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December 25, 2016

Chic – Take It Off (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Chic  is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group regarded themselves as a rock band for the disco movement “that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom”.

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Artist:  Chic
Title:  Take It Off
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  19323

Take It Off is the fifth studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in late 1981.
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.

 

Side one
1.  Stage Fright   (3:55)
2.  Burn Hard   (5:12)
3.  So Fine   (4:10)
4.  Flash Back   (4:28)
5.  Telling Lies   (2:28)

Side two
1.  Your Love Is Cancelled   (4:12)
2.  Would You Be My Baby   (3:34)
3.  Take It Off   (5:12)
4.  Just Out Of Reach   (3:45)
5.  Baby Doll   (3:10)

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