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King of the World


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000073RO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Avenger on 23 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is the original album. The UK version has the original 8 tracks. However the French version has extra tracks (remixes of "spacer" plus the US promo mix of "your love is good" and uses the master tapes held by warner music France so sounds better) and is available from amazon. fr. The album was produced by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards of Chic and has the distinct chic-sound. Rodgers has said that french record label carrere approached him and asked if he could boost the career of top french singer Sheila, particularly in the english market, where she had had a disco hit with "Singin in the rain". As Rodgers & Edwards were just doing the same thing in the US with Sister Sledge (the "we are family" album) they agreed. They used the album to experiment with a more rock sound, hence the rock-feel to some of the songs. However, though some of the songs are OK (charge plates and credit cards/cover girls) they don't match the panache of "spacer" which is the only hit single. Still it is a must buy for anyone who loves the Chic-sound
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Better known as the "Spacer" album from Sheila.B Devotion. Originally issued in 1979, this cult LP is finally available ! Produced by the CHIC team for the most popular French female singer . It is not 100 % Disco music, some of the tracks are more Rock-Disco oriented. The original version of "Spacer" (a worldwide hit) is a pure gem and still a classic floor-filler. Best cuts: "Don't go", "King of the world", "Your love is good", "Cover girls" and "Charge plates and credit cards".
Diana Ross was initially planned for this LP but for an obscure contract reason, she switched it for the "Upside down" project which was originally planned for Sheila !
It is said David Bowie decided to work with CHIC on the "Let's dance" LP after he heard this unbelievable record.
This LP is timeless, go for it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By whitesocked funker on 4 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the classic albums produced by the CHIC organization (Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers) for other artists. The album features all of the players and singers known from Chic's own albums, as well as those they produced for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and others. Tony Thompson is there with his trademark drumsound, Nile and Bernard play their funky guitar and bass and original Chic singers Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, Fonzi Thornton and Michelle Cobbs provide backup vocals.

The album was especially commissioned in 1980 for French singer Sheila (so Miss Ross was never in the picture for this release), who had had some international success the previous year with her disco-style "Singin In The Rain" album. Edwards/Rodgers weren't too sure how to handle this project and neither was Sheila- you can tell she has no clue what she is actually singing about in some cases.

Nevertheless, it is a great album that deserved to be rereleased on CD. It had previously only been released in France and has been very sought after by Chic fans.

So if you are a fan of the Chic sound, you can't go wrong with this album. Though not the best Chic Organization production, it does contain several classic tracks, but it is definitely worth for the full length version of "Spacer" alone which remains one of the best Chic-penned songs ever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE on 29 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
"spacer" the track everyone knows..and if they dont they should!...pure pop classic!!! was released when i was about 10...i had it on a k-tel compilation...fell in love immediately!!! it only got into the lower reaches of the top 20 but has been one of my favourite tunes ever since!

sheila never had another hit in the uk...and the album has never been released on cd before..so its a bit of a gem! Produced by chic..in their style its been worth 25 years waiting for!

its not magical...nothing comes near "spacer" but with a few listens it becomes wonderful in a camp eartha kitt way!!!!

the album opens with the 12" version of "spacer"....worth buying for this alone! "mayday" is a weak song but after a few listens its fine, "charge plates and credit cards" is camp and classy at the same time "misery" is a kids from fame track! "king of the world" was the follow up single that didnt do much but its over the top and great."cover girls" is very chic.."your love is good" and could be a chic song...the last song "don't go" follows suit!

when i first listened to this album i was a bit disappointed but on the 2nd listen it became fine..the 3rd time i fell in love!

WARNING!!! dont buy this album if you are expecting deep lyrics..but if you like a bit of camp..sorry a lot of camp!...a bit "saturday night fever" or a bit of classic chic....buy it!

its a piece of time that was fun and carefree! and we all need a bit of that!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
King of the World is a unique album that came about when Chic were put in touch with the French singer Sheila (and B. Devotion) to help revive her career. The album was then released by Warner in France only, although the mega-hit Spacer was released more universally. However even this was possibly hampered to some extent by Sheila's accent. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards certainly crafted a very engaging disco album, of which Spacer is the standout track. The whole thing is unmistakeably by Chic, with touches of rock in some of the numbers that suit something in the voice. It is interesting how the writers came up with a slightly different style here than for Diana Ross on Diana or Sister Sledge on We Are Family. Highlights include King of The World, which is quite OTT, and Mayday, and Charge Plates and Credit Cards, but actually all the tracks are enjoyable, and linked by a futuristic, sky-borne feel to the lyrics. Spacer, though, is really in a league of its own, right from the magical introductory piano solo. (Apparently it was hearing this that led David Bowie to contact Chic, who later wrote his biggest-selling hit, Let's Dance, for him.) It's a standout number in the Chic canon that is worthy to stand next to Upside Down, that took all the discos of the world by storm in 1980. Ross's delivery is airier, wispier even, than Sheila's, but Sheila is absolutely right for this material, and the booklet gives all the lyrics and some splendid cover photos of the original releases. This CD release also contains a further five versions of Spacer and one of Your Love Is Good, while the disc itself is a superb dusky raspberry colour.
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