We Are Family [Deluxe Edition]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before 1979's We Are Family, Sister Sledge wasn't a huge name in the R&B/disco world. The group had enjoyed a small following and scored a few minor hits, including "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me" in 1974 and "Blockbuster Boy" in 1977. But it wasn't until We Are Family that the Philadelphia siblings finally exploded commercially, and the people they have to thank for their commercial success are Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The Rodgers/Edwards team handles all of the writing, producing, and arranging on this album; so not surprisingly, almost everything on We Are Family is very Chic-sounding. That is true of the sexy "He's the Greatest...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before 1979's We Are Family, Sister Sledge wasn't a huge name in the R&B/disco world. The group had enjoyed a small following and scored a few minor hits, including "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me" in 1974 and "Blockbuster Boy" in 1977. But it wasn't until We Are Family that the Philadelphia siblings finally exploded commercially, and the people they have to thank for their commercial success are Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The Rodgers/Edwards team handles all of the writing, producing, and arranging on this album; so not surprisingly, almost everything on We Are Family is very Chic-sounding. That is true of the sexy "He's the Greatest Dancer" and the anthemic, uplifting title song both of which soared to number 1 on the R&B charts, as well as excellent album tracks like the lush "Easier to Love," the perky "One More Time," and the addictive "Thinking of You." The least Chic-sounding tune on the album is the ballad "Somebody Loves Me," which favors a classic sweet soul approach and is the type of song one would have expected from Thom Bell, Gamble & Huff, or Holland-Dozier-Holland rather than Rodgers/Edwards. Meanwhile, the intoxicating "Lost in Music" a number 35 R&B hit is about as Chic-sounding as it gets. When Rhino reissued We Are Family on CD in 1995, it added four bonus tracks, all of which are remixes of either the title song or "Lost in Music." These remixes are intriguing; it's interesting to hear late-'70s classics turned into high-tech 1990s dance-pop. But they are less than essential, and the original versions are by far the best -- how can you improve on perfection? Both creatively and commercially, We Are Family is Sister Sledge's crowning achievement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227158729
  • Catalog Number: 71587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He's the Greatest Dancer (6:15)
  2. 2 Lost in Music (4:52)
  3. 3 Somebody Loves Me (4:59)
  4. 4 Thinking of You (4:31)
  5. 5 We Are Family (8:23)
  6. 6 Easier to Love (5:05)
  7. 7 You're a Friend to Me (5:31)
  8. 8 One More Time (3:17)
  9. 9 We Are Family (8:04)
  10. 10 We Are Family (8:13)
  11. 11 Lost in Music (8:38)
  12. 12 Lost in Music (6:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sister Sledge Primary Artist
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet
David Lasley Background Vocals
Alex Foster Flute, Saxophone, Wind
Bernard Edwards Bass
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Marianne Carroll Strings
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Jeanie Fineberg Saxophone
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Cheryl Hong Strings
Karen Milne Strings
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Barry Rogers Trombone
Robert Sabino Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Ellen Seeling Trumpet
Debbie Sledge Vocals
Joni Sledge Vocals
Kathy Sledge Vocals
Kim Sledge Vocals
Norma Jean Wright Background Vocals
Alfa Anderson Background Vocals
Andrew Barrett Piano
Tony Thompson Drums
Raymond Jones Keyboards, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Bernard Edwards Composer, Producer
Nile Rodgers Composer, Producer
Ken Barnes Liner Notes
Don Berman Engineer
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Burt Szerlip Engineer
Kalama Koanui Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely lovely

    This album is a Pop/R'n'B masterpiece of incredible melodies and lush mellowness, "He's The Greatest Dancer" is dynamic and spontaneous without being loud. "We Are Family" raises a permanent smile with wonderfully optimistic and inspirational lyrics. "Thinking Of You" is absolutely sweet and sentimental and "Easier To Love" channels the group's positive message into an anti-war, pro-nuclear disarmament song with picturesque lyrics of what a perfect world this could be. You never hear this in music anymore..... nowadays lyrics are always negative, twisted and confrontational, melodies are awful, and the overall vibe is just sickening and depressing. Pick this album up and reminisce on a better time for music.

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