Thursday, March 20, 2008

Best of the Chic Organization

Chic were the greatest band of the disco era. They are an anomaly as the producer is often the auteur in a disco song. To fully appreciate Chic you have to look at their production work for other singers. Luckily for you I have put together a one hour showcase of The Best of the Chic Organization.

  1. Spacer by Sheila & The B. Devotion
    This was written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. The drummer is Tony Thompson. So basically this was Chic with a different singer.
  2. I'm Coming Out (Chic Mix) by Diana Ross.
    Again, this is Chic with a different singer. Unfortunately Diana Ross is nobody's puppet:
    When the master tapes were submitted to Motown, a nervous Ross had resident Motown engineer Russ Terrana remix the album, toning down the funkier elements of Chic's playing, removing extended instrumental passages - and most noticeably, speeding up the tracks to give the singer's voice a brighter, more youthful sound.
    You can get the original Chic mixes now, they aren't really all that different (shhh!) but they are much cooler.
  3. My Forbidden Lover
  4. Good Times
  5. Le Freak
    All these are from Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best Of Chic. You have probably heard these before, but if you think you have you should listen again. They are so simple, so perfect. You may have heard the bass line of Good Times in a few other places too.
  6. 26 from The Best Of CHIC, Vol. 2.
    This very much a lesser known track, but I like it, the lyrics are funny.
    26, my baby's a 26 On a scale of 1 to 10, my baby's a 26
  7. We Are Family by Sister Sledge
  8. Lost In Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Remix)
  9. Thinking Of You by Sister Sledge
    These are all from the We Are Family album. Sister Sledge were a real group who had chart success. Here though they are just the latest singers to use Chic as producers and band. Actually that's a little unfair as there is some great singing here, especially on the album version of We Are Family.
  10. I Want Your Love from Live At The Budokan.
    This is here to show that Chic could cut it live. This was Bernard Edwards last performance before his death the next day. What a great group. I wish I had seen them.

1 comment:

  1. I might trouble you for a copy of this... will be in touch to arrange terms.