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Disco - Released September 30, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released September 1, 1992 | Atlantic Records

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Chic was very much in its prime when it recorded its third album, Risqué, which contained hits that ranged from "My Feet Keep Dancing" and "My Forbidden Lover" to the influential "Good Times." That feel-good manifesto is one of the first songs that comes to mind when one thinks of the disco era and the Jimmy Carter years, but Chic's popularity certainly wasn't limited to the disco crowd. The fact that "Good Times" became the foundation for both the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" tells you a lot -- it underscores the fact that Chic was influencing everyone from early rappers to art rockers. A group that many rock critics were so quick to dismiss was having an impact in many different areas. From hip-hoppers to new wavers in London and Manchester, Risqué was considered primary listening. And Risqué is impressive not only because of its up-tempo cuts, but also because of slow material that includes the lush "A Warm Summer Night" and the dramatic ballad "Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)." Risqué is definitely among Chic's essential albums. ~ Alex Henderson
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R&B/Soul - Released September 28, 2018 | Virgin EMI

You know you’re talented when David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger or Daft Punk come to you for help. Nile Rodgers’ magic touch has fascinated us since the seventies. The 66-year-old New Yorker can do it all, from irresistible guitar riffs and unstoppable melodies to efficient productions and delicious arrangements. On his lengthy CV however there are four letters that stand out: C h i c. Alongside his accomplice Bernard Edwards on the bass (who died prematurely in 1996, only 43 years old), Rodgers made the whole world dance and defined the sound of an incredibly influential funky disco. Chic topped the charts with the hits Le Freak and Good Times, placing the Rodgers & Edwards duo in the same vein as Holland-Dozier-Holland and Gamble & Huff... On September 28th 2018, over 25 years after Chic-ism, Nile Rodgers released the album It’s About Time under the name Nile Rodgers & Chic, to which he invited Elton John, Lady Gaga, Craig David, Vic Mensa, Emeli Sandé and Nao. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring those four letters back to the forefront and to play Dance Dance Dance and Good Times on loop… In terms of tracks, Rodgers offers original songs and even sneaks in a cover of I Want Your Love by Lady Gaga. While it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for dance floors all around the globe, It’s About Time strings together pure disco, new jack swing 90’s, electro funk similar to that of Daft Punk, vintage jazz rock fusion and contemporary R&B. It may seem hard to find a clear connection between all these groovy genres, but luckily the MC is amazing. So enjoy being carried away by his creative madness. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Pop - Released May 20, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released November 23, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released January 1, 1970 | Atlantic Records

You think disco was nothing more than assembly line funk and freeze-dried beats? Then you need to step into the crisp grooves and walloping boogie found on this stunning collection of Chic's '70s recordings. Such hits as "Good Times," "Dance Dance Dance," and "Le Freak" used the stylistic innovations of James Brown and Sly Stone as a blueprint for a new era of funk. Bernard Edwards' basslines are so provocative they seem to talk, while Nile Rodgers' skeletal guitar runs hark back to Steve Cropper's slashing style. Sure, the songs don't say much. Sure, the dance mixes collected here ramble on after about six minutes. But once you step into these grooves -- grooves that influenced an entire generation of artists from David Byrne to Prince -- you will realize that these were indeed good times. ~ John Floyd
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R&B - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

This is a straightforward bundle -- a digital download release -- of Chic's eight studio albums for the Atlantic label. Chic (1977), C'est Chic (1978), Risqué (1979), Real People (1980), Take It Off (1981), Tongue in Chic (1982), Believer (1983), and Chic-Ism (1992) are combined in one set, sold at a price significantly less than the sum of the individual tracks. There are no bonus tracks -- just the albums straight up, as they were originally released. None of the band's fourth through eighth albums is essential; they have their moments, but only the most serious Chic fans will have any use for the whole deal. ~ Andy Kellman
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Disco - Released July 27, 2018 | Glitterbox Recordings

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Dance - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

When Chic's self-titled debut album came out in 1978, many rock critics gave it very negative reviews and failed to see just how rhythmically and harmonically exciting Chic's blend of funk, soul, and Euro-disco was. But one critic who often gave Chic favorable coverage was Don Waller, who hit the nail on the head when he exalted the band as "an uptown version of Booker T & the MG's." It was a most insightful analogy -- Chic's music was a lot sleeker than Booker T & the MG's raw, instrumental Memphis soul, but like Booker T., the Niles Rodgers/Bernard Edwards team turned out some of the most infectious and influential R&B party grooves of their era. Although not quite as strong as Chic's next two albums -- C'est Chic and Risqué -- would be, this highly enjoyable album put the group on the map commercially thanks to the infectious hits "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Everybody Dance." Some rock critics saw Chic as just another faceless disco production, but, in fact, the opposite is true -- with this album, Chic fashioned a very distinctive and recognizable sound that proved to be as influential in its era as Booker T & the MGs were in theirs. The sound that Chic established with this album was one that everyone from Queen and ABC to Sister Sledge, the Sugarhill Gang, and Madonna would benefit from. ~ Alex Henderson
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R&B - Released August 27, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

A 2013 release from Rhino, The 12" Singles Collection was released on vinyl and as a digital download. The vinyl edition consisted of five pieces of 180-gram vinyl. The sleeve design doesn't replicate the original releases, but it's sharp. Selection-wise, only the fifth piece is suspect, with 1982's "Hangin'" -- which didn't even register on the U.S. club chart -- and 1992's retro-contemporary "Chic Mystique" given the nod instead of, say, "Rebels Are We" and "Real People." The physical product is a nice collector's item and certainly helpful for purist DJs. For downloaders who are casual fans, several preferable and more representative options -- including The Best of Chic, Vol. 1, The Best of Chic, Vol. 2, and The Very Best of Chic -- were in circulation when this was released. ~ Andy Kellman
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Dance - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released June 22, 2010 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

