Live at the Budokan

Live at the Budokan

by Chic


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Live at the Budokan

In the '90s, two albums resulted from various reunions of Chic's co-founders/co-leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The first was 1992's Chic-Ism, a decent though uneven studio project that had its moments but fell short of the excellence of classics like C'est Chic and Risqué. The other was Live at the Budokan, a gem that was recorded in Tokyo, Japan in April 1996 for the JT Super Producers series. Sadly, this concert would be Edwards' last live appearance before his death, and for that reason, Budokan would be historically important even if Chic had given a mediocre performance that night. But this CD is far from mediocre. Rodgers and Edwards oversee an excellent band that includes, among others, singers Sylver Logan Sharp and Jill Jones, and drummer Omar Hakim -- and the sparks fly in a major way when this Chic lineup turns its attention to late-'70s favorites like "Good Times" (which is combined with the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"), "Le Freak," "Dance Dance Dance" and "I Want Your Love." Listeners will notice that on-stage these songs have a tougher, harder edge than they did in studio, and the same thing happens with the Sister Sledge classics "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "We Are Family" (both of which find Sister Sledge joining Chic on-stage). An interesting surprise comes when Chic moves into rock territory and joins forces with Steve Winwood and Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash for Jimi Hendrix's "Stone Free." When Rodgers was preparing to release Live at the Budokan on his Sumthing Else label, he decided against adding any overdubs or smoothing any of the rough edges. Clearly, he made the right decision.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1999
Label: Sumthing Else
UPC: 0669311100320
catalogNumber: 1003
Rank: 43048

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chic   Primary Artist
Sister Sledge   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Winwood   Organ,Vocals,Track Performer
Omar Hakim   Drums
Christopher Max   Vocals
Bernard Edwards   Bass,Vocals
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals
Mac Gollehon   Trumpet
Richard Hilton   Keyboards
Bill Holloman   Saxophone
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Slash   Guitar
Gerardo Velez   Percussion
Jill Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Rodgers   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Songwriter,Composer,Producer
Kenny Lehman   Composer
Gary Tole   Engineer
Sylver Logan Sharp   Contributor

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