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"Five Stars" - by Michael Watson
A wonderful compilation of music from Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, and of course the artists themselves.

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"The timeless sound of Chic" - by OMG! It's got a plug! (UK)
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 ... full review

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"Fabulous tracks, fabulous mix." - by annebar
I thought Elton John's Are you ready for love, the 1st track on disc 1 a curious choice. Not a fan of his music, I can skip the 1st track and enjoy the rest of the disc and the other two discs. Some reviewers did not like the mix, preferring whole tracks, but I love it. I own many of the tracks on vinyl LP's and singles. I prefer CD's and the reproduction is much better than the originals. Also, there are a number of tracks I am unfamiliar with, but like. I think this is an excellent compilation and no Gloria Gaynor I will survive! The two Chaka Kahn numbers I have on cassette, so the tape will be thrown away now, these discs have much better sound quality. Such good value and 60 tracks hours of listening pleasure. Many good memories listening to these CD's.

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"Really good" - by peter thrift
Excellent! Sounds like Nile Rodgers is having fun on this disc.

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"Five Stars" - by mr.john vowles
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"NILE RODGERS & CHIC LIVE...SAYS IT ALL !" - by pete clack
Saw Nile Rodgers & Chic at Glastonbury this year, they were simply amazing and should have been headliners on the Sunday night (no reflection on Mumford and Sons who were great), but this was the music that lifts the spirits moves the feet and sends everyone home dancing and happy. This set recoreded in Amsterdam gives us seventy four minutes of that famous Chic groove and funk that dominated the dance scene for so long and of course Nile Rodgers produced the Daft Punk single Get Happy this year that went to number one. He's produced them all Madonna, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Sister Sledge,Diana Ross,Carly Simon and even Johnny Mathis plus of course Chic his own band. The roots of his music is the incredible groove laid down by the guitar, bass and drums the very soul of groove and funk, a base on which everything else is built, ... full review

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"Yowsah! Yowsah! Yowsah!" - by P. B. Koeb (Aljezur, Portugal)
A two disc compilation from out of the top drawer, which gives a superb and thorough overview of this pioneering soul/funk/disco outfit. It is sensibly skewed towards the brilliant opening trio of albums. The excellent debut yields five of its seven tracks and the monolithic "C'est Chic" all but one of its eight tracks. Unfortunately, it is the lovely "(At Last) I Am Free" which misses the cut. The brilliant "Risque" supplies five of its seven tracks. If done as an anthology, those seventeen songs would make up a monster single disc compilation.

Thereafter, Chic's albums were unarguably patchier, but each contained its moments. The acceptable "Real People" gets a good coverage, whilst "Take It Off", "Tongue In Chic" and "Believer" are not too heavily plundered. "Chic-ism" also supplies five tracks, while the "Soup For One" soundtrack provides a few welcome oddities. All the monumental stuff is there, though ... full review

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"For fans and newcomers" - by Constantin Declercq
A nice box set.
The idea of a box set with both their songs and the songs they produced for others is of course excellent.
And all the main songs are here. It's great to have the disco hits (including the hard to find 12" version of "My forbidden lover") and songs like "Why" and "Soup for one" in their long version. The Fonzi Thornton songs are great, much better than the Johnny Mathis' ones. Personally I understand why the album was shelved (the same goes with the original mix of "diana" we discovered in 2003 and I don't understand why on this box set we have the Chic mix of "Upside down" with its awful "I'm awa-a-a-a-re" in the middle).
The Dimitri from Paris' remixes are neither bad nor good. He takes five songs and streches them adding little touches. In the case of "I feel your love comin' ... full review

"Delighted to have this on CD" - by Cheshire Critic (Cheshire, UK)
Along with the late Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers was the creative genius behind disco phenomenon Chic, co-writing all their hits and contributing that distinctive and incomparable rhythm guitar groove, with tasty lead licks thrown in so occasionally that you were always left wanting more. And a little more of that exquisite guitar sound is what we get on this solo effort from the 1980s which I bought on vinyl on its original release. Whilst not yielding any hits, this album is, to this listener at least, every bit as good as the best of Chic. All music fans, whose appreciation of Chic extends above and beyond the 70s disco craze, will find plenty to savour here.

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"Five Stars" - by Chris
Awesome... just awesome!

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"A recession buster!" - by P. B. Koeb (Aljezur, Portugal)
You will probably be familiar with this re-issue format. Five sometimes haphazardly chosen releases in small card sleeves, all grouped together in a slip case. The format has its detractors, but you cannot complain about the value for money. Similarly with this package of five Chic albums which, actually, have been very thoughtfully selected.

This one contains the opening trio of essentials. This is very pleasing, given that the debut album was not especially easy to find. Then we get the fabulous follow up, entitled "C'est Chic", and brilliant "Risque". If that wasn't enough, the acceptable "Real People" also features. Whilst patchier than the preceding albums, it still has its moments. The set is completed by the weaker "Take It Off". That hardly matters, however, given the quality of what comes before. Really great value and wholly recommendable.

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"NILE RODGERS & CHIC LIVE...SAYS IT ALL !" - by pete clack
Saw Nile Rodgers & Chic at Glastonbury this year, they were simply amazing and should have been headliners on the Sunday night (no reflection on Mumford and Sons who were great), but this was the music that lifts the spirits moves the feet and sends everyone home dancing and happy. This set recoreded in Amsterdam gives us seventy four minutes of that famous Chic groove and funk that dominated the dance scene for so long and of course Nile Rodgers produced the Daft Punk single Get Happy this year that went to number one. He's produced them all Madonna, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Sister Sledge,Diana Ross,Carly Simon and even Johnny Mathis plus of course Chic his own band. The roots of his music is the incredible groove laid down by the guitar, bass and drums the very soul of groove and funk, a base on which everything else is built, ... full review

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"Not quite all originals" - by PhilL
I'm afraid I have to slightly disagree with the other review of this collection. The version of Rock Your Baby by George McCrae is most definitely not the original TK version. It appears to be a re-recorded version George made for a 2005 collection called "Latest and Greatest Hits". It's not exactly shoddy but, as is usually the case, it is vastly inferior to the original.

I don't understand why reputable labels such as Rhino insist on doing this. If you haven't got the rights to the original why not just use another track. If it's just a mistake, then it's pretty poor work by the compiler.

Otherwise an excellent compilation. Particularly enjoyed the Blue Magic, Five Special and Deodato selections

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"unstoppable funky beat" - by schumann_bg
Chic's concerts have a special vibe, perhaps surprisingly for disco, which is generally meant to be heard in clubs. They manage to get both - the perfection of the vocal nuances fitted exactly round the beat, and and the sense of live musicians playing with something flexible. Nile Rodgers is amazing; he has sustained the energy and freshness of his early work with Bernard Roberts better than anyone else, practically. You can sense how much he loves playing funk guitar, the rapport he has with the musicians, his generosity that flows to the band, the audience, through the music, it all sort of merges. In other words, it's the ideal live experience. The vocals of Silver Logan Sharp are spot-on, as is newcomer Jessica Wagner, and how elegant they are too ... all the band are dressed in white but all differently ... Geronimo on percussion is an unforgettable presence ... full review

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"I admit, I bought this after being inspired by the Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories...." - by Mr Brown (UK)
And what a wonderful collection of tracks this is. If you love electronic music, you will love this. I s*** you not.