"Doin' That Thing to Me" contains a reference to the mythological wizard Merlin in its lyrics. By some strange twist of nature, mythology was certainly at work when those reviewing Chic-Ism on its release in 1992 dismissed it purely because Chic were old hats. In actuality, the worst thing about it is the cover. Chic-Ism certainly isn't likely to make album of the century listings, but as Chic albums go, it's fine if a tad '80s, which is to be expected as it was recorded only two years into the '90s. What were critics expecting of Chic -- synthesizers à la Kraftwerk? Kicking in with the infectious "Chic Mystique," a little too long at six and a half minutes, it's pretty much business as usual. This leads into "Your Love" and "Jusagroove," both keeping pace before slowing down for "One and Only One." "In It to Win It" is a perfect update of their New York disco-funk style, a recipe that bands like the Brand New Heavies emulated in later years. The last stretch of the album includes "High," a beauty that is close enough a slowed down "Good Times." "MMFTCF (Make My Funk the Chic Funk)" and a better edited reprise of "Mystique" conclude. ~ Kelvin Hayes
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Disco - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

In 1981, a lot of rock & rollers were claiming that the disco era was officially over. Disco, of course, never really died -- a lot of the dance-pop, house music, Hi-NRG, and Latin freestyle that was recorded in the '80s and '90s was essentially disco -- but as far as many of the radio stations and record company A&R men of 1981 were concerned, disco was dead. And that was bad news for Chic, a group closely identified with the disco era. Even though a lot of Chic's work had as much to do with funk and soul as it did with the Euro-disco sound, Chic was unable to live down its reputation as a disco group. But Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards gave it a try with 1981's Take It Off, an admirable, if uneven, project that finds the group downplaying the Euro-disco elements. With R&B and funk as the foundation, Chic tries to branch out by incorporating elements of pop-rock on "Your Love Is Canceled," and jazz on "Flash Back" and "So Fine" (which shouldn't be confused with the "So Fine" that Kashif produced for R&B singer Howard Johnson in 1982). In fact, a few of Rogers' guitar solos give the impression that he'd been listening to a lot of Wes Montgomery. But as likable as the LP is, it didn't contain a major hit -- the single "Stage Fright" only made it to #34 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. And for a group that had enjoyed #1 pop and R&B smashes only two and three years earlier, that was certainly disappointing. ~ Alex Henderson
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Disco - Released February 5, 2008 | Rhino Atlantic

None of the albums that Chic recorded from 1980 to 1983 can be called essential, and none of them are in a class with C'est Chic or Risqué. Even so, they were generally respectable, and they didn't deserve to be ignored. When Tongue in Chic came out in 1982, the only people who were still buying Chic's albums were its most diehard fans. Black radio no longer seemed to be interested, which is ironic because the R&B charts of the early '80s were full of Chic-influenced groups (Change, High Fashion, Fantasy, among many others). Although Tongue In Chic isn't among the group's best albums and didn't contain any radio hits, it isn't a bad album either. "Hangin'," "Chic (Everybody Say)," and "I Feel Your Love Comin' On," demonstrated that Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were still quite capable of providing infectious R&B/funk grooves, and "City Lights" almost sounds like an example of early house music -- which isn't all that surprising when you consider that Marshall Jefferson and many other house icons were major Chic fans. ~ Alex Henderson
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Disco - Released March 20, 2015 | Warner Bros.

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Disco - Released August 23, 2006 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released January 1, 1970 | Atlantic Records

Released in 1978, just as disco began to peak, C'est Chic and its pair of dancefloor anthems, "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love," put Chic at the top of that dizzying peak. The right album at the right time, C'est Chic is essentially a rehash of Chic, the group's so-so self-titled debut from a year earlier. That first album also boasted a pair of floor-filling anthems, "Dance Dance Dance" and "Everybody Dance," and, like C'est Chic, it filled itself out with a mix of disco and ballads. So, essentially, C'est Chic does everything its predecessor did, except it does so masterfully: each side similarly gets its timeless floor-filler ("Le Freak," "I Want Your Love"), quiet storm come-down ("Savoir Faire," "At Last I Am Free"), feel-good album track ("Happy Man," "Sometimes You Win"), and moody album capper ("Chic Cheer," [RoviLink="MC"]"[Funny] Bone"[/RoviLink]). Producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were quite a savvy pair and knew that disco was as much a formula as anything. As evidenced here, they definitely had their fingers on the pulse of the moment, and used their perceptive touch to craft one of the few truly great disco albums. In fact, you could even argue that C'est Chic very well may be the definitive disco album. After all, countless artists scored dancefloor hits, but few could deliver an album this solid, and nearly as few could deliver one this epochal as well. C'est Chic embodies everything wonderful and excessive about disco at its pixilated peak. It's anything but subtle with its at-the-disco dancefloor mania and after-the-disco bedroom balladry, and Edwards and Rodgers are anything but whimsical with their disco-ballad-disco album sequencing and pseudo-jet-set Euro poshness. Chic would follow C'est Chic with "Good Times," the group's crowning achievement, but never again would Edwards and Rodgers assemble an album as perfectly calculated as C'est Chic. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Disco - Released August 3, 2006 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Disco - Released January 28, 2014 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released March 4, 2014 | Rhino Atlantic

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