Take It Off

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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. And for a group that had enjoyed #1 pop and R&B smashes only two and three years earlier, that was certainly disappointing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140932326
  • Catalog Number: 9323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stage Fright (3:54)
  2. 2 Burn Hard (5:13)
  3. 3 So Fine (4:10)
  4. 4 Flash Back (4:26)
  5. 5 Telling Lies (2:29)
  6. 6 Your Love Is Cancelled (4:12)
  7. 7 Would You Be My Baby (3:31)
  8. 8 Take It Off (5:11)
  9. 9 Just out of Reach (3:45)
  10. 10 Baby Doll (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chic Primary Artist
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Bernard Edwards Bass, Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Conductor, Vocals
Jocelyn Brown Vocals
Alfa Anderson Barfield Vocals
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michelle Cobbs Vocals
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Raymond Maldonado Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Luci Martin Vocals
Lenny Pickett Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Robert Sabino Keyboards
Roger Squitero Percussion
Fonzi Thornton Vocals
Alfa Anderson Vocals
Jacelyn Brown Vocals
Vinny de la Rocca Tenor Saxophone
Tony Thompson Drums
Ray Jones Keyboards
Raymond Jones Keyboards
Technical Credits
Paul Stanley Composer
Bernard Edwards Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nile Rodgers Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jason Corsaro Engineer
Bob Ezrin Composer
Dennis King Mastering
Sandi Young Art Direction
Tony Wright Artwork
W.G. Scheniman Engineer
Roberts Composer
W.G. Scheniman Engineer
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