the Eighties, a decade in which he seemed to release hit singles by the month. The sequencing of Gold is strangely anti-chronological, with Richie’s early Commodores hits coming at the end and the first disc bouncing from year to year, but thematically it is the perfect summation of Richie’s dominance between 1974 ad 1986. The sterling hits are all here, but don’t overlook lesser-known gems like “Zoom,” “Sweet Love,” and “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” a wonderful piece of gospel-soul from Richie’s overlooked 1996 album Louder Than Words.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
98 Ratings
98 Ratings
PatFerr ,

Wow, what memories

I just turned 50 today, and this album really brings back some awesome memories of the times when I was young and really looking for love, and hoping to find the kind of love and romance you see on TV at times, or hear in a song like these. I am a romantic at heart and love romance when I can provide it. These songs just bring back such great memories from the best years of my life, late teens, early 20's. Richie is just awesome as are the Commodores.....just Awesome. I have the love of my life with me going on 23 years this year, and just love everything about her. She blows my mind she is just so awesome and I tell her and she somehow doesn't believe me, but I will keep telling her every way I possibly can. I love you JAF.

The Little Richie ,

Perfection

Lionel Richie is the most amazing singer to ever live... I want to take him to Las Vegas and marry him...

ShaToosi ,

Timeless

I appreciate this time music. Erases the filth you hear on the radio today. I can always pull anyone one of commodores songs out and can expect to hear something heart felt or get up and dance to.

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