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The Chic Organization - Up All Night (The Greatest Hits)
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
This album has been a long time coming. Put simply, what we have here is most of the best CHIC Organization productions collected in their best mix and sounding the best they ever have on CD. For the casual fan, or any of the uninitiated who have learnt of CHIC due to Nile Rodgers' amazing work with Daft Punk, you have the most perfect collection to satisfy your needs. For the long standing fan there is more here for you than meets the eye.

Many of the Chic Organization tracks were pitched up when released on vinyl in the classic 1977-82 period covered here. But when they began to appear on CD in the early nineties, they were mastered at a slower speed and therefore did not sound the way that we had enjoyed them on vinyl. I had hoped that this would finally be rectified for the release of Savoire Faire - The Chic Organization Boxset but this was not to be. Many have remarked that this set is an edited version of that box but to my mind it is clearly an improvement upon it in some ways.

Disc 1:
01) Chic "Le Freak" (5:18)
This is how the track appeared on the original C'est Chic LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

02) Sister Sledge "He's The Greatest Dancer" (6:02)
This is how the track appeared on the original We Are Family LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

03) Diana Ross "Upside Down" (4:02)
This is the original hit mix that appeared on the original Diana LP and 12" Single. The less familiar CHIC mix was featured on the boxset instead.

04) Chic "Everybody Dance" (8:19)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single. The version on all previous CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

05) Sister Sledge "We Are Family" (8:07)
This is how the track appeared on the original We Are Family LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

06) Sheila & B. Devotion "Spacer" (6:14)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single. It has never been on CD in this version.

07) Chic "I Want Your Love" (6:48)
This is how the track appeared on the original C'est Chic LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower and flatter. INFERIOR DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

08) Sister Sledge "Lost In Music" (4:41)
This is how the track appeared on the original We Are Family LP. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower. INFERIOR DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

09) Norma Jean "Saturday" (6:03)
This is how the track appeared on the original Norma Jean LP and 12" Single. INFERIOR DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

10) Chic "Dance Dance Dance" (8:19)
This is how the track appeared on the original CHIC LP and 12" Single.

11) Sister Sledge "Got To Love Somebody" (6:48)
This is how the track appeared on the original Love Somebody Today LP and 12" Single.

12) Chic "My Feet Keep Dancing" (6:36)
This is how the track appeared on the original Risque LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

Disc 2: (76:53)
01) Chic "Good Times" (8:05)
This is how the track appeared on the original Risque LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower.

02) Diana Ross "I'm Coming Out" (5:19)
This is the original hit mix that appeared on the original Diana LP and 12" Single. The less familiar CHIC mix was featured on the boxset instead.

03) Carly Simon "Why" (8:08)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single.

04) Chic "My Forbidden Lover" (6:23)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single. It sounds much better than on the boxset.

05) Sister Sledge "Thinking Of You" (4:20)
This is how the track appeared on the original We Are Family LP. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is much slower. INFERIOR DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

06) Johnny Mathis "I Love My Lady" (5:19)
From an unreleased Johnny Mathis album CHIC produced in 1981. The track is the album's highlight and makes it's first appearance on a CHIC project here. NOT FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

07) Debbie Harry "Backfired" (6:19)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single.

08) Chic "Soup For One" (7:55)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single.

09) Norma Jean "High Society" (6:05)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single.

10) Sister Sledge "Reach Your Peak" (5:24)
This is how the track appeared on the original 12" Single.

11) Sheila & B. Devotion "Your Love Is Good" (4:45)
This is how the track appeared on the original US promo 12" Single. The sound quality is far improved than earlier CD masters.

12) Diana Ross "My Old Piano" (3:53)
This is the original hit mix that appeared on the original Diana LP and Single. NOT FEATURED ON THE CHIC BOXSET.

13) Chic "Chic Cheer" (4:40)
This is how the track appeared on the original C'est Chic LP and 12" Single. The version on most CD's since the early nineties is slower.

Quite simply, this set sounds better than any previous Chic CD release. The CHIC ORGANIZATION produced the classiest dance music in their heyday and it is collected here to enjoy like never before.

Simply ESSENTIAL! Buy now!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
It's no coincidence that the cover of this compilation mimics that of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' single and takes its title from the song's lyrics. Nile Rodgers wrote and played the rhythm guitar part on it and it is, unmistakably, the sound of Chic in 2013.

Consisting of 2 hours and 34 minutes of music recorded between 1977 and 1982, Chic not only salvaged the reputation of disco in the late seventies but enhanced it and took it to another level. Over 30 years later their music still sounds relevant and it transcends the disco era. With Rodgers' repetitive and addictive rhythm guitar riffs under-pinned by Bernard Edwards' extraordinary bass grooves, this is sophisticated, elegant, soulful and funky music. Add in the keyboards, strings, vocals and Tony Thompson's percussion and you have some of the most timeless music imaginable.

