|Studio album by Chic|
|Released||August 11, 1978|
|Genre||Disco, funk, R&B|
|Producer||Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards|
|Singles from C'est Chic|
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C'est Chic includes the band's classic hit "Le Freak", which topped the US Hot 100 chart, US R&B, and US Club Play in October 1978, selling six million copies in the US alone and is to date both Atlantic Records' and parent company Warner Music's best-selling single ever – a record it's held for 35 years. C'est Chic also contains follow-up single "I Want Your Love" (#5 R&B, No. 7 Pop February 17, 1979) and the track that has since become the band's anthem; "Chic Cheer".
The C'est Chic album reached No. 4 on Billboard's album chart and topped the US R&B chart for eleven weeks. C'est Chic was Billboard Magazine's 1979 R&B Album of the Year, claiming the number one spot on Billboard's Year End Review. The album was certified platinum by RIAA, selling well over a million copies.
C'est Chic was transferred to compact disc and re-released by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991 (catalogue number 7567-81552-2). The album was digitally remastered and re-issued by Warner Music Japan in 2011.
All songs written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.
- Side A
- Side B
- "I Want Your Love" – 6:45 Listen (help·info)
- "At Last I Am Free" – 7:08
- "Sometimes You Win" – 4:26
- "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41
- Alfa Anderson - lead vocals
- Luci Martin - lead vocals
- Bernard Edwards - vocals, bass guitar
- Nile Rodgers - guitar, vocals
- Tony Thompson - drums
- Diva Gray – vocals
- David Lasley – vocals
- Luther Vandross – vocals
- Robert Sabino – clavinet, acoustic piano and electric piano
- Andy Schwartz – clavinet, acoustic piano and electric piano
- Raymond Jones – Fender Rhodes
- Sammy Figueroa – percussion
- Jose Rossy – tubular bells
- Marianne Carroll (The Chic Strings) – strings
- Cheryl Hong (The Chic Strings) – strings
- Karen Milne (The Chic Strings) – strings
- Jon Faddis – trumpet
- Ellen Seeling – trumpet
- Alex Foster – saxophone
- Jean Fineberg – saxophone
- Barry Rodgers – trombone
- Gene Orloff – concert master
- Bernard Edwards – producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
- Nile Rodgers – producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
- Bob Clearmountain – sound engineer
- Burt Szerlip – engineer
- Jeff Hendrickson – engineer
- Ray Willard – engineer
- All songs recorded and mixed at Power Station in New York. Mastered at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.
Early 1980 their compatriot Dingetje (more or less the Dutch Weird Al Yankovic) made it the backing track for Dit is de zender van Illegale Joop chronicling a 27 MC-conversation on soon-to-be-closed pirate-radio.
The intro cinematic in the video game Krazy Ivan has this song as part of its background music.
"Le Freak" is one of the featured songs in the video game Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova 2.
"Le Freak" is heard in the 2004 movie Shrek 2.
- List of number-one R&B albums of 1978 (U.S.)
- List of number-one R&B albums of 1979 (U.S.)
- Billboard Year-End