C'est Chic

C'est Chic

by ChicChic


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Released in 1978, just as disco began to peak, C'est Chic and its pair of dancefloor anthems, "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love," put Chic at the top of that dizzying peak. The right album at the right time, C'est Chic is essentially a rehash of Chic, the group's so-so self-titled debut from a year earlier. That first album also boasted a pair of floor-filling anthems, "Dance Dance Dance" and "Everybody Dance," and, like C'est Chic, it filled itself out with a mix of disco and ballads. So, essentially, C'est Chic does everything its predecessor did, except it does so masterfully: each side similarly gets its timeless floor-filler ("Le Freak," "I Want Your Love"), quiet storm come-down ("Savoir Faire," "At Last I Am Free"), feel-good album track ("Happy Man," "Sometimes You Win"), and moody album capper ("Chic Cheer," "[Funny] Bone"). Producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were quite a savvy pair and knew that disco was as much a formula as anything. As evidenced here, they definitely had their fingers on the pulse of the moment, and used their perceptive touch to craft one of the few truly great disco albums. In fact, you could even argue that C'est Chic very well may be the definitive disco album. After all, countless artists scored dancefloor hits, but few could deliver an album this solid, and nearly as few could deliver one this epochal as well. C'est Chic embodies everything wonderful and excessive about disco at its pixilated peak. It's anything but subtle with its at-the-disco dancefloor mania and after-the-disco bedroom balladry, and Edwards and Rodgers are anything but whimsical with their disco-ballad-disco album sequencing and pseudo-jet-set Euro poshness. Chic would follow C'est Chic with "Good Times," the group's crowning achievement, but never again would Edwards and Rodgers assemble an album as perfectly calculated as C'est Chic.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1992
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075678155222
catalogNumber: 1050221
Rank: 31945

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chic   Primary Artist
Luther Vandross   Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Horn
David Lasley   Vocals
Alex Foster   Horn,Saxophone
Bernard Edwards   Bass,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor
Alfa Anderson Barfield   Vocals
Marianne Carroll   Strings,Violin
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Jeanie Fineberg   Horn,Saxophone
Diva Gray   Vocals
Cheryl Hong   Strings,Violin
Luci Martin   Vocals
Karen Milne   Strings,Violin
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Jose Rossy   Percussion
Robert Sabino   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Ellen Seeling   Trumpet,Horn
Alfa Anderson   Vocals
Andrew Barrett   Keyboards
Tony Thompson   Drums
Raymond Jones   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Burt Szerlip   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Chic Strings   Contributor

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