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80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Commodores – Animal Instinct (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 14th, 2011



The Commodores made one final stab at regaining R&B glory when Lionel Richie and producer/arranger James Anthony Carmichael both left in the mid-’80s. J.D. Nicholas became their lead singer, and Dennis Lambert assumed production duties.

“Animal Instinct” was the second single released from the album Nightshift. Regarded as an out-of-the-ordinary track for the Commodores, “Animal Instinct,” featuring Orange on lead vocals, was released almost six months after the hit “Nightshift,” and petered out at #22 on the R&B charts, while only making it to #43 on the US pop charts and #74 in the UK.

Animal Instinct (Club Mix / Dub Mix) 9:46
Remix – John Morales & Sergio Munzibai
Arranged By, Producer [Associate] – Peter Wolf (3)
Written-By – M. Page*

Lightin’ Up The Night 4:05
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Jeff Lorber
Arranged By [Horn] – Jerry Hey
Written-By – D. Warren*, J. Lorber*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Mint (company sleeve)


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Animal Instinct U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #43
1985 Animal Instinct U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #22
1985 Animal Instinct U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #9


Label: Motown
Catalog#: 67211
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Dennis Lambert

Album version in “NIGHTSHIFT”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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7 Responses to “Commodores – Animal Instinct (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. penseur Says:


    killing 12 here!
    long, so long time to found this one…

    now, here it is!

    BIG thx and respect! (as always)


  2. Trikke Says:

    Yesss !
    The M+M mix of animal instinct in pristine quality !
    You definitely don’t go for the obvious choice (nightshift) and that’s appreciated.
    Thnx for all you passionate work Paul !


  3. ric Says:

    I agree, the less than obvious selection is always a welcome surprise, but I wouldn’t say no to some obvious choices too (Nighshift, Goin’ To The Bank)…LOL!
    Some random thoughts…
    Love the work of M+M!
    and Diane Warren writing the R&B B-side? but then again, she did write Rhythm Of The Night for DeBarge…those were the days eh? before her balladry assault via Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes etc.


  4. adam Says:

    less obvious rules for me!
    that’s part of the reason of why i keep following this blog
    for all the posts im not mad on
    it counteracts when something like this one is put out
    aand you might get the dub, 7” as well
    if you trawl the web or pay big bucks there are still zillions of ‘juicy stuff’ that is
    sadly languishing away on vinyl somewhere
    Great Post!


  5. Matracas Says:

    As in the words of Wayne & Garth “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy”. I never thought I would find this 12″. A friend of mine back in the day bought this 12″ from a record store after he heard it playing in the store. We had never heard this on the radio and I never recorded the 12″ to a cassette tape. Years later I remembered this 12″ but not the title of the song so I was resigned to never find it again..my friend? we lost track in the early 90’s.

    I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy….


  6. feanor Says:

    great song, yet another 80’s 12″ single i’ve never even seen (and i though i had EVERYTHING!) many, many thanks


  7. DjPaulT Says:

    Links have been fixed 🙂


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