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Disco - Released January 1, 1970 | Atlantic Records

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Disco - Released January 1, 1977 | Rhino Atlantic

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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 30, 1979 | Rhino Atlantic

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 /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 1982 | Mirage Records - Unidisc Music Inc.

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Disco - Released November 14, 1983 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released September 8, 1992 | Rhino

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Disco - Released February 8, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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In the early '80s, Chic's influence on other artists was hard to miss. Change, Fantasy, Luther Vandross, the Talking Heads, Grace Jones and Queen were among the many artists who were incorporating elements of the Chic sound. It was ironic and quite amusing to hear some members of the "Death to Disco!" brigade blaring Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" on their car stereos during the summer of 1980, for that funk-rock ditty was obviously based on "Good Times." But Chic itself was seeing its popularity start to fade, and fans were realizing that the group had reached its creative peak in the late '70s. Like other albums that Chic recorded in the early '80s, Real People is competent but less than essential. Diehard fans will find that while "Rebels Are We," "I Got Protection" and "Chip off the Old Block" are likable and catchy, they aren't in a class with "Good Times" or "Le Freak." This is a decent album, but it's also the work of a group that was past its prime. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Dance - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Dance - Released November 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released August 3, 2006 | Rhino Atlantic

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Disco - Released August 3, 2006 | Rhino - Warner Records

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Dance - Released August 3, 2006 | Rhino - Warner Records

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R&B - Released December 4, 2006 | Rhino Atlantic

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