Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic

Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic

by Chic
     
 

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With Chic, Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards took the audacious energy of late '70s soul and gave it a champagne edge, bringing to it a sense of elegance and smooth sophistication. Chic's sound was built around Rodgers's scratchy guitar riffs and Edwards's pointed bass lines, with drummer Tony Thompson and vocalists Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin filling out

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With Chic, Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards took the audacious energy of late '70s soul and gave it a champagne edge, bringing to it a sense of elegance and smooth sophistication. Chic's sound was built around Rodgers's scratchy guitar riffs and Edwards's pointed bass lines, with drummer Tony Thompson and vocalists Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin filling out the mix. This was music you could dance to, but it was proudly cool and detached, more about shaking your rump a little than losing yourself in a cathartic blast of rhythmic ecstasy. Most of the songs on this collection, including "Dance, Dance, Dance," "Le Freak," "Everybody Dance," and "Good Times," are emblematic of the disco era, but more because of the music's class orientation than its excess. Chic's role in the evolution of pop went one step further when "Good Times" was used by the Sugarhill Gang as the instrumental basis for "Rapper's Delight," the first major rap hit. Rodgers also went on to produce hits for Diana Ross, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Floyd
You think disco was nothing more than assembly line funk and freeze-dried beats? Then you need to step into the crisp grooves and walloping boogie found on this stunning collection of Chic's '70s recordings. Such hits as "Good Times," "Dance Dance Dance," and "Le Freak" used the stylistic innovations of James Brown and Sly Stone as a blueprint for a new era of funk. Bernard Edwards' basslines are so provocative they seem to talk, while Nile Rodgers' skeletal guitar runs hark back to Steve Cropper's slashing style. Sure, the songs don't say much. Sure, the dance mixes collected here ramble on after about six minutes. But once you step into these grooves -- grooves that influenced an entire generation of artists from David Byrne to Prince -- you will realize that these were indeed good times.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1991
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678233326
catalogNumber:
82333
Rank:
54360

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Performance Credits

Chic   Primary Artist
Luther Vandross   Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
David Lasley   Vocals
George Young   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Foster   Saxophone
Bernard Edwards   Bass,Conductor,Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor
Jocelyn Brown   Vocals
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Marianne Carroll   Strings
Robin Clarke   Vocals
Michelle Cobbs   Vocals
Tom Coppola   Keyboards
Eddie Daniels   Horn
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Jeanie Fineberg   Saxophone
Diva Gray   Vocals
Cheryl Hong   Strings
Kenny Lehman   Woodwind
Luci Martin   Vocals
Robert Millikan   Horn
Karen Milne   Strings
Meco Monardo   Horn
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Barry Rodgers   Trombone
Robert Sabino   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet
Ellen Seeling   Trumpet
Norma Jean Wright   Vocals
Alfa Anderson   Vocals
Joe Rossy   Tubular Bells
Andrew Barrett   Keyboards
Tony Thompson   Drums
Raymond Jones   Keyboards,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer
Alfred Brown   String Contractor
Jean Charles Costa   Liner Notes
Kenny Lehman   Arranger,Producer
Michael Mazzarella   Research Coordination
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Chic Strings   Contributor

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