Nile Rodgers Presents The Chic Organization: Up All Night
Nile Rodgers Presents The Chic Organization
Up All Night
Opening with the instantly recognizable, flanky rhythm guitar and perfectly placed horn strikes of “Le Chic,” Nile Rodgers’ collection, Up All Night, from his Chic Organization features the artists that the multi-talented Mr. Rodgers wrote, produced and played for.
True, these are all ’70s-influenced tunes, but the instrumentation is perfect. From the super commercial “Upside Down” Diana Ross hit, the bass mover “Everybody Dance” from Sister Sledge (that’s the amazing Bernard Edwards on bass here playing an amazing funk groove), the truly mega “We Are Family” up to Norma Jean Wright’s acoustic sweeping “Saturday.” There’s tons of good stuff here.
The wonderfully funky 12-inch remix of Debbie’s Harry’s rap verses on “Backfire” shows when a more “modern” artist gets the Chic treatment and works it to her betterment; the decidedly ’80s-sounding “Why” from Carly Simon and “I Love My Lady” with Johnny Mathis at the helm, shows those moments when things don’t work so well.
Shelia’s “Your Love Is Good” is floaty with soft, perfectly placed vocals. “My Feet Keep Dancing” and the bells-led lead of “I Want Your Love,” both from Chic, certainly show off Edwards’ mastery and a live-sounding “Chic Cheer” ends the album.
From Sister Sledge to Diana Ross, others and a whole bunch of Chic, you can find some great funky moments on the sprawling 25-song Up All Night.
You can purchase the album here.