The nine songs by Chic and those by Sister Sledge and Diana Ross need little introduction. The Sister Sledge songs could almost be billed as Chic featuring Sister Sledge given that Rodgers and Edwards wrote, produced, arranged and played on them. Also featured is the 12" version of Debbie Harry's first solo single 'Backfired' (and it did indeed backfire - it flopped in both the US and UK) that's rescued by a killer bass groove from Edwards. Recorded in 1981, Johnny Mathis' 'I Love My Lady' is previously unreleased and it features a Samba backing track and although not particularly bad, it's one of the weaker songs here. Carly Simon's mid-tempo UK top ten hit 'Why' sounds lightweight now but it's (unsurprisingly!) rescued by the bass line. Shelia's 'Your Love Is Good' is smoother than smooth and Norma Jean Wright's 'Saturday' is, like almost everything else here, a joyous dancefloor filler.

Often imitated but never bettered (and extensively sampled), this is the perfect introduction to The Chic Organization. The liner notes include a brief but comprehensive overview of Chic and all of the songs featured. To emphasise the timeless appeal of this music, you could slot the aforementioned Daft Punk single anywhere on this two disc set and it wouldn't sound out of place.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
Without wishing to comment on the merits of brief gaps, I just wanted to mention that there IS indeed a clear gap between the tracks - it's not one of those horrid 'sequenced' releases that spoil the tracks for DJs, iPod rippers, or anyone who likes to re-burn their own selections onto CDRs for the car. A marvellous release, also it's mastered not too loud either so you can really use the volume controls to get the best out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
'The Chic Organisation', an album long overdue in my opinion as I've waited years for a collection of hits produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to be assembled in one compilation and in their original format as opposed to being spoiled by re-mixing.

The Chic hits of 'Le Freak', 'I Want Your Love', 'Good Times', 'My Forbidden Lover' etc are all contained here (perhaps would have been nice to see some lesser known tracks such as 'Happy Man' and 'Sometines You Win' also included but you can't have everything I suppose.)

The work carried out by Rodgers and Edwards on behalf of Sister Sledge ranks among some of the best classy disco records of the late seventies and they're all here in their full glory - 'We Are Family', 'He's The Greatest Dancer', 'Lost In Music', 'Thinking Of You', 'Got To Love Somebody'. The only omission being 'Easy Street'.

'Spacer' by Sheila B Devotion, sampled so poorly by many an artist, takes up its rightful stance along side its sister hits as well as Diana Ross's contributions of 'Upside Down' and 'I'm Coming Out'.

A couple of earlier productions for Norma Jean and a newly released track by Johnny Mathis also appear.

This album certainly carries the feel good factor and scores a ten out of ten for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There is not a lot more I can add here that has not already been said. A brilliant double CD collection of happy music to listen to whilst doing boring household tasks like the ironing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
Fabulous songs, take you back to fun times of the 70's / 80's. Didn't realise Nile Rodgers had written so many songs, a really excellent toe tapping, sing along selection!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2013
Have to agree with one review who said they do sound like they are at the right speed and sound like when they where on record. Love chic music since the 70s you cant not get better tunes for summer love the album well worth the money well happy :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2013
If you love this era of music...buy! It brought all those happy memories back and is blasted from my room all the time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2014
A great double album from the Chic Organization. Not only does this CD contain all Chic's well known hits but a host of other great performers including: Diana Ross,Sister Sledge,Carly Simon and Johnny Mathis. On a personal note I thought that Chic,led by the great Nile Rodgers stole the show when they played at Glastonbury.This performance reminded me just how good Chic always were and still are today. Excellent entertainment!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
Be informed! ORANGE sleeve v RED sleeve.

Fabulous music from Nile Rodgers and his Chic organisation. This album gives you the best of Chic along with many other tracks that Nile has worked his magic on with other artists, writing the track and producing it as an active guitar playing producer in the studio.

This original version of this Up All Night Greatest Hits compilation (the orange sleeve) only came out earlier in 2013 following Nile's success with Daft Punk's Get Lucky which sadly isn't included. The new version (Red Sleeve, 'Disco edition') is out in time for Christmas, and just changes 5 of the tracks, the other 20 are the same.

IN comes: Like A Virgin (Madonna), Frankie (Sister Sledge), The Reflex (Duran Duran), Chic minimix (Megamix) and a fabulous live medley recorded at Glastonbury 2013 (which actually would be better if it was a DVD). If you want these buy the RED one.

OUT goes: Got To Love Somebody (Sister Sledge), Backfired (Debbie Harry), Soup For One (Chic), High Society (Norma Jean Wright), Reach Your Peak (Sister Sledge). If you want these buy the ORANGE one.

I vote RED!
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