Release Date: 20 November 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Various Artists Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic - Complied by Joey Negro Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
The Chic production sound must be one of the most distinctive in disco, soul, funk… or pop music generally. Back when I was listening to commercial radio as a music-mad teenager in 1979/80, their records were omnipresent on the airwaves. It seemed that when one of their own songs just dropped out of the hit parade, it was replaced by a production for another act - be it Diana Ross, Sheila & B. Devotion or Sister Sledge - it was a constant stream of hits. When I heard songs like Norma Jean's “High Society” (a solo release from one of Chic's singers) blasting out my transistor radio, I knew straight away it was an Edwards & Rogers production, their style was so instantly recognizable. Firstly the playing and sound of both the guitar and bass was a giveaway, along with the precise vocal phrasing, rippling piano and discreet string parts. If it was the 12" mix then the bass breakdown and slow instrumental build up in the second half of the record was also part of the blueprint. Generally, Chic songs eschewed ad-libs or long solos; the style is more defined with each instrument having an exact placing – including the vocals. Records like “Good Times” and “We Are Family” weren’t just big club hits - yes, they were massive on dance floors but they were also pop crossovers all around the world. What was noticeable to me back then was even the rock guys I was friendly with (who generally despised disco) quietly liked Chic and admired their rock solid playing and grooves. I guess the best music has this universal appeal, from the casual listener who knows nothing about the fine details of song writing and production right through to the hardcore muso players who hear and appreciate its intricacies.
1. Good Times (Como Vamos a Gozar) - Charanga 76
2. I'm in Love (Joey Negro Edit) - Cela
3. Together - Odyssey
4. Easy Money - She
5. Let's Do It Again - Nightlife Unlimited
1. Not About That (Show Me Some Respect) - Van Jones
2. Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part Two) - Ann Margret
3. Don't Sneak On Me - Michael Zager Band
4. Heartache No. 9 (Special Remix Version) - Delegation
5. Feel the Beat (C'est Si Bon...) [feat. G.G. Gibson] - C.H.A.D.