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21
Jan

Chic – Believer (1983) – Lp

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:  Believer
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  780107-1

Believer is the seventh studio album by American band Chic, their last for the Atlantic Records label, and the last featuring the classic line-up of Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Tony Thompson.
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.
The album includes the singles “Give Me The Lovin'” (#57 US R&B), “You Are Beautiful” (issued only in France, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia), and “Party Everybody” (issued only in Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands).
All tracks written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

 

Side one
1.  Believer   (5:06)
2.  You Are Beautiful   (4:34)
3.  Take A Closer Look   (4:38)
4.  Give Me The Lovin’   (4:52)

Side two
1.  Show Me Your Light   (3:57)
2.  You Got Some Love For Me   (4:52)
3.  In Love With Music   (3:52)
4.  Party Everybody   (4:51)

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25
Dec

Chic – Take It Off (1981) – Lp

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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10
Aug

Chic – Risque (1979) – Lp

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:  Risque
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50634

Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era, the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave.

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).”

 

Side one
1.  Good Times  (8:08)
2.  A Warm Summer Night  (6:10)
3.  My Feet Keep Dancing  (6:38)

Side two
1.  My Forbidden Lover  (4:39)
2.  Can’t Stand to Love You  (2:56)
3.  Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)  (4:06)
4.  What About Me  (4:09)

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