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Disco - Released September 30, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released November 23, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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Produced with the involvement of Nile Rodgers and approval from the estate of partner Bernard Edwards, this box set remasters and recirculates Chic's first three albums and the contemporaneous We Are Family, in essence a Chic LP fronted by labelmates Sister Sledge. Another disc compiles edits and mixes of Chic-headlined singles of the same era. (The Chic Organization's commissioned works for labels other than their Atlantic home base, namely Norma Jean's self-titled album and Sheila & B. Devotion's "Spacer," aren't included.) During this period, the band surfaced and instantly reigned in clubs and on the Billboard dance chart, and with "Le Freak" and "Good Times," took their slick and funky disco-soul hybrid to the top of the Hot 100. The recordings created everlasting aftershocks throughout commercial and underground music, consequently making guitarist Rodgers, bassist Edwards, drummer Tony Thompson, and a team of vocalists led by Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin (with invaluable assistance from Luther Vandross) unwitting instigators of rap, dance-pop, and house music. The albums, all of which went either gold or platinum and have depth beyond the hits (start with the stunning "At Last I Am Free" and heavenly "Thinking of You"), are packaged individually in replica sleeves, joined by a booklet with lengthy essays from Paul Morley and Touré. The vinyl edition adds a reproduction of the 12" debut, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" b/w "São Paulo," issued on Buddah prior to the band's switch to Atlantic, as well as a third essay, written by Ashley Kahn. Regardless of format, the box is a straightforward alternative to the outtakes/remixes-packed The Chic Organization Box Set, Vol. 1: Savoir Faire (2010) and two-disc summary The Chic Organization: Up All Night - The Greatest Hits (2013), both of which are wider in scope but were not distributed in the U.S. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Pop - Released May 20, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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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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Disco - Released August 11, 1978 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released July 30, 1979 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released July 27, 2018 | Glitterbox Recordings

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Disco - Released January 1, 1977 | 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 /TiVo
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R&B - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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If Prince and Shalamar -- two artists who made their recording debuts in the late '70s -- could be relevant to the urban contemporary scene of 1983 and even cross over to pop-rock/new wave audiences, why not Chic? Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards hoped that Chic could, which is why 1983's Believer finds the group updating its sound with generally appealing, if uneven, results. Using a lot more keyboards and drum machines and favoring a more high-tech production style, Rogers and Edwards sound like they're trying hard to live down their reputation as a late '70s disco act. Urban contemporary considerations are strong, and some of the songs might have reached pop-rock and new wave audiences with the right promotion. The infectious "Party Everybody" contains more rapping than singing, and acknowledges hip-hop's popularity, which is appropriate considering how often hip-hoppers have sampled Chic over the years. And even though Believer falls short of being a gem, you have to admire Chic's ability to update its approach while continuing to sound incredibly distinctive. But the LP didn't contain any hit singles, and Believer would be Chic's last album for Atlantic. Chic broke up in 1985, although they reunited for 1992's uneven Chic-ism and 1996's superb Live at the Budokhan (neither of which were big sellers). The ironic thing is that while Rodgers and Edwards were very much in demand as producers during the '80s (when Rodgers produced such superstars as Duran Duran, Madonna, David Bowie, and the B-52s, and Edwards worked with the Power Station, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, and Jody Watley, among others), Chic itself never returned to the top of the charts. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Dance - Released May 24, 2017 | Music Manager

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Disco - Released January 28, 2014 | Rhino Atlantic

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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 /TiVo
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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 /TiVo
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Disco - Released March 29, 2019 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released August 11, 1978 | Rhino Atlantic

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R&B - Released March 20, 2015 | Warner Records

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Disco - Released February 8, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released November 23, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

Produced with the involvement of Nile Rodgers and approval from the estate of partner Bernard Edwards, this box set remasters and recirculates Chic's first three albums and the contemporaneous We Are Family, in essence a Chic LP fronted by labelmates Sister Sledge. Another disc compiles edits and mixes of Chic-headlined singles of the same era. (The Chic Organization's commissioned works for labels other than their Atlantic home base, namely Norma Jean's self-titled album and Sheila & B. Devotion's "Spacer," aren't included.) During this period, the band surfaced and instantly reigned in clubs and on the Billboard dance chart, and with "Le Freak" and "Good Times," took their slick and funky disco-soul hybrid to the top of the Hot 100. The recordings created everlasting aftershocks throughout commercial and underground music, consequently making guitarist Rodgers, bassist Edwards, drummer Tony Thompson, and a team of vocalists led by Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin (with invaluable assistance from Luther Vandross) unwitting instigators of rap, dance-pop, and house music. The albums, all of which went either gold or platinum and have depth beyond the hits (start with the stunning "At Last I Am Free" and heavenly "Thinking of You"), are packaged individually in replica sleeves, joined by a booklet with lengthy essays from Paul Morley and Touré. The vinyl edition adds a reproduction of the 12" debut, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" b/w "São Paulo," issued on Buddah prior to the band's switch to Atlantic, as well as a third essay, written by Ashley Kahn. Regardless of format, the box is a straightforward alternative to the outtakes/remixes-packed The Chic Organization Box Set, Vol. 1: Savoir Faire (2010) and two-disc summary The Chic Organization: Up All Night - The Greatest Hits (2013), both of which are wider in scope but were not distributed in the U.S. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Dance - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

Chic infused a production savvy, an elegance, and a rockish, full-bodied nature that informed all of the dance essentials on this late-1979 greatest-hits set. Taking tracks from their three albums from 1977-1979 does sound a little confining, but Greatest Hits more than works and shows the strides the band effortlessly made. The group's first single, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)," possesses the class and propulsive nature of prime dance music, with Bernard Edwards' basslines and Nile Rodgers' rhythm guitar giving the band its singular sound. Divorced from the '20s holdover kitsch of megaphones and "yowsahs," the ebullient "Everybody Dance" put them in a more contemporary setting, if not slightly ahead of the times. Greatest Hits doesn't trouble itself with getting earlier essentials from the band like "Falling in Love With You" or "Est-Ce Que C'est Chic," and squarely sets its sights on the most successful singles. The entries from C'est Chic include the moody and insistent "I Want Your Love" and the five-million-selling "Le Freak," which features the wry interplay between Edwards, Rodgers, and drummer Tony Thompson. Greatest Hits takes the sure shots from Risqué, the phenomenal "My Feet Keep Dancing" and the brilliant and sly "Good Times." In many respects this greatest-hits set, while rock-solid, also ended the Chic commercial era a few years before its time. In fact, this compilation, with its great cover and song selection, might be preferred to the subsequent overviews. © Jason Elias /TiVo

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