Risqué (album)

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Risqué
Chic-Risque.jpg
Studio album by Chic
Released July 30, 1979
Recorded 1979; The Power Station, New York City
Genre
Length 36:46
Label Atlantic
Producer
Chic chronology
C'est Chic
(1978)
Risqué
(1979)
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits
(1979)
Singles from Risqué
  1. "Good Times"
    Released: 1979
  2. "My Forbidden Lover"
    Released: 1979
  3. "My Feet Keep Dancing"
    Released: 1979

Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era,[1] the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave.[2]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A-)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide (9/10)[3]
Martin C. Strong (8/10)[3]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Le Guide du CD 3/4 stars[3]
Music Story 4.5/5 stars[3]

Risqué includes three classic Chic hits; "Good Times" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B June 23, 1979, #5 UK), "My Forbidden Lover" (#33 R&B, #43 Pop October 13, 1979, #15 UK) and "My Feet Keep Dancing" (#42 R&B, #101 Pop December 8, 1979, #21 UK). Risqué reached #5 on the US albums chart and #2 on the US R&B chart. It has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales over 1 million copies. It peaked at #29 in the UK and was certified Silver by the BPI.

Risqué was released on compact disc by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991 (catalogue number 7567-80406-2). The album was digitally remastered and re-issued by Warner Music Japan in 2011.

Legacy[edit]

"Good Times" has been extensively sampled in other artists' works. "Will You Cry" was sampled in "Just a Moment" by Nas from the album Street's Disciple.

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to Risqué is adapted from Acclaimed Music, except where otherwise noted.[3]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Blender United States The 100 Greatest American Albums of All time 2002 36
Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein The 40 Best of Album Chartmakers by Year 1981 7
Robert Dimery 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 2013 *
Rolling Stone The Essential 200 Rock Records 1997 *
Tom Moon 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die 2008 *
The Guardian United Kingdom 100 Albums that Don't Appear in All Other Top 100 Album Lists 1999 34
1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die 2007 *
My Favourite Album Series 2011 *
Guardian Writers' Favourite Albums Ever 2013 17
Mojo Mojo 1000, the Ultimate CD Buyers Guide 2001 *
The Mojo Collection, 3rd and/or 4th Edition 2003/2007 *
Paul Morley Words and Music, 5 x 100 Greatest Albums of All Time 2003 *
NME Albums of the Year 1979 23
NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013 208
Q The 50 Best Albums of the 70s 1998 45
The Rough Guide Soul: 100 Essential CDs 2000 *
Gilles Verlant France 300+ Best Albums in the History of Rock 2013 *
Les Inrockuptibles 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll 2004 *
Philippe Manœuvre 100 Necessary Albums 2014 *
Rock & Folk The 300 Best Albums from 1965-1995 1995 *
The Best Albums from 1963 to 1999 1999 *
555 Albums from 1954-2014 2014 *
Télérama The Best Albums of All Time 1993 *
(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Good Times"   8:08
2. "A Warm Summer Night"   6:10
3. "My Feet Keep Dancing"   6:38
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "My Forbidden Lover"   4:39
5. "Can't Stand to Love You"   2:56
6. "Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)"   4:06
7. "What About Me?"   4:09

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bernard Edwards - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Nile Rodgers - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Bob Clearmountain - sound engineer
  • Jackson Schwartz - engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson - engineer
  • Jim Galante - engineer
  • Peter Robbins - engineer
  • Ray Willard - engineer
  • Dennis King - mastering
  • Carin Goldberg - art direction
  • Ken Ambrose - photography
  • All songs recorded and mixed at Power Station in New York. Mastered at Atlantic Studios, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamsley, David (November 24, 2015). To Disco, with Love: The Records That Defined an Era. Flatiron Books. p. 285. ISBN 978-1250068453. 
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Risqué - Chic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Acclaimed Music – Risqué. Acclaimed Music. Retrieved on February 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (November 2, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside. p. 161. ISBN 978-0743201698. 

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