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We Are Family Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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1. He's The Greatest Dancer
2. Lost In Music
3. Somebody Loves Me
4. Thinking Of You
5. We Are Family
6. Easier To Love
7. You're A Friend To Me
8. One More Time
9. We Are Family (Sure Is Pure Remix)
10. We Are Family (Steve Anderson DMC Remix)
11. Lost In Music (Sure Is Pure Remix)
12. Lost In Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rogers Remix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000337I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David W. Coleman on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It is interesting that ALL of the big hits cranked out by Nile Rodgers' and Bernard Edwards' Chic Organisation have one trait in common. Think of "Dance, Dance, Dance" "Le Freak" "I Want Your Love" "Good Times" "Upside Down" "I'm Coming Out" "Spacer" "Backfired" "Saturday" "He's The Greatest Dancer" and "We Are Family." The common thread is that all of these songs were sung by women. Something about this music (the thick bottom end, Tony Thompson's precise rhythm pushed forward, Nile being a one-man band on guitar, Bernard making swirling and intricate excursions through Funkland) makes it need a womanly sound to balance it out. The (relatively) few takes done by a male (mostly by Bernard) never did get over, although one duet, "Take It Off," got heavy dance floor play. Although Chic's work with Diana Ross was still two years away, THIS album was the one on which all of the elements came together for the organization's founding pair. That it represented their peak is definitively underscored by the fact that this album's follow-up, "Love Somebody Today," was such a disappointment. But then again, "We Are Family" (the album and the single) was a tough act to follow. In 1978, discotheques were a place for escape; a fantasyland for adults young and older. The album's lead single, "He's The Greatest Dancer," captured the romance of dancing like no other pop song has. The protagonist doesn't know much about the dancer, or how he'd treat a woman. And she doesn't much care! He looks beautiful, he moves beautiful, and she wants him to take her home.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Funky D on February 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sister Sledge had already been turning out records, albeit unsuccessfully, for 6 years before teaming up with the Chic Organization on this classic. However, "teaming" up is not exactly the correct term. In reality, this is a Chic record as Bernard and Nile wrote, arranged and produced all the tracks. The Sledges (Kathy in particular), were only vocalists on this album. However, they proved to be more adventurous than Chic's own vocal tandem of Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin were allowed to be.
Fortunately, the Sledges found Bernard and Nile at the peak of their "Chic sound" creativeness, and provided them with a fairly solid collection of tracks which were more stylistically varied than those found on Chic's "Risqué" album, which was also released in 1979.
Aside from the acclaim given to the title track anthem, notice in particular...
...the opening 17 seconds of "He's the Greatest Dancer" which are probably Chic's greatest clip of music. The groove is simply Bernard's bass, Nile's layered guitar, and Tony (Thompson)'s 4-on-the-floor drumbeat. This is one of only a few spots in the entire Chic catalog where the rhythmic foundation is laid completely bare.
...Nile's rare guitar solo on "One More Time"
...Nile's syncopated opening riff on "Thinking of You"
...Kathy's incredible vocal on the extended break in "We are Family" that was done in 1 take!
Keep in mind that although this is Sister Sledge's most well-known album, it is not really representative of the Sisters' sound. That would have to wait for later releases like "All American Girls" and "The Sisters".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the album where the talents of Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards met the vocal prowess of Sister Sledge, and it is a legendary success, in fact it is almost a greatest hits CD by itself, what with the anthemic title track, along with "He's The Greatest Dancer", "Lost In Music", and more, it represents the pinnacle of dance music during the late 70's, as the production of every track is superior to most disco output from the same era, not to mention much of todays. With very informative liner notes, including biographies and track by track analysis, this edition is definitely worth owning, in fact, this is a disco masterwork!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on March 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Everything came together for Sister Sledge and Chic in 1979 and the result was this monster hit of an album that is still selling very well, according to my research, almost 30 years after its release. The four sisters had been around for some time prior to "We Are Family" but had only moderate r&b success. Meanwhile, Chic were on the up and up following the disco/pop hit success of their first three albums, Chic, C'est Chic and Risqué. The songs and production by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers matched with the voices of Kathy, Debbie, Kim and Joni Sledge was pure heaven. I've never met anyone who doesn't know at least one of the songs on this album (and doesn't know the words to said song) and I've played tunes like "He's The Greatest Dancer", "Thinking Of You" and "We Are Family" at parties and people who weren't even born in 1979 have jumped up to dance. Every song is a winner and this is another album where it's next to impossible to choose favourite songs. If I had to though, my choice would be considered very odd by many: it would be "One More Time". Something about that song makes my heart smile every time I play or hear it. Also worth a mention is the brilliant piano work by Andy Schwartz & Robert Sabino.

And that on the title track - all 8mins and 20secs of it - Kathy Sledge delivers a lead vocal and ad lib performance, the likes of which I had never heard before and have never heard since.

This is a classic disco CD I think everyone should have and my only gripe is with the four remixes at the end of the CD.
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