Real People (album)

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Real People
Chic - Real People.jpg
Studio album by Chic
Released June 30, 1980
Recorded 1980; The Power Station, New York City
Genre Disco, funk, R&B, jazz, samba
Length 37:03
Label Atlantic
Producer Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Chic chronology
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits
(1979)
Real People
(1980)
Take It Off
(1981)
Singles from Real People
  1. "Rebels Are We"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Real People"
    Released: 1980
  3. "26"
    Released: 1980

Real People is the fourth studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1980. It includes the singles "Rebels Are We" (US R&B #8, Pop #61), "Real People" (#51 R&B, #79 Pop), and "26" (issued only in the UK).

The album was one of four written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in 1980, the other three being Sister Sledge's Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion's King of the World, and Diana Ross' multi-platinum selling album Diana.

The album peaked at #30 on the US Albums chart and #8 on the US R&B chart, a modest commercial success in comparison both to the Diana Ross project and their previous albums, most likely due to the so-called "anti-disco backlash". Though in spite of the backlash, all of the album cuts peaked at #29 on the American dance charts.[1]

Real People was released on CD by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991. It was digitally remastered and reissued by Wounded Bird Records in 2003.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record Guide A[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
MusicHound R&B 3/5[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Smash Hits 8/10[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[8]
The Village Voice A–[9]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau deemed Real People a better record than Chic's Risqué (1979), even though it lacked a song as great as "Good Times". "Jumpy, scintillating rhythms fuse with elegantly abrasive textures for a funk that's not light but sharp", he wrote. "Plus post-chic words that go with the attention-grabbing heat and invention of Nile Rodgers's postrock guitar."[9] In his year-end list for the Pazz & Jop critics poll, Christgau named it the 15th best album of 1980.[10] AllMusic's Alex Henderson was less impressed in a retrospective review, calling Real People a satisfactory effort but inessential, highlighted by "Rebels Are We", "I Got Protection", and "Chip off the Old Block", none of which he said were good as Chic's past hits.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

Side A[edit]

  1. "Open Up" - 3:52
  2. "Real People" - 5:20 About this sound Listen 
  3. "I Loved You More" - 3:06
  4. "I Got Protection" - 6:22

Side B[edit]

  1. "Rebels Are We" - 4:53 About this sound Listen 
  2. "Chip Off the Old Block" - 4:56
  3. "26" - 3:57 About this sound Listen 
  4. "You Can't Do It Alone" - 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bernard Edwards - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Nile Rodgers - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Bob Clearmountain - engineer
  • Lucy Laurie - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson - assistant engineer
  • Garry Rindfuss - assistant engineer
  • Dennis King - mastering
  • Bob Defrin - art direction
  • Bob Kiss - photography
  • All songs recorded and mixed at Power Station, New York.
  • Mastered at Atlantic Studios, NY.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 57. 
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Real People – Chic | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Chic". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. p. 88. ISBN 067973015X. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Chic". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857125958. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; du Lac, Josh Freedom; McFarlin, Jim, eds. (1998). "Chic". MusicHound R&B: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. ISBN 1578590264. 
  6. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). "Chic". The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 129. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. 
  7. ^ Hillier, Bev. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 24 – August 6 1980): 29. 
  8. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Chic". Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (February 2, 1981). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 9, 1981). "Pazz & Jop 1980: The Year of the Lollapalooza". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 13, 2016.