Très Chic! is the sequel to C'est Chic!, the top-selling celebration of French girl singers of the 1960s released on our Ace International imprint a couple of years back. The collection spans the years 1964 to 1969 and is available in 24-track CD and 12-track deluxe vinyl album formats.Serge Gainsbourg, eminence grise of Gallic girl pop, is represented on the CD version via Attends Ou Va-T'en by France Gall, Comment Te Dire Adieu by Françoise Hardy, Au Risque De Te Deplaire by Marie-Blanche Vergne, Les Papillons Noirs by Michèle Arnaud and Sous Le Soleil Exactement by iconic singing actress Anna Karina. Other highlights include Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut, a cool French cover of US girl group the Lollipops' Busy Signal by Roger Vadim discovery Gillian Hills, and Jacqueline Taïeb's 7 AM, the rare English language version of her celebrated 7 Heures Du Matin. Hand-picked titles by Annie Philippe, Elsa, Violaine, Pussy Cat, Brigitte Bardot, Delphine, Liz Brady, Valérie Lagrange and Violaine complete the set. The accompanying 20-page booklet features an illustrated track commentary by Ace's in-house yé-yé fanatics Mick Patrick and Malcolm Baumgart.
In 1981, a lot of rock & rollers were claiming that the disco era was officially over. Disco, of course, never really died – a lot of the dance-pop, house music, Hi-NRG, and Latin freestyle that was recorded in the '80s and '90s was essentially disco – but as far as many of the radio stations and record company A&R men of 1981 were concerned, disco was dead. And that was bad news for Chic, a group closely identified with the disco era. Even though a lot of Chic's work had as much to do with funk and soul as it did with the Euro-disco sound, Chic was unable to live down its reputation as a disco group. But Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards gave it a try with 1981's Take It Off, an admirable, if uneven, project that finds the group downplaying the Euro-disco elements.
CHIC's third album has been praised by many as their very finest, yet - perhaps because of the impossible task of surpassing two monster albums (C'est CHIC + We Are Family) - I feel this comes off a wee bit disappointing. Of course, there was the ambiguous "Good Times", possibly CHIC's very greatest track with Nard's classic bass line, this first single has made history of its own, and there's no denying the splendid quality of this record. "A Warm Summer Night" is a sensuous instrumental that belongs among my favourites with its corny "Te quiero papi" whisper. Needless to say, the music is faultlessly played, repeating the theme over and over again.
Aérophone poursuit sa quête d’espaces nouveaux, dans le prolongement esthétique d’un autre fameux trio avec trompette et tambour, celui de Dave Douglas (Tiny Bell), dont on regrette fort qu’il ait si vite disparu des écrans-radar. En effet, les possibilités offertes par cette instrumentation sont encore largement inexplorées, ou du moins très ouvertes. D’emblée, le parcours proposé par « Souris de poche », ondoyant, divers, rebondissant, surprenant même, déploie toutes les facettes de la manière à la fois savante et séduisante du trio : phrasé aux arêtes vives, rythmes superposés et variés, tendresse du son.
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic is a greatest hits album of recordings by American R&B band Chic, released by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991. The compilation covers the hits and best-known album tracks from the band's early career, 1977–1979, with the addition of 1982 track "Soup For One"…