YEAR RELEASED: 1977
CHART ACTION: #27, #12 R&B
SINGLES: Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (#6 US, #6 US R&B, #1 US Dance, #6 UK), Everybody Dance (#38 US, #12 US R&B, #1 US Dance, #9 UK), You Can Get By (#1 US Dance)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Norma Jean Wright, Bernard Edwards, Nile Rogers, Tony Thompson, Raymond Jones and a lot of session musicians including Luther Vandross
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Disco album showcases the funk and soul in the blood of Edwards and Rogers and starts their career as musicians and producers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Rogers and Edwards had recorded demos, were gigging around New York and had been in a group called New York City which had a hit in 1973, but after seeing Roxy Music and Kiss they joined up with Tony Thompson, then added Norma Jean Wright and keyboardist Raymond Jones to form an actual band that would have a seamless image and style. Hence the name, Chic.
The singles, plus a couple of other tracks, are good to great examples of melding funk with disco. The arrangements and production showed that disco was more than just a dance genre, it had its own style and rhythm and funk.
Not everything works, and they had to extend some songs beyond the sell-by point to fill an album. But it introduced the sound, and got Rogers and Edwards fast tracked into production and arrangement.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Wright sang with Chic and also started a solo career. The contract issues of her solo work forced her to leave the band a year later. Oh, and the cover photo were just models, not anyone in the band.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: One ballad exiled, and a couple tracks just OK ear candy. The rest is great disco.