Sister Sledge – 1979 – We Are Family
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One of the greatest dancers … I mean, disco albums of all times! The Sledge sisters soulful vocals make this album a notch above CHIC’s own albums, the arrangements of piano, crisp rhythm guitar, thumping bass and a warm strings sound are timeless.
Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic produced this masterpiece for Sister Sledge. Easily the groups best release and not a weak track on the album. Unforgettable ballads and the uptempo tracks speak for themselves!
“We Are Family” is still kind of a guilty pleasure of ours, and that nice Nile Rogers guitar keeps on ripping along in a way that never gets old!
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Cotillion Record with covers.
A1 He’s The Greatest Dancer (6:04)
A2 Lost In Music (4:42)
A3 Somebody Loves Me (4:48)
A4 Thinking Of You (4:20)
B1 We Are Family (8:06)
B2 Easier To Love (4:55)
B3 You’re A Friend To Me (5:20)
B4 One More Time (3:07
The story of how the We Are Family album came to be is one of the players clicking together at the right time. Guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards were a crack production team that, along with the drummer Tony Thompson, formed the heart of the band Chic. Philadelphia siblings Debbie, Kim, Joni and Kathy Sledge had been on the R’n’B scene for several years but were still relative unknows when Atlantic Records match-made them with their labelmates Chic, who has scored a trio of pop hits with discotheque staples “Dance Dance Dance”, Everybody Dance” and “Le Freak”.
The sisters were given quality songs, with the music placed within a pristine setting courtesy of the core chic threesome, as well as dazzling horn players such us as trumpeter Jon Faddis and saxophonist/flautist Alex Foster and backing vocals by Luther Vandross and Chic singers Norma Jean Wright. The Result? Elegant, string-laden masterpieces such as “He’s The Greatest Dancer” and the euphoric “Lost In Music” that stand alongside Chic’s own work as perhaps the pinnacle of the disco area. Oh, and multi platinum sales. (Book : 1001 albums you must hear before you die)
Kathie, Jodi, Debra, and Kim Sledge has started recordings as Sister Sledge as teenagers in 1971. Based in Philadelphia they released some material on the Money Back label and worked as back up singers for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia
International. After signing to Atlantic in 1973, they had some minor success with the proto disco record “Love Don’t Go Through No Changes On Me” and “Mama Never Told Me” which reached the UK top 20 in 1975. By and large, however, they toiled in the background for half a decade until Chic saved them from obscurity. Recognizing that lead singer Kathie was, in traditional soul terms at least, one of the most skilled vocalists in disco, Rodgers and Edwards subtly changed the standard Chic formula in favor of full-blooded disco-gospel release. The first single “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, led by an amazing, popping, guitar figure from Rodgers, the single became the group’s first major hit, reaching the pop Top 10 and #1 on the RnB chart. As Well as boasting one of the great disco breakdowns, the song also highlighted Rodgers and Edwards’ songwriting prowess. The Album’s best writing, however, was to be found on “Lost In Music”. The album’s title track was even bigger. Based on a riff stolen from Children of God, “We Are Family” might have been a gospelesque get happy tune about the joy of sisterhood and became an all purpose anthem. (The Rough Guide To Soul and RnB.)