C’est Chic is the second studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1978.
C’est Chic includes the band’s signature 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. The album also contains the hit single “I Want Your Love” (number 5 R&B, number 7 Pop, number 4 UK).
C’est Chic was the band’s most commercially successful album, reaching number 4 on Billboard’s album chart and topping the US R&B chart for eleven weeks. C’est Chic was Billboard’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 the RIAA, selling over a million copies. In the UK it peaked at number 2 and has been certified Gold by the BPI.
The European version was originally called Très Chic, with the cover featuring a woman wrapped around a neon light tube. It was withdrawn and replaced with the C’est Chic version with a less risqué cover. Très Chic had a different track listing.
C’est Chic was released on compact disc by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991. The album has been digitally remastered and re-issued twice: first in 2011 by Warner Music Japan and then in 2018 at Abbey Road Studios by Atlantic.
1 Chic Cheer (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 04:44
2 Le Freak (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 05:31
3 Savoir Faire (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 05:04
4 Happy Man (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 04:27
5 I Want Your Love (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 06:57
6 At Last I Am Free (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 07:11
7 Sometimes You Win (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 04:29
8 (Funny) Bone (Bernard Edwards; Nile Rodgers) 03:42
|Electric Piano||Rob Sabino|
|Fender Rhodes||Raymond Jones|
|Tubular Bells||Jose Rossy|
Strings – Cheryl Hong, Karen Milne, Marianne Carroll
Producer – Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Co-producer – Marc Kreiner, Tom Cossie
Arranged By – Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
Conductor – Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Engineer – Bob Clearmountain
Engineer – Burt Szerlip (Track 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Jeff Hendrickson, Raymond Willard
Mastered By – Dennis King
Art Direction – Bob Defrin
Photography – Joel Brodsky
Mastered At Atlantic Studios
Phonographic Copyright Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright Atlantic Recording Corporation