1985 Commodores ‎- Nightshift

Nightshift is the 11th studio album by the Commodores, released by Motown Records on January 15, 1985. It was the group’s last album on the Motown label before switching to Polydor.

Nightshift is the Commodores’ second album without Lionel Richie, who left the band in 1982, and their last album with their original bass guitarist Ronald LaPread. Their previous album Commodores 13 (1983) had featured interim lead vocalist Harold Hudson of Mean Machine. For Nightshift the Commodores permanently replaced Richie with British-born J.D. Nicholas, formerly of Heatwave. Dennis Lambert was chosen as producer, the Commodores hoping to find the same magic created by producer/arranger James Anthony Carmichael, with whom they had worked since 1974 and who was a major impetus in their earlier success.

Other musicians that play on this album include: Peter Wolf, Paul Fox, John Robinson, Neil Stubenhaus, Jeff Lorber, Peter Maunu, Harold Hudson, Dennis Lambert, Paulinho da CostaVinnie ColaiutaJerry Hey, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig and Larry Williams.


Animal Instinct (Martin Page) 04:49
Nightshift (Dennis Lambert; Franne Golde; Walter Orange) 05:06
3  I Keep Running (Harold Hudson; Shirley King; William King) 04:12
4  Lay Back (Dennis Lambert; Franne Golde; Martin Page; Milan Williams) 05:02
5  Slip Of The Tongue (Lenny Macaluso; Peter Beckett) 03:53
6  Play This Record Twice (Kevin Smith; Ronald LaPread) 04:26
Janet (Bobby Caldwell; Franne Golde; Paul Fox) 03:42
8  The Woman In My Life (Keith Stegall; Patrick Henderson) 03:38
9  Lightin’ Up The Night (Diane Warren; Jeff Lorber) 04:05


BassFreddie Washington
BassNeil Stubenhaus
BassRonald LaPread
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
DrumsWalter Orange
GuitarPeter Maunu
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsMilan Williams
KeyboardsWilliam King
KeyboardsPeter Wolf
SynthesizerPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerPeter Wolf
SynthesizerDennis Lambert
SynthesizerHarold Hudson
SynthesizerJeff Lorber
SynthesizerPaul Fox
ProgrammingPaul Jackson Jr
ProgrammingPeter Wolf
ProgrammingJeff Lorber
ProgrammingPaul Fox
SaxGary Herbig
SaxLarry Williams
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionDennis Lambert
Background VocalsRonald LaPread
Background VocalsWilliam King
Background VocalsJD Nicholas
Background VocalsWalter Orange
Background VocalsAmbrose Price
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsDavid Swanson
Background VocalsDennis Lambert
Background VocalsDoris Garrett
Background VocalsGregory Alexander
Background VocalsPatricia Hamlin
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsSheldon Reynolds
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett
Background VocalsTracee Augcomfar

Lead Vocals

1 Animal Instinct

VocalsWalter Orange

2 Nightshift

VocalsJD Nicholas
VocalsWalter Orange

3 I Keep Running

VocalsJD Nicholas

4 Lay Back

VocalsJD Nicholas

5 Slip Of The Tongue

VocalsWalter Orange

6 Play This Record Twice

VocalsWalter Orange

7 Janet

VocalsWalter Orange

8 The Woman In My Life

VocalsWalter Orange

9 Lightin’ Up The Night

VocalsWalter Orange

Liner Notes

Producer – Dennis Lambert
Co-producer – William King (Track 3)
Arranged By – Peter Wolf (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
Arranged By – Harold Hudson, Paul Fox, William King (Track 3)
Arranged By – Paul Jackson Jr (Track 6)
Arranged By – Paul Fox (Track 7)
Arranged By – Jeff Lorber (Track 9)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Dennis Lambert
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Track 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bino Espinoza, Fred Law
Engineer (Associate) – Paul Ericksen
Mastered By – John Matousek

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Design – Janet Levinson
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Mixed At – Soundcastle
Recorded At – Soundcastle
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation