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CHIC Came Into Their Own On THis Album!!,
This review is from: C'Est Chic (Audio CD)I was 14 when this album came out and that was the summer
that I first started going to house parties
and block parties! Throughout the disco era,
I had my pick and choice of who and
what I listened to in this genre:
KC & The Sunshine Band, the late great Sylvester,
(and the other queens) Donna Summers,
Thelma Houston, etc., etc.!!
But you see, I was a young disciple of the
school of funk, and so Parliament / Funkadelic,
Bootsy's Rubberband, The Isley Brothers,
Earth, Wind & Fire, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan,
WAR, The Ohio Players and a young upstart at that time
from Minneapolis named Prince were getting heavy
rotation on my turntable!
Then in late 1977 and early '78, entered the sounds
of this new funky disco movement out of New York
called CHIC with their songs "Dance, Dance, Dance
(Yowsah-Yowsah!!)" and "Everybody Dance", and both
my funk quota and my disco quota would be fulfilled
for the next 2 or 3 yrs afterwards!
But this album, "C'est Chic", was the first CHIC
album that I bought, and I was hooked from there!
Mixing funky bottom bass from the late Bernard Edwards,
the scorching guitar licks and riffs of Nile Rodgers,
some tasty string arrangements, some catchy, choppy
and somewhat repetitve lyrics and vocals which still
caught your attention, the well-placed fender rhodes
and piano of Raymond Jones, and the hot drumming
of the late Tony Thompson...and you had a package
which reeked of "Good Times" (pun intended),
haute couture and GQ fashion, and late 70's
devil-may-care abandon!---Chic was simply, the bomb!
From the funky "Chic Cheer" to the disco smashes
"Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love", to gems like
"Happy Man", "At Last I Am Free" and "Funny Bone",
to the lush instrumentation of "Savior Faire",
this album is definitely CHIC's pi'ece de resistance!!
To my mind, CHIC stands out as one of my all-time
favorite groups of the disco era, and their sound
was influential beyond just disco too!
Included with both Sister Sledge's and Diana Ross'
Chic-produced classics came: 1980's acts like Change,
which begat Luther Vandross and his earlier
Chic-influenced sound, Madonna's "Like A Virgin" album,
which was produced by Nile Rodgers,
Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust",
The Power Station, which was an 80's collab group
of some of rock's elite with Tony Thompson's "thumpasonic"
drums booming in and both Bernard & Nile doing their
thing in the backdrop!..."Some Like It Hot!"
David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and "Modern Love",
and then of course...hip-hop was brought in by the
bass breakdown of another CHIC anthem called "Good Times",
by a group called The Sugarhill Gang and their song
What more needs to be said?...just buy this album!!