The Chic Organization - 1977-1979 6LP Boxset
Release Date: 23/11/2018
September sees the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records' biggest ever selling 7” single, Le Freak by CHIC, and with it the anniversary of their second album C’est CHIC. Both feature in our fantastic new box set, THE CHIC ORGANIZATION 1977-1979, due for release on 23rd November 2018.
Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were the creative backbone of CHIC, and founded the band in New York City in 1976, bringing together music and fashion after being inspired by a Roxy Music concert in London. The band’s first track "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" was picked up by Buddah Records in 1977 who, with the help of Jerry Greenberg at Atlantic Records, pressed up 1,000 promotional 12” records for radio and club play.
The band signed to Atlantic shortly thereafter and in the next two year period, they came to define late 70’s Pop and Disco genres with unstoppable CHIC hits including “Le Freak”, “Good Times”, “I Want Your Love”, “Everybody Dance”, “My Feet Keep Dancing", "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)", and “My Forbidden Lover”.
Following the success of their debut album, Jerry Greenberg invited Nile and Bernard to try their hand at production in 1978. The result was another all-time classic Disco album - Sister Sledge’s We Are Family, which yielded yet more of history's greatest Pop / Disco hits: “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, “We Are Family”, and “Lost In Music”.
THE CHIC ORGANIZATION 1977-1979 will be released on 6-disc half-speed mastered 180 gram vinyl, bringing together for the very first time Nile and Bernard’s full 70’s output, and features four albums, an exclusive bonus disc which compiles all the additional single-only 12” mixes and 7” edits. Exclusive to the vinyl box is a reissue of the Buddah Records 12” promo of "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” which features the original mix of the track by Disco DJ Tom Savarese. The full box set contents are:
Disc 1: CHIC / CHIC (1977)
Disc 2: CHIC / C’est CHIC (1978)
Disc 3: Sister Sledge / We Are Family (1979)
Disc 4: CHIC / Risqué (1979)
Disc 5 (LP only): CHIC / Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) Buddah Records 12” promotional single
Disc 6: CHIC / Original ’77-’79 Remixes & Edits (new and exclusive to the box sets)
The audio for THE CHIC ORGANIZATION 1977-1979 has been remastered from the original Atlantic stereo tapes by Miles Showell at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, with Miles also overseeing the half-speed mastering for the vinyl. As executive producer for the reissue, Nile Rodgers has personally overseen all elements of the audio remastering process.
All original vinyl sleeve artwork is faithfully replicated. The set includes a booklet with brand new liner notes by esteemed US and UK music writers Touré and Paul Morley.
CHIC / CHIC (1977)
A1. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
A2. São Paulo
A3. You Can Get By
B1. Everybody Dance
B2. Est-ce que c'est Chic?
B3. Falling in Love with You
B4. Strike Up the Band
CHIC / C'est CHIC (1978)
A1. Chic Cheer
A2. Le Freak
A3. Savoir Faire
A4. Happy Man
B1. I Want Your Love
B2. At Last I Am Free
B3. Sometimes You Win
B4. (Funny) Bone
Sister Sledge / We Are Family (1979)
A1. He's The Greatest Dancer
A2. Lost In Music
A3. Somebody Loves Me
A4. Thinking Of You
B1. We Are Family
B2. Easier To Love
B3. You're A Friend To Me
B4. One More Time
CHIC / Risqué (1979)
A1. Good Times
A2. A Warm Summer Night
A3. My Feet Keep Dancing
B1. My Forbidden Lover
B2. Can't Stand to Love You
B3. Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)
B4. What About Me?
CHIC / Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) [Buddah Records 12" Promotional single] (Vinyl Box Set only)
A. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
B. Sao Paolo
CHIC / Original '77-'79 Remixes & Edits (Bonus Disc)
A1. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (7" Edit)
A2. Everybody Dance (12" Mix)
A3. You Can Get By (7" Edit)
A4. Everybody Dance (7" edit)
A5. Le Freak (7" Edit)
B1. I Want Your Love (7" Edit)
B2. Good Times (7" Edit)
B3. My Forbidden Lover (7" Edit)
B4. My Forbidden Lover (12" Mix)
B5. My Feet Keep Dancing (7" Edit)