The Lowlist: Chic's C'est Chic was pure groove genius

Chic's C'Est Chic album
(Image credit: Atlantic records)

New York’s Chic created arguably the defining sounds of the disco era. Between them, guitarist Nile Rodgers, bass player Bernard Edwards and drummer Tony Thompson were a unique musical engine room that would provide the basis for some of the biggest artists in the world.

Released in August 1978, the album built on the success of Chic’s self-titled debut album of the previous year, and with the turbocharge provided by lead single ‘Le Freak’, the album cemented the band’s reputation as a musical force to be reckoned with. The LP reached number 4 on the US album charts and topped the R&B album charts for 11 weeks, reaching platinum status while ascending to number two in the UK album charts. The success of ‘Le Freak’ – particularly in the US, where it sold more than seven million copies and was the best-selling 7” single in the history of Atlantic Records – virtually guaranteed high sales of the album.

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