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Commodores – Nightshift (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 13th, 2011



“Nightshift” is a 1985 hit song by the Commodores and title track from the album of the same name. The song was a tribute to Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, two famous R&B musicians who had died in 1984.

This song was the first hit attained by the Commodores following Lionel Richie’s departure from the group. It was also their biggest hit after Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart, as well as number three in the UK Singles Chart. Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group. The song features the lead vocal from drummer Walter Orange, whose lead appeared years before on the hugely popular “Brick House”.

The Commodores re-recorded a version dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010.

Nightshift (Edit Of Club Mix) 4:48

Nightshift (Club Mix) 7:02
Nightshift (Instrumental) 7:12

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company sleeve)


Year Single Chart Position
1985 Nightshift U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1985 Nightshift U.S. Billboard Hot Black singles #1
1985 Nightshift U.S. Billboard Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks #2


Label: Motown
Catalog#: 4533MG
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: R&B
Credits: Engineer – Joe Arlotta
Mixed By – John Morales & Sergio Munzibai
Producer – Dennis Lambert

Original version on the Lp “NIGHTSHIFT”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

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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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15 Responses to “Commodores – Nightshift (US 12″)”

  1. Dan Says:

    Another excellent job, Paul! It’s great to finally have the Club mix of the song. Too bad that this is the only really major hit they had after Lionel Richie left, at least on the Pop Chart.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan. It’s interesting how two of their biggest this one and “Brick House” did not have Lionel on lead vocals.


  2. ric Says:

    I love how M+M can do those disco remixes, those rock remixes, and also these ballad mixes. Versatile!
    Also, this was the time when two Marvin tribute records gave the two acts their last big hit on the Hot 100 and i think, their last #1 on the R&B chart.
    Diana Ross’ Missing You was the other.
    Thanks for this rip, Paul!


  3. guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!


  4. feanor Says:

    thanks – been hoping this one would get posted, along with the other great commodores stuff! had a very hard time finding this single, and my copy skips…so thankful!


  5. OPODER! Says:

    Thank you for this RIP.


  6. RW Says:

    Paul Great job as usual! Your vinyl transfers are the best that I know of.

    Wow, who ever decided at Motown and/or at the cutting lathe/mastering house to have the “Nightshift” (Edit Of Club Mix) 4:48 as a single cut on one side and place two cuts with a running time combined of 14:14 had no clue. They lacked basic vinyl cutting knowledge. Yes with 3 tracks on a single 12″ the closest track to the label will always suffer from inner grove distortion. With that in mind the cut to suffer should have been the Edit Of Club Mix 4:48. Yet Motown did have M&M do the remix honors and for that I applaud them. Barry Gordy was very particular from a early stage how master lacquers were cut (I don’t know if Motown ever did DMM Copper cutting?) But maybe by 1985 Barry Gordy didn’t oversee this aspect of the process. Still all in a great release. Thank You!


  7. Chris Daniel Says:

    This is an excellent rip Paul. I’ve always loved this track! You’d think this was a surprise hit for The Commodores. Considering it was 1985, Lionel left in ’82 and was an instant solo superstar, so for about 2 or 3 years there the group was kind of floundering. Glad they found success with this one!


  8. Woz Says:

    One of my all-time favorite tunes. I’m very excited for this. Looks like all different versions than the 5:04 version I have from 12″/80s Grooves.


  9. Disco D Says:

    Thanks Paul! I’m on this for the instrumental. I have the same 12in as you, and many years later managed to locate the M&M Club Mix on a cd compilation – much better than the vinyl pressing! A good mix and a good choice (again).


  10. dreamtime Says:

    please re-up the flac or send me a private flac download link – think of doing a mix…:)


  11. dreamtime Says:

    never mind – found a working download link…:)


  12. Greg Holtham Says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I can thank you enough for this download. I’ve been trying to track this version of “Nightshift” for years now. Y’see, the “Edit of Club Mix” was the version that my local radio station (93Q; WNTQ Syracuse,NY)played as the single as opposed to the single edit of the original track from the album. Every time I tried to track down the song, I found the album version. But now a 20+ year quest has come to an end; Thanks to you!!
    I’ve also been loving the rest of the site. There’s a few more sides that look interesting…
    Thanks again!


  13. DjPaulT Says:

    Links are working now 🙂


  14. Fred Says:

    Just a friendly tip that this mix is located on the “The Best Of Motown 1980’s – Volume 1” cd. A 5:04 version is on the Commodores’ The Ultimate Collection cd also. 🙂


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