We Are Family (album)

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We Are Family
Studio album by Sister Sledge
Released January 1979 (US)
30 April 1979 (UK)
Recorded 1978-1979 at The Power Station, New York City, New York
Genre Pop, disco, soul, funk
Length 43:56
Label Cotillion Records
Producer Nile Rodgers
Bernard Edwards
Sister Sledge chronology
Together
(1977)
We Are Family
(1979)
Love Somebody Today
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]
Smash Hits 7/10[3]

We Are Family is a 1979 album by Sister Sledge. The album which was both written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the band Chic and includes four hit singles: the anthemic title track, "He's the Greatest Dancer", "Lost in Music", and "Thinking of You", all four of which have been sampled, remixed, and reissued through the 80's, 90's and 2000's.

We Are Family is one of two albums produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in 1979, the other being Chic's third album Risqué including hit singles "Good Times" and "My Forbidden Lover".

We Are Family was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Rhino Records in 1995.

Nile Rodgers has written that of the various albums produced by The Chic Organization for themselves and others, "pound for pound, I think We Are Family is our best album hands down." [4] The lead vocals to We Are Family were recorded in a single take by then, 18 year old Kathy Sledge.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

Side A[edit]

Side A
  1. "He's the Greatest Dancer" – 6:16
  2. "Lost In Music" – 4:52
  3. "Somebody Loves Me" – 4:59
  4. "Thinking of You" – 4:31

Side B[edit]

  1. "We Are Family" – 8:24
  2. "Easier to Love" – 5:05
  3. "You're a Friend to Me" – 5:31
  4. "One More Time" – 3:17

1995 remastered cd bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "We Are Family (Sure Is Pure Remix)" – 8:05
  2. "We Are Family (Steve Anderson DMC Remix)" – 8:13
  3. "Lost in Music (Sure Is Pure Remix)" – 8:38
  4. "Lost in Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Remix)" – 6:37

Personnel[edit]

  • Kathy Sledge - Lead VocalsTrk. 1, 3, 4, 5
  • Debbie Sledge - Lead Vocals "You're a Friend to Me"
  • Joni Sledge - Lead Vocals "Lost in Music", "Easier to Love"
  • Kim Sledge - Lead Vocals "One More Time".
  • Nile Rodgers - Guitar
  • Bernard Edwards - Bass
  • Tony Thompson - Drums
  • Robert Sabino - Piano, Clavinet
  • Raymond Jones - Keyboards, Fender Rhodes
  • Andy Schwartz - Piano
  • Sammy Figueroa - Percussion
  • Jon Faddis, Ellen Seeling - Trumpet
  • Barry Rogers - Trombone
  • Jean Fineberg - Saxophone
  • Alex Foster - Saxophone, Flute
  • Gene Orloff - Concert Master
  • Cheryl Hong, Marianne Carroll, Karen Milne (The Chic Strings) - Strings
  • Luther Vandross, Norma Jean Wright, David Lasley, Alfa Anderson, Diva Gray - Backing Vocals
  • Simon LeBon - Additional vocals on "Lost in Music" (1984 mix)
  • Andy Taylor - Additional vocals on "Lost in Music" (1984 mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[5] 3
Billboard Top Soul Albums[5] 1

Singles

Year Single Chart positions[6]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1979 "He's the Greatest Dancer" 9 1 1
"We Are Family" 2 1
"Lost in Music" 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. We Are Family > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "We Are Family > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (May 3–16, 1979): 25. 
  4. ^ Nile Rodgers (2011). Le Freak. Little, Brown & Company, London. ISBN 9-781-84744-314-4. 
  5. ^ a b "Sister Sledge US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Sister Sledge US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 

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